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The themes dealt within this dcocument are the possible strategies to "multiply" the subjectiveness of NGOs in a specific field of intervention, that of scientific and technological communication, and to valorise their function of intermediaries between institutions and the public. However these are seen as representing only some of the potentialities that these new actors may perform. What emerges from the study is that the public generally beholds a profound trust in NGOs and that considering the crisis of more traditional agencies for social representation - Parties, Trade Unions, the Church and the Nation State itself - we may therefore benefit from such a trust and cleverly exploit it to build further bridges between the world of RTD, the EU institutions and society. At the same time the NGOs' ability to act with an enormous motivational charge and to mobilise even symbolic resources present in society and individualsrepresents an asset that may give an important contribution to the grand and ambitious plan to build an Europe of citizens.

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