In Spain, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), a body attached to the Ministry of Science and Innovation, has been carrying out a bi-annual survey on the public perception of science since 2002. The survey has been carried out in five waves (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and May 2010), with a steady base group of questions to guarantee comparability. The study is structured around three major blocks – interest in and information about science and technology, the social image of science and technology, and public policies to support science. Aside from serving as a thermometer to give a read-out of the level of interest in and appreciation of science and scientific activity, the study also acts to guide the Ministry of Science and Innovation in developing policies to close the gap between science and innovation and the public, identifying strengths and weaknesses, as well as target stakeholders upon, for example young people and people living in medium-sized and small towns and certain regions.

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Evolution of the public understanding of science in Spain in the first decade of the 21st century

Gonzalo Remiro  

Rosa Capeáns  

Esther Ortega  

In Spain, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), a body attached to the Ministry of Science and Innovation, has been carrying out a bi-annual survey on the public perception of science since 2002. The survey has been carried out in five waves (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and May 2010), with a steady base group of questions to guarantee comparability. The study is structured around three major blocks – interest in and information about science and technology, the social image of science and technology, and public policies to support science. Aside from serving as a thermometer to give a read-out of the level of interest in and appreciation of science and scientific activity, the study also acts to guide the Ministry of Science and Innovation in developing policies to close the gap between science and innovation and the public, identifying strengths and weaknesses, as well as target stakeholders upon, for example young people and people living in medium-sized and small towns and certain regions.

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