Science often holds an esteemed place among citizens and professionals and draws broad public support for government investment in scientific research. However, lack of knowledge of scientific concepts can mean that people do not fully appreciate the value scientific endeavour has for their own life and for society. Citizens and scientists often see science-related issues, such as the safety of GM foods, animal research and nuclear power through different sets of eyes. Many scientists believe that policy regulations on land use and clean air and water are not often guided by the best science.
The Public Appreciation of Science (PAS) seeks to overcome this by getting science to be taken more seriously in the public sphere and overcoming anti-science sentiments in the media, on the Internet and among ordinary people. It seeks to engage people in and encourage enthusiasm and respect for science by seeing value or connections to themselves, thereby stimulating improvements in Science Literacy.
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