Increasingly in the UK issues that involve science are high on the public agenda and there is a willingness to involve the public early in the debate. Early involvement of the public will help scientists and decision makers to understand and respond to public views, and by helping people more generally to appreciate that they can influence the progress of science and technology democratically.

But how early can members of the public become engaged in emerging science and technology? Can members of the public express ‘informed' views and opinions before interacting (interfacing) with applications of science?
The Finding Common Language project aims to identify language, stories and frames of reference that will stimulate mature public discussions about scientific research, and issues arising from scientific research.

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Finding common language

Jill Nelson   British Association for the Advancement of Science

Fiona Barbagallo   British Association for the Advancement of Science

Increasingly in the UK issues that involve science are high on the public agenda and there is a willingness to involve the public early in the debate. Early involvement of the public will help scientists and decision makers to understand and respond to public views, and by helping people more generally to appreciate that they can influence the progress of science and technology democratically.

But how early can members of the public become engaged in emerging science and technology? Can members of the public express ‘informed' views and opinions before interacting (interfacing) with applications of science?
The Finding Common Language project aims to identify language, stories and frames of reference that will stimulate mature public discussions about scientific research, and issues arising from scientific research.

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