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Research that counts on citizens - Letting society into Europe’s research programmes

Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY


Surveys of public opinion suggest that the gap between the scientific community and society at large is widening. The reasons for this are varied and certainly complex, but it is clear that large sections of the population can feel left behind by the rapid advances in scientific knowledge and technology. More must be done not only to raise public awareness of scientific issues, but also to find ways of actively engaging with civil society, stakeholder groups and the public at large in the preparation and execution of research.
In recent years, the European Union has made a concerted effort to bridge the science and society divide and create a more unified European research community - the spirit of which is engendered in the European Research Area (ERA). Thoughtful policy-making has led to better networking opportunities and schemes for helping researchers keep informed about one another’s work. But also to engage citizens on the scientific developments which matter to them.
‘Science and Society’ actions and initiatives, which have been prioritised at the European level, are steadily promoting a more inclusive and more informed debate on controversial issues. They are also having an impact across scientific disciplines - biotechnology, health, industrial technology, transport, environment, energy, etc. - which enhances the value of science for society as a whole, and can form a stimulating and creative part of research activities.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. various paging, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-69-05-351-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9936-2
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