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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 your opinions.

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 between them.

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

Public 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:

Scientific 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.

The Naked Scientists
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 Nobel laureates.

The Royal Society
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.

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