Research Communication is one of the Swedish Research Council's core activities. The government's assignment includes overall responsibility for the coordination of the communication of research and research results. In contributing to cooperation and dialogue between the scientific community and society, the Swedish Research Council works to ensure the quality of research, and in the long-term works to ensure that research will benefit society.
Today, the concept of research communication accommodates several perspectives, from communicating scientific findings through to research information, to actively engaging in dialogue as an integral part of the scientific process in which researchers, other actors in society and the public interact. Whatever the perspective, the researcher is always a key player in communication.
The Swedish Research Council collaborates with universities and other research actors to find new ways for dialogue within the research community, partly to facilitate making the knowledge that research leads to accessible to everyone, and partly to discuss and improve research and researchers' conditions.
The Swedish Research Council works on this assignment in many different ways, including through funding activities and projects, and counselling and participating in national and international networks in the field. An important aspect is also the editorial work and the development of the digital channels forskning.se and the magazine Curie, which focus on issues in research results and conditions, as well creating new common meeting places for scientists and society, developing popular scientific methods, highlighting issues within research to debate, and actively promoting international cooperation. Cooperation takes place primarily with universities and other research funders, but also with other stakeholders.