“For research to be really impactful, the public has to be involved. They need to understand the research and we need to help to connect the research to what people care about,” says Imran Khan, Head of Public Engagement at Wellcome Trust in the UK, one of the world’s largest research funders. But do the public wish to be involved in science? The German and Swedish Science Barometers, the EU-project ORION Open ScienceEuropean public attitudes survey and the Wellcome Trust Global Monitor have all asked this question.
Interest in life sciences research is generally high among citizens. The three most accepted purposes of using genome editing are related to the medical field. These are results from a survey and a report on ”Public attitudes to life sciences research in six European countries” conducted by VA in Sweden and CEITEC in the Czech Republic as part of the ORION Open Science project.
Det nya EU-projektet ORION ska undersöka hur forskande och forskningsfinansierande organisationer kan bli öppnare och ta in fler samhällsperspektiv. VA är en av nio partnerorganisationer som denna vecka samlas i Barcelona för att starta projektet.
ORION is a new collaborative European project to explore ways in which research and funding organisations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the way they fund, organise and do research. VA (Public & Science) is one of the nine partners in the project. ORION kicks off in Barcelona this week.