The social perception of science & technology in Ibero-American countries seems to be acknowledged with growing interest by researchers and policy-makers as quite relevant for strengthening science communication activities and promoting qualified citizenship. In very recent years, several countries of the region (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, Spain & Venezuela) have been carried out studies and national surveys to investigate the issue. This current scenario has been supported in part by institutions like the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI), the Red Iberoamericana de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología (RICYT/CYTED), the Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología (FECYT) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP). These organizations have been working as catalyst for researchers and countries in the region to review concepts, instruments and share methodologies. Despite the fact that Ibero-American countries have entered this research field later then several Northern countries, and that they have adopted, in part, the usual, standard methodologies and questions of classical surveys, they have been able to conciliate the need for international comparisons with the attention to local context, putting data and methodologies within the context of the recent critical debates about scientific culture. Currently, as a part of this process, RICYT, FECYT & OEI have started a new project to develop a set of common indicators for the region, working in network with experts and policy-makers. This presentation will focus specially on both a review of the historical development of this field in the region and its current situation in terms of shared experiences, methodologies and conceptual debate. The common framework conceives public attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, knowledge and information as a part of a composite model of scientific culture where S&T interact with the whole of culture and society.

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New tools and directions toward a better understanding of social perception of science in Ibero- American countries

Carmelo Polino   Centro de Estudios sobre Ciencia, Desarrollo y Educación Superior (REDES) - Red Iberoamericana de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología

José Antonio López Cerezo   Universidad de Oviedo

María Eugenia Fazio   Laboratório de Estudos Avançados em Jornalismo (Labjor), UNICAMP, Campinas (SP), Brasil

The social perception of science & technology in Ibero-American countries seems to be acknowledged with growing interest by researchers and policy-makers as quite relevant for strengthening science communication activities and promoting qualified citizenship. In very recent years, several countries of the region (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, Spain & Venezuela) have been carried out studies and national surveys to investigate the issue. This current scenario has been supported in part by institutions like the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI), the Red Iberoamericana de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología (RICYT/CYTED), the Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología (FECYT) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP). These organizations have been working as catalyst for researchers and countries in the region to review concepts, instruments and share methodologies. Despite the fact that Ibero-American countries have entered this research field later then several Northern countries, and that they have adopted, in part, the usual, standard methodologies and questions of classical surveys, they have been able to conciliate the need for international comparisons with the attention to local context, putting data and methodologies within the context of the recent critical debates about scientific culture. Currently, as a part of this process, RICYT, FECYT & OEI have started a new project to develop a set of common indicators for the region, working in network with experts and policy-makers. This presentation will focus specially on both a review of the historical development of this field in the region and its current situation in terms of shared experiences, methodologies and conceptual debate. The common framework conceives public attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, knowledge and information as a part of a composite model of scientific culture where S&T interact with the whole of culture and society.

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