In partnership with Ipsos Mori and the then Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), BSA produced a survey to analyse the publics views on current and future values of science.

The survey encompasses a broad range of topics, from public attitudes towards science and scientists, to scientific education with future generations, to issues surrounding new and emerging technologies such as robotics and big data.

Summary:

  • The UK public continue to see science as beneficial to society. Four-fifths (81%) agree that science will make people’s lives easier
  • Three-quarters (76%) think scientific research makes a direct contribution to economic growth in the UK
  • Nine-in-ten (91%) agree that young people’s interest in science is essential for our future prosperity
  • Eight-in-ten (79%) agree that, even if it brings no immediate benefits, scientific research which advances knowledge should be funded by the Government
  • Nine-in-ten think that scientists (90%) and engineers (88%) make a valuable contribution to society and eight-in-ten (83%) agree scientists want to make life better for the average person
  • Seven-in-ten (68%) would particularly like scientists to talk more about the social and ethical implications of their research

To read more from the BSA, visit their website.