Brazil will have conducted by early 2006 a nationally representative survey of public engagement with science and technology. In the last 10 years Brazil has seen a very active scene of science communication, including science festivals, public debates, science exhibitions, and the institutionalization of scientific referencing across the mass media: newspapers, magazines, science centres, television and even soap operas. This Brazilian survey It covers concepts like interest, informedness, exposure to various forms of science communication, trust in various actors, attitudes toward science, images of scientists, awareness of and opinions about the national science base and its achievements. The presentation will offer preliminary highlight results from this most recent investigation. We will diagnose detectable changes between 1987, when the first national survey was hold, and 2006 and put these in the context of other, more local surveys conducted in Brazil. We will also attempt comparisons of the results with studies conducted in Argentina, India and Europe.

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Brazilllian surveys of public engagement with science and technology
From 1987 to 2006

Luisa Massarani   Oswaldo Cruz Foundation

Ildeu Moreira   University of Rio de Janeiro

Brazil will have conducted by early 2006 a nationally representative survey of public engagement with science and technology. In the last 10 years Brazil has seen a very active scene of science communication, including science festivals, public debates, science exhibitions, and the institutionalization of scientific referencing across the mass media: newspapers, magazines, science centres, television and even soap operas. This Brazilian survey It covers concepts like interest, informedness, exposure to various forms of science communication, trust in various actors, attitudes toward science, images of scientists, awareness of and opinions about the national science base and its achievements. The presentation will offer preliminary highlight results from this most recent investigation. We will diagnose detectable changes between 1987, when the first national survey was hold, and 2006 and put these in the context of other, more local surveys conducted in Brazil. We will also attempt comparisons of the results with studies conducted in Argentina, India and Europe.

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