Forum für Wissenschaft, Industrie und Wirtschaft

Hauptsponsoren:     3M 
Datenbankrecherche:

 

Belgian Presidency conference discusses best practices in building bridges between science and society

19.12.2001


The younger you start the better. It is vital to raise the interest of people for science and technology from a very young age. And there is an urgent need for more research on how to measure the effect and impact of actions and initiatives to close the gap between science and society.

... mehr zu:
»Eurobarometer »Science

These are the key messages from a conference, closing today, that aimed at formulating recommendations for policy-makers at regional, national and European level on how to raise the public awareness of science. The conference, part of the Belgian Presidency’s programme for the European Union, was organised in Brussels by the region of Flanders in collaboration with the European Commission. More than 200 science communication professionals from Europe and beyond discussed best practices, benchmarking and regional diversity in building bridges between science and society.

Dirk Van Mechelen, Flemish minister for Economic Affairs and Innovation opened the conference together with Philippe Busquin, European Commission in charge of research and development. A number of politicians participated in a lively round table discussion, including the president-in-office of the Research Council, minister president De Donnea of the Brussels Capital region, minister Dupuis of the French Community and federal Commissioner Ylieff as well as the Swiss Secretary of State for Research Charles Kleiber.


Minister Van Mechelen declared that not only the public has to be informed on the importance of science and technology for society and everyday life, but also SME’s often do not fully realise the importance of innovation. “Innovation, he said, is one of the important, if not the most important, factors determining their competitiveness. That is why I regard the stimulation of innovation and research in SME’s, especially in the smallest enterprises, as one of the primary goals of the Flemish government. Flanders is on the same wavelength as the European Union which is significantly increasing the budget for SME participation in the next Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development: from 10% in the current FP to 15% in the next FP from 2003 to 2006.”

Said Commissioner Busquin: “Science and society are currently living through a relationship crisis. They are bound to live together, but on new and more solid grounds, out of choice rather than duty. I was struck by the fact that two thirds of Europeans in the recent Eurobarometer survey think they are badly informed on science and technology, while 45 % of citizens declared they are interested in science. The message I get is that people want to learn, they want more science on television and they want to participate in setting the research agenda. It demonstrates we must invest in knowledge at all levels, and especially in scientific information. A clear challenge for all is to become more professional in the way science is communicated.”

Science and technological development are at the heart of our quality of life and economic prosperity. But a gap is growing between the decreasing number of students choosing for a career in science and technology and the rapidly increasing needs of industry for skilled scientists and engineers. A recent Eurobarometer survey revealed that youngsters tend to discard scientific careers because science courses seem less attractive or more difficult to them, not so much because they are less interested in science.

Activities are underway in many countries to try and reverse the trend. The conference contributed to identifying good practices and discussed how to measure their impact. Exchanging information and co-ordinating regional and national initiatives at a European level will significantly strengthen their impact.

Flanders has a long-standing active policy to increase public awareness for S&T spending an annual budget of over 6 million Euro for science, technology and innovation information to the public. One of the initiatives was the establishment beginning 2000 of the Flemish Science Centre Technopolis in Mechelen, which the participants of the conference also visited on Monday. On Sunday the participants had the occasion to visit the exhibitions “Focus on Genes” and “Ishango” in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

Flanders fully supports the European Commission’s action plan for bringing science and society closer together that Commissioner Busquin presented at the Research council of 10 December 2001. The recent Flemish/Belgian proposal to strengthen the collaboration between European public broadcasting companies in the field of science, technology and innovation in the media is fully in line with the European action plan.

For additional information on the Eurobarometer survey and the European Commission’s action plan for Science and Society:
Michel Claessens, Information and communication Unit, Research DG
Tel : +32-2-295.99.71; Fax: +32-2-295.82.20,
E-mail: michel.claessens@cec.eu.int

Isabelle Wolff | alphagalileo
Weitere Informationen:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/press/2001/pr0612en.html

Weitere Berichte zu: Eurobarometer Science

Weitere Nachrichten aus der Kategorie Bildung Wissenschaft:

nachricht Besser lernen: Kurze Bewegungspausen im Unterricht wirken sich positiv auf die Konzentrationsleistung aus
13.02.2020 | Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe

nachricht Fremdsprachen - Das Akzentparadox
10.02.2020 | Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Alle Nachrichten aus der Kategorie: Bildung Wissenschaft >>>

Die aktuellsten Pressemeldungen zum Suchbegriff Innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Lichtpulse bewegen Spins von Atom zu Atom

Forscher des Max-Born-Instituts für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzpulsspektroskopie (MBI) und des Max-Planck-Instituts für Mikrostrukturphysik haben durch die Kombination von Experiment und Theorie die Frage gelöst, wie Laserpulse die Magnetisierung durch ultraschnellen Elektronentransfer zwischen verschiedenen Atomen manipulieren können.

Wenige nanometerdünne Filme aus magnetischen Materialien sind ideale Testobjekte, um grundlegende Fragestellungen des Magnetismus zu untersuchen. Darüber...

Im Focus: Freiburg researcher investigate the origins of surface texture

Most natural and artificial surfaces are rough: metals and even glasses that appear smooth to the naked eye can look like jagged mountain ranges under the microscope. There is currently no uniform theory about the origin of this roughness despite it being observed on all scales, from the atomic to the tectonic. Scientists suspect that the rough surface is formed by irreversible plastic deformation that occurs in many processes of mechanical machining of components such as milling.

Prof. Dr. Lars Pastewka from the Simulation group at the Department of Microsystems Engineering at the University of Freiburg and his team have simulated such...

Im Focus: Transparente menschliche Organe ermöglichen dreidimensionale Kartierungen auf Zellebene

Erstmals gelang es Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern, intakte menschliche Organe durchsichtig zu machen. Mittels mikroskopischer Bildgebung konnten sie die zugrunde liegenden komplexen Strukturen der durchsichtigen Organe auf zellulärer Ebene sichtbar machen. Solche strukturellen Kartierungen von Organen bergen das Potenzial, künftig als Vorlage für 3D-Bioprinting-Technologien zum Einsatz zu kommen. Das wäre ein wichtiger Schritt, um in Zukunft künstliche Alternativen als Ersatz für benötigte Spenderorgane erzeugen zu können. Dies sind die Ergebnisse des Helmholtz Zentrums München, der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) und der Technischen Universität München (TUM).

In der biomedizinischen Forschung gilt „seeing is believing“. Die Entschlüsselung der strukturellen Komplexität menschlicher Organe war schon immer eine große...

Im Focus: Skyrmions like it hot: Spin structures are controllable even at high temperatures

Investigation of the temperature dependence of the skyrmion Hall effect reveals further insights into possible new data storage devices

The joint research project of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that had previously demonstrated...

Im Focus: Skyrmionen mögen es heiß – Spinstrukturen auch bei hohen Temperaturen steuerbar

Neue Spinstrukturen für zukünftige Magnetspeicher: Die Untersuchung der Temperaturabhängigkeit des Skyrmion-Hall-Effekts liefert weitere Einblicke in mögliche neue Datenspeichergeräte

Ein gemeinsames Forschungsprojekt der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU) und des Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hat einen weiteren...

Alle Focus-News des Innovations-reports >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industrie & Wirtschaft
Veranstaltungen

Chemnitzer Linux-Tage am 14. und 15. März 2020: „Mach es einfach!“

12.02.2020 | Veranstaltungen

4. Fachtagung Fahrzeugklimatisierung am 13.-14. Mai 2020 in Stuttgart

10.02.2020 | Veranstaltungen

Alternative Antriebskonzepte, technische Innovationen und Brandschutz im Schienenfahrzeugbau

07.02.2020 | Veranstaltungen

VideoLinks
Wissenschaft & Forschung
Weitere VideoLinks im Überblick >>>
 
Aktuelle Beiträge

Höhere Treibhausgasemissionen durch schnelles Auftauen des Permafrostes

18.02.2020 | Geowissenschaften

Supermagnete aus dem 3D-Drucker

18.02.2020 | Maschinenbau

Warum Lebewesen schrumpfen

18.02.2020 | Geowissenschaften

Weitere B2B-VideoLinks
IHR
JOB & KARRIERE
SERVICE
im innovations-report
in Kooperation mit academics