Inequality is one of the challenges of growth and national development. Among the factors that promote inequality, scientific knowledge is often one of this and it could be an element of social inclusion. Various forms of citizen participation about science and technology have become important in industrialized countries in recent years. The Latin American context, marked by growing social exclusion, requires open spaces for public participation to achieve an impact on publicly funded research agendas and policy decisions on science and technology (Invernizzi, 2004). In early November 2012 and late January 2013 was held for the first time in Mexico a public consultation via Internet in which people could choose three challenges to be faced with the participation of science and technology to achieve a better quality of life on the horizon in 2030 entitled the Citizen‘s Agenda for Science, Technology and Innovation. This public consultation obtained 364,803 votes, of which Education (17.09%) and water (15.42%) were the ones who received the most votes. With this exercise of citizenship, can we talk about a citizens‘ agenda? Is truly an exercise in social inclusion? The aim of this paper is to analyze the importance of the Citizen‘s Agenda as exercise participation and social inclusion in Science and Technology in Mexico. This will involve an analysis of the scientific and technological context before, during and after the implementation of the survey and thus better understand the importance and impact of the study.

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Citizen‘s agenda for ST&I in Mexico
A social inclusion exercise?

Milagros Varguez   Tecnólogico de Monterrey, Mexico

Vanessa Martínez   Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Inequality is one of the challenges of growth and national development. Among the factors that promote inequality, scientific knowledge is often one of this and it could be an element of social inclusion. Various forms of citizen participation about science and technology have become important in industrialized countries in recent years. The Latin American context, marked by growing social exclusion, requires open spaces for public participation to achieve an impact on publicly funded research agendas and policy decisions on science and technology (Invernizzi, 2004). In early November 2012 and late January 2013 was held for the first time in Mexico a public consultation via Internet in which people could choose three challenges to be faced with the participation of science and technology to achieve a better quality of life on the horizon in 2030 entitled the Citizen‘s Agenda for Science, Technology and Innovation. This public consultation obtained 364,803 votes, of which Education (17.09%) and water (15.42%) were the ones who received the most votes. With this exercise of citizenship, can we talk about a citizens‘ agenda? Is truly an exercise in social inclusion? The aim of this paper is to analyze the importance of the Citizen‘s Agenda as exercise participation and social inclusion in Science and Technology in Mexico. This will involve an analysis of the scientific and technological context before, during and after the implementation of the survey and thus better understand the importance and impact of the study.

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