Science and technology have an impact on almost every part of our daily lives. In spite of this there can be a degree of ambivalence about science in our wider society, and past research has shown that there is not always a widespread understanding of science, or
scientific methods. This has led to calls for a more open dialogue between scientists, policy makers and the general public.
Developments in science and technology also have a key role to play in delivering the Europe 2020 growth strategy, and in particular the innovation union initiative. Previous studies have indicated many Europeans do not have any scientific education, and there is
a knowledge gap with many interested in science and technology, but not feeling informed. The previous survey in 2010 also pointed to some degree of negativity about the potential benefits of science, and its impact in some areas of life.
This summary follows on from that of 2010, in addressing European citizens’ general attitudes towards science and technology, and in particular: European citizens’ interest and level of information in the area; Education in and attitudes towards science and technology; Sources of information about science and technology; The level of involvement Europeans should have in decisions about science and technology; The role of ethics and ethical behaviour in research; Young people and science; Gender issues and science; Open access to research results; Look at changes in opinion since the last survey in 2010.
The summary covers the 28 Member States. The findings have been analysed firstly at EU level and secondly by country. Where possible results will be compared with the survey conducted in 2010.