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 four minutes! Together, expert judges and the audience decide the winner.


The final of the 2014 Researchers’ Grand Prix was held in Stockholm on 25 November. Finalists from regional heats held around Sweden came face-to-face to discover which one is the most skilled communicator in Sweden and can give the most captivating, inspiring and educational presentation about their research. Michael Braian, a researcher in dental prosthetics from Malmö University, beat seven other finalists to be voted winner of the 2014 Researchers’ Grand Prix.

The judges were actress and comedian Nour El-RefaiPatrik Hadenius, journalist and editor of a number of Swedish magazines, including Research & Progress and Göran Östlin, Professor of Astronomy at Stockholm University. Read more about the national final in the press release and read an interview with Michael Braian.


  • Blekinge – Peter Anderberg
  • Borås – Kamran Rousta 
  • Eskilstuna/Västerås – Eric Hansen
  • Gothenburg – Åsa Lundevall
  • Lund – Johan Mauritsson
  • Malmö – Michael Braian
  • Stockholm – Peter Olsén
  • Sundsvall – Benny Thörnberg
  • Trollhättan – Petter Hagqvist

Read more about the 2014 finalists here.

The Researchers’ Grand Prix is organised jointly by the Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public and Science), the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas), the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare (Forte) and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA). Regional heats are run by a number of local organisers in different parts of Sweden as part of European Researchers’ Night. 

In 2014 Researchers’ Night was held in 23 cities around Sweden and in over 30 countries around Europe.  Members of the public, including young people, were invited to participate in hundreds of free activities, try their hand at experiments, meet scientists and be inspired by research.

Find out more about the competition concept here.

For more information, contact the organisers.