You've probably already seen this via its extensive news coverage and on social media, but if not then take a peek at this mammoth global monitor of how people think and feel about science and major health challenges.
You've possibly come across the UK version of this survey before, but this is the first time the Monitor has gone global - spanning 140 countries and surveying over 140,000 people.
There are some interesting headlines, including:
- Doctors and nurses are most trusted for health advice, 73% of people worldwide would trust a doctor or nurse more than any other source of health advice, including family, friends, religious leaders or famous people.
- Overall, 72% of people globally trust scientists.
- Worldwide, 79% of people agree that vaccines are safe and 84% agree that they are effective. There are striking differences in how different regions feel - you'll possibly have seen, for example, that France has the lowest trust in vaccines of European countries, whilst of the globe, Bangladesh and Rwanda have the strongest confidence in vaccines.
- Men are more likely to claim greater knowledge of science than women. This gender gap exists even when men and women report equal levels of science attainment.
Don't have time to wade through reports? They've not only produced a series of infographics, but they've also created short summaries in video form, for example:
But we know context is everything, and the report picks out some of the interesting differences - particularly picking up on how relative income levels play a role in people lives in a multitude of ways, and therefore their thoughts and feelings on various topics. What's more, you can pick through the data for yourself, filtering down to individual countries and interrogating the data through comparisons you choose. So that's the afternoon sorted then...
Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome
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26 June 2019
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement offers this professional development programme for early to mid-career level researchers with a passion for public engagement.
A new scheme for researchers and academics to take on a leadership role in a culture change project within their departments and faculties to enhance support for Public Engagement with Research (PER). The programme includes training and funding.
25 June 2019
The Breakfast Evaluation Club is an informal drop-in to discuss all things PER evaluation. No need to register, just pop by for advice on how to get started, evaluating a specific project, feedback on evaluation plans or to discuss your evaluation challenges. Tea/ coffee and croissants provided.