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Science, society and the citizen in Europe. Commission working document. SEC(2000) 1973

Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY


This document looks at various topical issues that are causing growing concern to individuals and policy-makers alike and are encompassed under the general heading of "Science, society and the citizen": The central focus is how to implement research policy around the real aims of society and fully involve society in seeing through the research agenda. How should we manage risks? What implications arise from adopting the precautionary principle? How can ethical issues and the ethical consequences of technological progress be taken into account, at the same time as the need for freedom of research and access to knowledge? What needs to be done in order to underpin the dialogue between science and society, to improve the public's knowledge of science, to increase the interest of the young in scientific careers, and to expand the role and place of women in science and research?

The document sets out to:
- spark a debate on these issues at European level by providing a frame of reference for
- put forward suggestions for action, based on succinct analyses, in the various areas at
national, regional and European level;
- seek proposals for new ways of thinking about these issues and actions that could be taken.

The outcomes of the broad debate this document stimulates will be used by the Commission as the basis for policy initiatives designed to lead to concrete actions.

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Record Number: 4842 / Last updated on: 2002-12-11