Science for all
As advances in knowledge and technology speed
ahead, the scientific community and society appear to be gradually
drifting apart. But science affects us all and so it should
be open to all.
The European Union is working to jumpstart
public interest in science and address issues arising from
the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies.
The Public Understanding section looks into efforts under
the Sixth Framework Programme to engage citizens in the research
process, to analyse and understand public perceptions, and
to step up public debate on important issues, going beyond
those that are purely scientific.
It also explores the problems involved in communicating
the complexities of the life sciences to a broader public,
and ways of improving coverage of the biosciences in the media.
You can find useful information on the
Specific Support Actions – an important funding instrument for fostering public debate life science research – available under FP6.
We also delve into the views of citizens by publishing the
findings of EU-wide and national biosociety polls, including
a series of Eurobarometer
surveys on what the European public thinks about biotechnology.
These polls shed light on the public’s opinions, knowledge
and perceptions of the biosciences and biotechnologies.
A series of Fact Sheets on ‘hot’ and topical biosociety issues will soon be available online.
The biosociety website also conducts its own
opinion polls to canvass the views of its readers. To take
part in one of our polls or to view past results, click