The public policies for science popularization in Brazil, although recently introduced in the country, are beginning to show very positive results. These results can be studied under different aspects and their impact is visible not only in the growing number of activities and events that happen each year, but also in terms of public engagement, recognition from the government and academic valuation of science popularization. Since the major tool available today to undertake the difficult task of establishing a scientific culture in the country is the National Science and Technology Week, this paper presents its history, its role in the promotion of social inclusion, its contribution to the development of a scientific literate population and to the appearance of new initiatives, and the perspectives for the future of science popularization in Brazil. After ten years of solid efforts the Brazilian population is beginning to understand the importance of science and technology for their lives and for the development of the country.

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Public policies for science popularization in Brazil
10 Years of the national science and technology week

Leda Sampson   Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

The public policies for science popularization in Brazil, although recently introduced in the country, are beginning to show very positive results. These results can be studied under different aspects and their impact is visible not only in the growing number of activities and events that happen each year, but also in terms of public engagement, recognition from the government and academic valuation of science popularization. Since the major tool available today to undertake the difficult task of establishing a scientific culture in the country is the National Science and Technology Week, this paper presents its history, its role in the promotion of social inclusion, its contribution to the development of a scientific literate population and to the appearance of new initiatives, and the perspectives for the future of science popularization in Brazil. After ten years of solid efforts the Brazilian population is beginning to understand the importance of science and technology for their lives and for the development of the country.

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