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Optimilizing public understanding of science and technology in europe

Objective

The pervasiveness of science and technology's influence in every aspect of modern life implies a necessity for citizens to understand and appreciate the contributions, but also the limits, of what research and technological development can/should provide for human society and the natural environment. However, there seems to be a general lack of public awareness of European-level research activities and their impact on the economy, the quality of life, employment and environment. The OPUS thematic network which brings together leading experts and practitioners in field of Public Understanding of Science aims at reviewing the different national practices/activities to raise public awareness, at comparing them in order to understand the influence of particular contexts and at studying the transferability of best practice initiatives across national boundaries and to the European level. The result will be policy recommendations for improving public visibility of science and technology in Europe as well as a Handbook bringing together both theoretical synthesis of discussions and the empirical material.

Funding Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA
Address
Sensegasse, 8/10
1090 Wien
Austria

Participants (5)

FONDATION TRAVAIL-UNIVERSITE ASBL
Belgium
Address
5,Rue De L'arsenal 5
5000 Namur / Namen
GOETEBORG UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
12,Dicksonsgatan 12
40530 Goeteborg
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE CIENCIAS DO TRABALHO E DA EMPRESA
Portugal
Address
Avenida Das Forcas Armadas
1650 Lisboa
UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR, STRASBOURG 1
France
Address
Rue De L'université, 7
67000 Strasbourg
UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Manbey Park Road, Maryland House
E15 IE4 London