A new Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research was launched this week by the UK’s research funding bodies. The Concordat aims to increase the focus on public engagement and to embed it within UK universities and research institutes.
Businesses need new knowledge in order to innovate, develop and become successful. But how should these new ideas be obtained and by whom? These were the key questions discussed at an interactive seminar, organised by the Swedish association VA (Public & Science) on July 5 as part of 2010 EuroScience Open Forum in Turin, Italy.
Only one in four Swedes, 27 percent, think that Sweden has a good research climate. Just under half, 45 percent, believe that more investment in research will lead to a better society for all. These are two conclusions from a new study conducted by Swedish organisation VA (Public & Science), in cooperation with the SOM Institute.
US citizens are increasingly concerned about the environment. They express high levels of support for government funding of research and over half of Americans think scientists have “very great prestige”.
Barely six out of ten Swedes have confidence in scientists and there has been a decline of six percentage points over the past year. Supporters of the Left Party and the Nationalist Democrats (political parties at each end of the political spectrum) have the least positive view of scientific development, according to a new study carried out by Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science), VA, and the SOM Institute.