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Emma Frans

Emma Frans (b. 1981) has a PhD in medical epidemiology, is a scientist at world renowned Karolinska Institutet and has previously taught at the University of Oxford. She has successfully gained a large following on social media with her witty and point on content on critical thinking and scientific approach. Emma writes columns for Svenska Dagbladet, has been a host on Swedish National television for Future Around the Corner and The Nobel Studio and has hosted the podcast Heart and Brain for Swedish National radio (winner of Radio Show of The Year 2020). In 2017 she was awarded The Big Journalist prize in the category Voice of The Year. Later the same year she was announced as Educationalist of the year by the Swedish Science and Education Association. She has since then received several awards and is a prominent voice in Swedish and international media.


Natur & Kultur Popular Science Award Sweden 2024
Shortlisted for The Carl von Linné Plaque Sweden – Tänk som en forskare Think Like a Scientist 2023
H.M. The King’s medal, The Royal Order of the Seraphim Sweden 2021
The Golden Ear, Hjärta & Hjärna (Radio program of the year) Sweden 2020
Public Educator of the Year Sweden 2019
“100 years of Democracy” Sweden’s Government Office (Democracy ambassador ) Sweden 2018
Great Journalist Award (Voice of the Year) Sweden 2017
Educator of the Year Sweden 2017
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Emma Frans awarded Natur & Kultur’s Popular Science Award

The scientist, author, and science writer Emma Frans has been given the publishing house Natur & Kultur’s Popular Science Award. She receives the prize for “her broad and lively communication of research and science.” Natur & Kultur’s Popular Science Award has been presented since 2017 to people who successfully reach the broad public with their research.

The motivation reads as follows:

“With her multifaceted and knowledgeable participation in the societal discussion, Emma Frans has contributed to deepening the understanding of research and the role of the researcher. Her work helps us all think critically and understand how we can use science to make fact-based decisions.”

The award ceremony will take place at Södra teatern in Stockholm the 14th of May.

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