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1 Motivating Europe to embrace the culture of science Professor Anne Glover, CBE Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission

2 Let’s imagine for a moment Europe without science and technology

3 No ancient Greek culture

4 No ancient Roman culture

5 No renaissance

6 No enlightenment

7 No industrial revolution

8 No 20 th Century E = m·c 2

9 No 21 st Century

10 Science is culture It’s part of our European heritage But:

11 Source: Eurobarometer, Special Edition 340 “Science and Technology” (2010) Public support for science is decreasing

12 “Science makes our ways of life change too fast”

13 “Because of their knowledge, scientists have a power that makes them dangerous”

14 “We depend too much on science and not enough on faith”

15 Why are people in Europe getting sceptical about science and new technologies? The world has become much more complex The pace of technological change has increased No proper information about the opportunities vis-à-vis the risks

16 So what is needed? 1) TALK 2) TALK 3) TALK

17 If you want thisYou need this

18 If you want thisYou need this

19 If you want thisYou need this

20 The Phone House And if we want to feed those… ….we are not going to make it with organic farming alone bio.davidson.edu

21 Science festivals have a key role to play in engaging with people about science and the opportunities of new technologies

22 So once this meeting is over, get out on the streets!


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