There are no important societal issues at present that do not involve science or its applications. It is essential thus that we redouble our efforts in understanding the interaction between science and society. The social impact of science is directly connected to the utility of the technological solutions generated from its basic principles.

It is the duty of science to seek the dialogue with all the other true forms of knowledge in the broad communicational network that gives meaning and coherence to life.

In order to contribute to the enlargement of scientific culture in Portugal, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation promoted a study of the different types of public, or target publics, interested in varied science practices. The outcome of the study is the unfolding of several specific ways of relating to and circulating scientific knowledge.

Encouraging an open attitude towards nature and the environment and attracting young people to science is, for sure, a continuing need in terms of scientific culture. The experience of the series of open lectures aimed at high school student audiences “Despertar para a Ciência” is presented, as a mechanism to introduce the younger generations to the delight of discovering and the enjoyment of understanding.

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Waking-up for science or keeping the converts awake?

Inês P. Mascarenhas   Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

There are no important societal issues at present that do not involve science or its applications. It is essential thus that we redouble our efforts in understanding the interaction between science and society. The social impact of science is directly connected to the utility of the technological solutions generated from its basic principles.

It is the duty of science to seek the dialogue with all the other true forms of knowledge in the broad communicational network that gives meaning and coherence to life.

In order to contribute to the enlargement of scientific culture in Portugal, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation promoted a study of the different types of public, or target publics, interested in varied science practices. The outcome of the study is the unfolding of several specific ways of relating to and circulating scientific knowledge.

Encouraging an open attitude towards nature and the environment and attracting young people to science is, for sure, a continuing need in terms of scientific culture. The experience of the series of open lectures aimed at high school student audiences “Despertar para a Ciência” is presented, as a mechanism to introduce the younger generations to the delight of discovering and the enjoyment of understanding.

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