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Abstract

Important questions for the future of science in an enlarged Europe are raised by the first major Commission survey in the Candidate Countries published today. More than half of all people questioned had little interest in science and technology, with young men in Cyprus and Hungary the most likely to value science, and older women in Bulgaria and Turkey the least. Young people are turning their backs on scientific careers, citing poor salary prospects as the chief reason. However, eight out of ten people believed that science could improve their quality of life and cure terminal illnesses and that generally European research delivered positive results.

The fieldwork for the survey was carried out in November 2002 by the Gallup Organisation, Hungary, on behalf of the European Commission, Press and Communication DG, at the joint request of the Directorate General for Research and Directorate General Agriculture.

The full Eurobarometer survey report is available only in English and can be downloaded below. To access fact sheets, in each of the candidate countries' languages, on the following four topics, please http://europa.eu/comm/research/press_en.html (click here):
- Communicating science
- Economic development
- Science and ethics views
- Young people & the appeal of science

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Record Number: 1991 / Last updated on: 2003-04-04
Category: STUD