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Special Eurobarometer 419: Public perceptions of science, research and innovation

European Commission, Special Eurobarometer 419 'Public perceptions of science, research and innovation', European Union, 2014. ISBN 978-92-79-40609-6. Pages: 159.

This Special Eurobarometer provides insight on which areas European citizens would like scientific research to focus on. The survey first looks at the respondents’ own level of scientific education – whether they have studied science or technology at school or elsewhere. It then asks respondents which areas they would like science and innovation to prioritize over the next 15 years, with areas such as job creation, health and medical care, energy supply, education and skills, and the fight against climate change among the issues they are asked to consider. Having established which issues are seen as most deserving of emphasis, the respondents then look at whether these issues can realistically be addressed both through science and technological innovation, and also through people’s actions and behaviour.

Read the full study: European Commission