In the UK there has just finished an extensive public debate on genetic modification. How effective was this and what can be learned from the process? Are there differences between the responses of the public in the UK to those of the public in other countries that engage in participatory approaches to decision making? This paper will discuss the conclusions that can be drawn from the evidence available, including previous work on the effectiveness of public awareness of science initiatives and consider the future of this form of engagement with the public over issues of science policy.

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The UK gm debate
How to engage the public in science policy making

Chris Edwards   Open University

In the UK there has just finished an extensive public debate on genetic modification. How effective was this and what can be learned from the process? Are there differences between the responses of the public in the UK to those of the public in other countries that engage in participatory approaches to decision making? This paper will discuss the conclusions that can be drawn from the evidence available, including previous work on the effectiveness of public awareness of science initiatives and consider the future of this form of engagement with the public over issues of science policy.

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