Science, Trust and Public Engagement: Exploring Future Pathways to Future Governance 2022-02-18T15:32:29+00:00

Project Description

Project summary

In recent years, there has been a change in the way the relationships between science and the public are discussed. Policy-making bodies are increasingly interested in new forms of dialogue with members of the public.

In November 2010 Sciencewise Expert Resource Centre (Sciencewise-ERC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) –  which later merged with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to become the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – commissioned a project to explore the cross-cutting public concerns around science and technology have influenced the governance of science organisations.

There were five stages to this project including:

  • a literature review of 17 public dialogues of science and technology;
  • 40 interviews with senior staff in science organisations;
  • ethnographic work involving two organisations;
  • a stakeholder workshop at the Royal Society; and
  • a final report published in November 2011. 

A variety of organisations and universities were involved in the delivery of the project. These include, The Royal Society, The University of Durham, The University of East Anglia and TNS-BMRB. The project was independently evaluated by Cardiff University. 

This project has provided a deeper understanding of the relationship between public concerns and values towards science and technology and issues of governance.