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Special Eurobarometer on science and technology, June 2010

European Commission - MEMO/10/266   21/06/2010

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MEMO/10/266

Brussels, 21st June 2010

Special Eurobarometer on science and technology, June 2010

Some additional data snapshots - EU27 residents

Interest in science and levels of information

79% say they are very or moderately interested in scientific and technological developments. Highest Cyprus 92%, lowest Bulgaria and Romania 58%.

65% say they are very or moderately interested in sports news and 68% in politics (see p.9-p.10 of full survey for more detail)

61% say they are well or moderately well informed on new scientific discoveries - highest Luxembourg 79%, France and Netherlands 77%, lowest Bulgaria and Romania 35% (p.13-p.15).

33% agree or tend to agree that "in my daily life, it is not important to know about science". Highest Austria 57%, lowest Sweden 20%.

48% disagree or tend to disagree (p.45).

Science versus faith and superstition

40% agree or tend to agree that "some numbers are especially lucky for some people". Highest Latvia 60%, Czech Republic 59%, lowest Finland 21%, Netherlands 25%.

35% disagree or tend to disagree (p.50).

38% agree or tend to agree that we "depend too much on science and not enough on faith".

Highest Cyprus 66%, Greece 58%, lowest Denmark 20%, Netherlands 23%.

34% disagree or tend to disagree (p.52).

Science and opportunities

75% agree or tend to agree that thanks to science and technology there will be more opportunities for future generations.

Highest Sweden 89%, Denmark 88%, Estonia 87%, lowest Slovenia 61%, Luxembourg 62%. 8% disagree or tend to disagree (p.58).

Moral, ethical and communication issues

44% agree or tend to agree that scientists should be allowed to experiment on dogs and monkeys if this can help sort out human health problems.

Highest Spain 65%, Bulgaria 62%, lowest Luxembourg 29%, Slovenia 32%, France 33%. 37% disagree or tend to disagree (p.60).

66% agree or tend to agree that scientists should be allowed to experiment on mice if this can help sort out human health problems.

Highest Estonia 81%, Denmark and Lithuania 78%, lowest Luxembourg 49%, Austria 52%, Ireland 56%.

18% disagree or tend to disagree (p.62).

46% agree or tend to agree that the benefits of science are greater than any harmful effects it might have.

Highest Spain 64%, lowest Netherlands 27%.

20% disagree or tend to disagree (p.74).

78% agree or tend to agree that a scientific discovery is "neither good not bad, it is only the way the discovery is used that matters".

Highest Denmark 89%, Germany 85%, lowest Romania 54%.

7% disagree or tend to disagree (p.83).

57% agree or tend to agree that scientists do not put enough effort into informing the public about new developments in science and technology.

Highest Greece 71%, Slovenia 66%, lowest Malta 42%

18% disagree or tend to disagree (p.89).

Science and young people

66% of respondents think that their government is not doing enough to stimulate young people's interest in science.

Highest Latvia 85%, lowest Luxembourg 42% (p.96).

58% agree or tend to agree that young people interested in science have better chances of getting a job.

Highest Sweden/Germany/Finland 73%, lowest France 41%.

21% disagree or tend to disagree (p.98).

Women in science

75% think their government should support specific measures to improve women's representation in the scientific professions.

Highest Cyprus 94%, Greece/Malta 88%, France 86%, lowest Estonia 59% (p.103).

63% think that if more women were represented in top research positions, this would improve the way research is conducted.

Highest Cyprus 90%, Greece 79%, Sweden 76%, lowest Estonia 48%, Latvia/Lithuania 52% (p.105).

EU science and research policy

When asked which area of research should be the top priority in the EU:

  • 40% say health issues (highest Cyprus 65%, lowest Sweden 16%)

  • 21% say energy issues (highest Germany 30%, lowest Cyprus 7%)

  • 18% say environment issues (highest Sweden 41%, lowest Lithuania/Latvia 9%)
    (
    p.115).

74% agree or tend to agree that cross-border collaborative research funded by the EU will become more and more important.

Highest Cyprus 87%, Netherlands/Germany 83%, lowest Romania 61%, UK 63%.

5% disagree or tend to disagree (p.117).

69% agree or tend to agree that EU funded collaborative research is in society's interest.

Highest Sweden 81%, Czech Republic 80%, Cyprus 79%, lowest Lithuania 42%, Romania 54%.

9% disagree or tend to disagree (p.126).

62% agree or tend to agree that EU funded collaborative research is more creative and efficient than research carried out and funded by each Member State.

Highest Cyprus 87%, Bulgaria 75%, lowest Sweden/UK 51%.

9% disagree or tend to disagree (p.128).

In order to make the EU a major player at global level:

  • 72% think that EU governments collaborating in joint research programmes is important.

Highest Bulgaria/Cyprus 89%, lowest Finland 55%.

6% do not think it is important (p.136).

  • 69% think that major scientific facilities being planned together by Member States is important.

Highest Bulgaria/Cyprus 85%, lowest France 54 %.

7% do not think it is important (p.138).

  • 59% think it is important that researchers move from one Member State to another as a normal part of their careers.

Highest Greece 77%, Spain 74%, lowest Netherlands 41%.

11% do not think it is important (p.140).

  • 70% think it is important to strengthen the collaboration of EU researchers with researchers from other industrialised countries such as the US.

Highest Cyprus 82%, Sweden 80%, lowest UK 60%.

7% do not think it is important (p.144).

  • 61% think it is important to strengthen the collaboration of EU researchers with researchers from emerging countries such as China and India.

Highest Cyprus 84%, Sweden 78%, lowest Slovakia 51%, France 54%.

12% do not think it is important (p.146).

  • 64% think it is important to strengthen the collaboration of EU researchers with researchers from poor countries.

Highest Sweden 84%, Cyprus 80%, lowest Lithuania 53%.

10% do not think it is important (p.148).

  • 72% think that it is important to create new European research centres where researchers from across the EU would work together.

Highest Cyprus 91%, Greece 86%, lowest Finland 56%.

7% do not think it is important (p.151).

  • 69% think that it is important to further collaboration between academic researchers and industry.

Highest Cyprus 88%, Bulgaria 83%, lowest Finland 55%, UK 58%.

6% do not think it is important (p.153).

For full results of the survey:

http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/index_en.htm


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