Alva Appelgren, Karolinska Institute, researches how unconscious thoughts about intelligence affect how people react to mistakes.


The final of Researchers’ Grand Prix 2013 is closed: Read more about the winner here!

Researchers’ Grand Prix is a Swedish competition that challenges researchers to present their research in as captivating, inspiring and educational a way as possible – in just three minutes! Together, expert judges and the audience decide the winner.

Researchers’ Grand Prix is organised by the Swedish non-profit organisation Vetenskap och Allmänhet (Public and Science) together with Swedish Research Council and three other research councils, Formas, Forte and VINNOVA.  Regional heats are run by a number of local organisers in different parts of Sweden as part of the Researchers’ Night, with support from the European Commission.

The 2013 regional heats were held on 27 September in Gothenburg, Kalmar and Kronobergs County, Karlshamn, Karlstad, Kristianstad, Lund, Malmö, Stockholm and Örebro.


The final of Researchers’ Grand Prix took place the 5 December. Nine contestants from different parts of Sweden qualified for the finals and came face-to-face at the Debaser Medis club in central Stockholm. During an evening compered by Swedish comedian Karin Adelsköld, they competed to discover which one is the most skilled communicator in Sweden and can give the most captivating, inspiring and educational presentation.

The expert judging panel consisted of actress and comedian Nour El-Refai, Patrik Hadenius, Editor of the Swedish magazine ‘Research & Progress’ and Göran Östlin, Professor of Astronomy at Stockholm University.

The prize was presented by Charlotte Brogren, General Director of VINNOVA, Sweden’s innovation agency.

The finalists were:

Alva Appelgren, Karolinska Institute, researches how unconscious thoughts about intelligence affect how people react to mistakes
Cecilia Berlin, Chalmers University of Technology, researches how demographic changes will affect Swedish and European manufacturing in the future
Marco Bertoni, Blekinge Institute of Technology, researches product-service development
Daniel Jönsson, Malmö University, researches why some people with poor oral hygiene don’t get problems with their teeth and gums
Christina Isaxon, Lund University, researches air pollution and its particles to find out how they affect our health
Per Kristensson, Karlstad University, researches consumer behaviour, thoughts and emotions
Joachim Liedtke, Kristianstad University, researches how to facilitate the learning of foreign languages
Andreas Ohlin, Örebro University Hospital, researches about very young children and the infections they get
Andreas Svensson, Linnaeus University, researches the behavioural strategies of fish and other animals

Read more about the 2013 competition here.

If you are interested in competing in next year’s competition contact your local organiser. Find out more about the competition concept here.


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