More than 220 ideas for making European scientific endeavours and policies better known, understood and more attractive to the young and to the public at large are published today on the Web by the European Commission’s research and innovation information service CORDIS (www.cordis.lu/eoi/science-society/).
These ideas, initiated by citizens, public and private bodies, research and civil society organisations, as well as by the media, in 29 countries, represent the impressive results from a wide consultation (1 April – 2 June 2003) on the new “Science and Society” theme, introduced for the first time in Community research with the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) (2002-2006). The expressions of interest will help “flesh out” the topics for funding of projects from the 80 million euro allocated for science and society actions in FP6 for structuring the European Research Area. They shall also stimulate the integration of societal issues across FP6 as a whole. By publishing them, CORDIS provides a platform for all stakeholders in the science and society dialogue to make contacts and forge new trans-European collaborations on topics of mutual interest.
“This is just one, but a key step in the effort to close the real gap between science and society, which is revealed by Eurobarometer surveys in both the existing and the new EU Member States. It indicates a genuine public support for our strategy outlined in the Science and Society Action Plan and implemented through the Sixth Framework Programme”, said Dr Rainer Gerold, director for Science and Society in the European Commission’s Research Directorate-General.
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