• Public awareness and understanding of science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
has several missions. One of the missions is to create an increasing
public understanding and appreciation of the importance and promise
of science for human progress. On this site you find information
about programs for scientists and journalists as well as information
about relevant publications.
Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) is an international
association of communicators and information technologists in
education, government, and research. ACE develops professional
skills of its members to extend knowledge about agriculture, natural
resources, and human sciences to people worldwide.
The Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated (ASTC)
is an organisation of science centres and museums dedicated to
furthering the public understanding of science.
Bionet - the site that lets you explore and debate the latest
discoveries in life sciences - has been created by eight European
science centres and museums, and is presented in nine different
languages. You can explore the science, look at the ethical issues,
compare the laws in different countries, play games and express
Scientists sometimes seem to live in their own bizarre realm that
bears little relation to the outside world. The EU's Sixth
Framework Programme (FP6) aims to dismantle the barriers between
the scientific community and society by promoting effective communication
CASTEX : Common Approach for Scientific Touring Exhibition - the
European thematic network of Natural History Museums (NHM). It
has for objective to demonstrate the efficiency of a combined
approach at EU level by co-producing a science based touring exhibition
integrating museum requirements.
The idea behind CHEMistry for Life was that there should be a
joint campaign mounted across Europe by all the science centres
and technology museums, aiming to offset the negative image of
chemistry in the public eye. A more accurate and more objective
assessment of the opportunities and risks presented by chemistry
is to be achieved through refurbishing and restyling of museum
chemistry sections, supported by experiments, demonstrations and
the hands-on involvement of visitors themselves.
ISOTOPE (Informing Science Outreach and Public Engagement) is an action research project that began in January 2006.
It is an open-source, member-driven website containing information and resources for the science outreach and public engagement practitioner community.
The Ocean as a link between Research and Citizen's Concern: the
OCEANICS Project is devoted to communicating to some of the major
ocean's science and sustainability issues - in link with our every
day life - to the European public at large.
The Office on Public Understanding of Science (OPUS) is a part
of the National Academy of Sciences. The mission of OPUS is to
foster the mutual responsibility of scientists and the media to
communicate to the public the nature of science and its processes
as well as its results.
A guide to quality Internet resources on public engagement
with science and technology run by the Wellcome Trust Library
for the History and Understanding of Medicine
Understanding of Science
This electronic journal is called Public Understanding of Science.
The journal encourages open debate of contrasting and sometimes
conflicting viewpoints on all aspects of the interrelationships
between science and the public.
RTD info - Communicating science
Each quarter, the Research DG RTD info magazine presents examples
of good practice in science or research communication:
awareness in EU
Modern society depends on scientific discovery and applying this
new knowledge through technology. However, the role that science
plays in our daily lives is often overlooked or taken for granted
and public opinion is often only mobilised when research and new
discoveries raise ethical questions. For these reasons, the public
needs to be properly informed, so that it can make up its mind
on the issues.
This site utilises streaming technology to permit you to hear
recent scientific, medical and technological discoveries and breakthroughs
being discussed by experts in their fields, and includes contributions
from famous scientists of world-class standing, including several
The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the
UK dedicated to promoting excellence in science The Royal Society
has agreements and memoranda of understanding covering scientific
exchanges and other activities with national academies of science
and leading scientific organisations in many countries.