In 2011, the Institute of Bioethics and the CITAR - Research Center For Science and Technology in Art, at the Portuguese Catholic University, made a short documentary about Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR) called “The desire to have a baby: the MAR in Portugal”, with a bioethical approach: i.e. an approach that includes scientific knowledge, reflection on the ethical questions raised by Medically Assisted Reproduction and a humanistic view on the meaning of the desire to have a baby. The film is part of the research project “Promoting citizenship through the reflection on the ethical issues in life sciences”. The purpose of this project is to develop science communication initiatives through the ethical reflection on scientific issues. In 2011, as part of this project, the film was shown in Portugal to secondary-level and college students. Before watching the film the public were invited to complete a printed self-completion questionnaire about the basic scientific issues on MAR and to express their opinion about some ethical aspects concerning this subject. After watching the film, the public completed the same questionnaire in order to know if their answers had changed or not. Thus, it was observed how the documentary could influence the students’ perception of science and their opinion about scientific and ethical issues on MAR. Based on this experience, the purpose of this paper is to present the results of these exhibitions to the public.

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Science communication and ethical decision-making on mar

Monica Carvalho   Institute of Bioethics, Portuguese Catholic University

In 2011, the Institute of Bioethics and the CITAR - Research Center For Science and Technology in Art, at the Portuguese Catholic University, made a short documentary about Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR) called “The desire to have a baby: the MAR in Portugal”, with a bioethical approach: i.e. an approach that includes scientific knowledge, reflection on the ethical questions raised by Medically Assisted Reproduction and a humanistic view on the meaning of the desire to have a baby. The film is part of the research project “Promoting citizenship through the reflection on the ethical issues in life sciences”. The purpose of this project is to develop science communication initiatives through the ethical reflection on scientific issues. In 2011, as part of this project, the film was shown in Portugal to secondary-level and college students. Before watching the film the public were invited to complete a printed self-completion questionnaire about the basic scientific issues on MAR and to express their opinion about some ethical aspects concerning this subject. After watching the film, the public completed the same questionnaire in order to know if their answers had changed or not. Thus, it was observed how the documentary could influence the students’ perception of science and their opinion about scientific and ethical issues on MAR. Based on this experience, the purpose of this paper is to present the results of these exhibitions to the public.

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