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What is Science and Society?

Science and Society is a new general domain in the European Union's Sixth Framework Programme for research (FP6). However, science and society is not an entirely new area. Several science and society issues were covered in former Framework Programmes, such as the 'improving human potential' initiative, gender issues and raising public awareness, which included prizes and science week networking. Moreover, about 100 projects in the Fifth Framework Programme included an ethical review. As such, research in this domain blends several elements from the past while introducing new areas and priorities for Science and Society in FP6.

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Science and Society's vision

Science and society's vision is to help create an environment where:

  1. the public at large - especially youngpeople - are more aware, informed and excited about science
  2. scientific effort is naturally open to public concerns and aspirations
  3. both policy-makers and citizens can make informed choices from the range of options presented by technological progress

The Science and Society action draws its inspiration from the fact that Europeans feel under-informed about science and research, youngsters are turning away from scientific studies and careers and people misunderstand - and sometimes mistrust - scientists and their activities, according to Eurobarometer studies on science and society in the EU Member States and candidate countries.

Further information:

  • Europeans, science and technology; Eurobarometer survey [pdf]
  • Candidate Countries; Eurobarometer survey [pdf]
  • Enlargement Directorate-General
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