European Researchers’ Night in Sweden has been coordinated under the name ForskarFredag (Researchers’ Friday) since 2006. It is Sweden’s most widespread science festival with annual events in 30 cities held on the last Friday in September.

European Researchers’ Night was organised for the first time in 2005 around Europe and in a number of locations in Sweden. Since 2006, it is run in Sweden under the name ForskarFredag (Researcher Friday), coordinated by the Swedish non-profit organisation Vetenskap och Allmänhet, VA (Public and Science). Since then, European Researchers’ Night has been arranged annually and coordinated by VA in partnership with the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova.

In 2017 ForskarFredag is run with financial support from AFA Insurance, IKEM – Innovation and Chemical Industries in Sweden, the Swedish Steel Producers’ Association, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists, the Oscar and Maria Ekman Philanthropic Fund, The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers, SULF – the Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers, The Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, Vinnova – Sweden’s Innovation Agency and the ÅForsk Foundation.

The project is funded by the European Commission under HORIZON 2020 in the framework of the Marie Sklodowska Curie actions.

Local events are arranged by universities, science centres, museums, research centres, municipalities and a regional development council. The target audience is the general public, in particular young people.

As part of European Researchers’ Night, VA organises the Researchers’ Grand Prix with regional heats held in a number of cities and also coordinates an annual mass experiment involving schools across Sweden.


Read more about Researchers’ Night in the EU here.

For further information, please contact the local Managers of Researchers’ Night in Sweden here.