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A European Pilot Program Science Generation: Helping to narrow the gap between the biosciences and ordinary citizens France, Italy, Sweden In partnership with Euro-CASE, FAST, IVA and with the support of the European Commission Milan, March 2003 What Are The Principal Objectives?

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A European Pilot Program

Science Generation:

Helping to narrow the gap between the biosciences and ordinary citizens

France, Italy, Sweden

In partnership with Euro-CASE, FAST, IVA

and with the support of the European Commission

Milan, March 2003

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What Are The Principal Objectives?

  • To give our fellow citizens—and, more particularly, young people, parents and teachers—an active role to play, enabling them to acquire more knowledge and to enjoy the freedom to express what they expect from the biosciences.
  • To promote science “without frontiers” by promoting interaction at a regional, national and pan-European level as well as providing a broad intercultural/interdisciplinary perspective.
  • To promote a pan-European movement, thanks to the pooling of experience between the first 3 partner countries (France, Italy, Sweden) and to foster the development of joint initiatives.

Milan, March 2003

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What Are The Basic Components?

This pilot program, launched for an initial 3-year period, is based on 4 closely complementary components:

  • Regional mobilization channels, consisting of young people, parents and teachers, who all volunteered to take part, and who represent the veritable kingpin of the entire operation.
  • Annual symposia “Biosciences: risks, ethics, and society” bringing together experts (from the world of science, politics, economics, industry, and the media) and the general public in an attempt to stimulate collective thinking about what is at stake in the biosciences.
  • Opinion barometers and online opinion polls to allow the public to say what it thinks about the complex relationship between science and society, and to take stock of people’s expectations and fears.
  • A platform providing information and dialogue on the Internet: www.science-generation.com

Milan, March 2003

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What Are The Initial Results In France?

Science Generation was first launched in France by the Aventis Foundation-Institut de France in 2001.

  • An initial opinion barometer was carried out (April/May 2001) to obtain a clearer idea of the expectations of a representative sample of 1,000 young people, parents, and teachers.
  • A first symposium “Biosciences: risks, ethics, and society” (October 2001 at Institut de France) provided an opportunity to bring together 70 experts and 350 participants, including representatives from the regional mobilization channels.
  • The creation of the mobilization channels: 800 young people, parents and teachers who all volunteered to help make things “move in science.”

198 meetings run by 66 journalists in 22 regions

Milan, March 2003

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What Are The Initial Results In France?

  • A General Assembly in the French Senate (March 2002): more than 500 young people, parents, and teachers attended this meeting to vote for future courses of action and to question decision-makers about major issues:

Is it possible to establish a code of bioethics at a European or international level? How can careers in science be made more attractive? How can scientific culture be made accessible to the youngest members of society? How can scientific information be made attractive? Etc.

  • The creation of 5 inter-regional project groups + a specific group at the Innovative Pilot Lycée in Poitiers (September 2002) to move from theory to practice around 5 different themes:
  • Science closer to everyday life
  • Schools more open to science
  • Scientific information more accessible to all
  • Science without frontiers
  • Science and role of citizens

Milan, March 2003

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Science closerto everyday life

1

Schools more opento science

2

Scientific informationmore accessible to all

3

Science without frontiers

4

5

Science and role of citizens

Choice Of The Working Groups

Milan, March 2003

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Franche Comté

Bourgogne

Centre

Ile de France

Science closer toeveryday life

France –– Inter-Regional Project Groups

Upper Normandy

Lower Normandy

Brittany

Western Loire

Alsace

Lorraine

Champagne Ardennes

Picardy

Nord - Pas de Calais

Science at school

Science accessible to ordinary citizens

Innovative Pilot Lycée in Poitiers

Health passport for young people 

Rhône - Alps

Auvergne

Limousin

Aquitaine

Science without frontiers

Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur

Corsica

Languedoc Roussillon

Midi-Pyrénées

Scientific information

Milan, March 2003

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IN CONCLUSION

Science Generation is a sort of “projects laboratory” set up to narrow the gap between the biosciences and society, which actively seeks:

  • To anticipate and reach out to the preoccupations of public opinion
  • To build bridges between the expectations of our fellow citizens and the thinking of the experts
  • To rally the support of young people, parents, and teachers by encouraging them to be a source of proposals and action
  • To initiate a European movement by pooling experience and sharing the most innovative projects

Milan, March 2003