Public Attitudes to Science (PAS) 2011 is the fourth in a series of studies looking at the UK public’s attitudes to science, scientists and science policy, building on previous research in 2000, 2005 and 2008. Ipsos MORI, in association with the British Science Association (BSA), conducted this latest study on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The research provides further evidence that the UK public values science and is interested in finding out about it… The research also highlights the challenge of public engagement with science. Fewer people say they feel informed about science, and scientific research and developments (43%) than say they do not (56%). In addition, while many are keen for the public to be involved in decision-making on science issues, most do not want to be personally involved.

Check out Chapter three, Finding out about science. It would seem that there is an “appetite for knowing more about science” that Open Access can hope to feed.

See details (and reports available for download) at:

http://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchpublications/researcharchive/2764/Public-attitudes-to-science-2011.aspx

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