Science and society website

November 14, 2002

Brussels, 13 Nov 2002

A new web service hosted by Observa contains information on the results of studies and surveys, news and links on the theme of the relations between science and society.

Observa is an independent research centre set up as part of POSTER, which aims to create a bridge between scientific research, political decisions and public opinion.

The main aims of Observa are to analyse, develop and evaluate solutions for public participation in scientific, technological, health and environmental contexts; innovative procedures to involve the public in complex decisions and, in general, forms of dialogue between scientists and the wider public.

Previous Observa activities include studies on public opinion on biotechnology in Italy (2000, 2001), involving sociologists, economists and political scientists. The results of the first study, which are available on the website, focus on the attitudes of Italian public opinion to assisted reproduction.

CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 2001

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