Science Engagement is understood and practiced very differently in each context. The Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden connects Nordic Science Engagement and international practitioners with the aim of fostering knowledge-exchange and facilitating new collaborations. The network is coordinated by Vetenskap & Allmänhet (VA), a Swedish non-profit organisation aiming at promoting dialogue and openness between researchers and the public located in Stockholm.


The Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden brings together participants not only from Sweden but also across the Nordic and Baltic countries. Do you want to join the Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden community? Please get in touch with Maria Hagardt, international relations and communications manager at Vetenskap & Allmänhet.


International ‘Eftersnack’, April 2021

On the occasion of the annual Forum for Science Communication (FFF) 2021 in Gothenburg, the Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden and hosted an online international ‘Eftersnack’ gathering Swedish and international Science Engagers on 15 April 2021.

This online networking event was the opportunity to discuss new tools, tricks and lessons learned during the pandemic and share visions and hopes for the future. The results and ideas will be fed into the forthcoming Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden activities.

A newly set up project – Utopian Stories – was presented by Marianne Loor, Communications Manager at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. This transdisciplinary Citizen Science project links together the behavioural changes during the pandemic with climate change adaptation and visions for the future, connecting school classes with researchers. A glimpse of the activities within the RETHINK EU project was also given by Cissi Askwall, Secretary General of VA.

Find out more and rewatch the session here.

LAUNCH OF THE FALLING WALLS engage hub sweden, MAY 2020

This Hub launch took place on Monday 27 April and Monday 4 May 2020 over two online sessions and gathered 25 international Science Engagers from 16 countries. With the theme ‘How to engage the public when you can’t meet in person’, participants discussed ideas and creative methods to engage audiences in virtual spaces. The online sessions were facilitated by the Work Transformation Collective.

Get a glimpse of the Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden in the highlight video below. 

Maria Hagardt


Maria Hagardt is the Hub Manager for the Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden, and the International Relations & Communications Manager at Vetenskap & Allmänhet (VA). She works mainly with developing VA’s international collaborations and coordinating the Nordic-Baltic Scicomm network, the Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden and working in EU-projects such as ORION Open Science and Allthings.Bio. As a former National Contact Point for the Horizon 2020 programme and a Communication Officer at the European Commission, Maria also has a vast knowledge about EU policy.

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