Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

Abstract

The Eurobarometer survey, requested by the Research Directorate-General, offers an insight into how European citizens view science and technology. The main results of the Eurobarometer show that:
- There is a real gap between science and society. Two thirds of participants in the survey think that they are badly informed on science and technology while 45.3% declare that they are interested in the topics;
- Science remains a very positive value in our society; citizens expect a lot from scientific progress and want political decisions to rely more on experts' advice;
- The majority of Europeans call for reinforced control of research activities particularly in terms of consumer protection, employment and social issues, energy and science;
- Although crises like BSE can strengthen the image and importance of research, scientists have an ambiguous image, especially in terms of their assumed responsibility in the misuse of their discoveries by other people;
- There is large support for European research, in particular the need to better co-ordinate research and enlargement, which is seen to promote the scientific potential of both the candidate countries and the current Member States;
- Finally, the level of Europeans' scientific literacy is stable compared with 1992 (previous survey undertaken by the Commission).

To raise the awareness and knowledge of Europe's citizens regarding science issues, the Commission proposes in its action plan measures regarding:
- Promotion of scientific education and culture;
- Bringing scientific policy closer to citizens;
- A responsible science at the heart of policy making.

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Record Number: 1751 / Last updated on: 2002-01-07
Category: MISC