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Science and society eu strategy and actions

Science and Society:EU Strategy and actions

Dr. Rainer GEROLDDirector Science and SocietyResearch DGEuropean Commission

Eurobarometer survey 2001 member states
Eurobarometer Survey2001Member States

Divergent views on science and society

among the European population:

  • 80 % of Europeans believe that science will one day overcome diseases such as AIDS or cancer, but…

  • 46% of Europeans are both uninformed and uninterested in science Highest level of interest and knowledge: in Sweden

  • Citizens do not always trust science and scientists: 80 % believe authorities should oblige scientists to observe ethical rules

  • Young people do not find scientific studies and careers very attractive

Science society action plan genesis
Science & Society Action PlanGenesis

  • January 2000: “Towards a European Research Area”

  • November 2000, Working Document entitled “Science, society and the citizen in Europe”, which was dealt with by the CREST.

  • The Council asked the Member States and the Commission to promote science in society,and invited the Commission to submit its action plan on science and society issues by the end of 2001(Council Resolution June 2001).

  • December 2001, the Commission presented the Action Plan on Science and Society.

Science society action plan
Science & Society Action Plan

  • The Science and Society Action Plan is built on examples of best practices in the Member States.

  • The Action Plan can only be implemented in close cooperation with the Member States.

  • Numerous players are involved: local and regional public authorities, the general public, civil society, industry, …

  • The Commission acts as a catalyst, using all the means available in particular in FP6 (networking, supporting actions, etc.)

Science and society eu strategy and actions

Science and Society Action Plan

  • Public awareness

  • Science education and careers

  • Dialogue with citizens

Promoting scientific education and culture in Europe

  • Involving civil society

  • Producing gender equality in science

  • Research and foresight for society

A science policy closer to the citizens

  • The ethical dimension in science and new technologies

  • Risk governance

  • The use of expertise

A responsible science at the heart of policy making

How to increase public awareness
How to increase public awareness?

  • European Science Week &Coordination of national Science Weeks

  • Embedding of Science Communication in all EU projects (transparency)

How to attract young people to science

To ensure of having enough researchers in the future

Science Education initiative

EU Young Scientists Contest

A dialogue in each MS on the issue of human resources on Science, engineering and technology is required to meet the Lisbon objectives

How to attract young people to science ?

How to encourage women in scientific research
How to encourage women in scientific research?

  • Statistics to monitor progress on involving more women in science “she figures” – “leaky pipeline” – Helsinki Group

    Up-to-date statistics and indicators

  • Mainstreaming:Integrating the gender dimension in FP6 projects

  • Women in Industrial research:

    To analyse and improve the role and the participation of women in industrial research

How to enhance european dialogue and ethical awareness of researchers
How to enhance European dialogue and ethical awareness of researchers?

  • Networking of ethical committees at national and at local level :Forum of national ethics councils (dialogue),organised once by each EU presidency

  • Ethical review of FP projects

  • Special attention on new EU Member States and on developing countries (dialogue, training, courses)

How to enhance the link between science and policy making
How to enhance the researchers?link between science and policy making?

By mutual learning:

  • Guidelines on the collection and use of expertise

    Improving the knowledge base for better policies

  • SINAPSE Scientific INformAtion for Policy Support in Europe

    Web tool facilitating exchange of information within the scientific community and other actors concerned by science

Science and in society

Why on European level? researchers?

Integral part of Framework Programme

Dimension of the European Research Area:

Mutual learning through « open coordination »

Necessary for building the European Knowledge Society

Science and/in Society

The 3 pillars approach
The 3 Pillars Approach researchers?

FP 6






European forum on science and society 2005

Science and Society researchers?showcases

Assessment of the Science and Society Action Plan, to see how far Science and Society activities contribute to the Lisbon and Göteborg objectives

Science & Society in the new EU science policy: - Debates on cross-cutting issues - Interaction with “local sites”

When and where? 9-11 March 2005 in Brussels

European Forum onScience and Society - 2005

Science and society eu strategy and actions

1 researchers?






local initiatives

Member States or FP6

e.g. mapping


e.g. tomorrow’s society


Show cases

Seeing is believing



in the new

EU science






* CORE ISSUES will be defined 5 months prior to the event, through normal consultation processes

Further information

Info Desk: researchers?

Work programme, Information on the calls for proposals, Info-packs: available via Internet:

Call for expressions of interest:

Science and Society on the web:

Further information