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Trust in Science around the World

References and more links (without any claim to completeness!)

Wellcome Trust Monitor 2018
World Value Survey

This is another international survey that gets updated regularly and that contains some questions relevant for the question of trust in science in different societies (check out items V119, V192, V193, V194, V195, V196, V197):
Report on a study on view of pharmaceutical companies in Germany

Wie groß ist das Vertrauen in Pharma?

Measle being reimported into Costa Rica
Some research on the perception of Science and Religion in Nigeria

Bankole A. Falade and Martin W. Bauer, “ ‘I have faith in science and in God’: Common sense, cognitive polyphasia and attitudes to science in Nigeria,” Public Understanding of Science 27(1), 2018, 29-46.
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Role for young scientists

In this brief video, for the 2020 digital GYA conference, Bruce Alberts, Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California and former GYA Advisory Board member, speaks about the central role for young scientists to reach out to society
Bonus item: Did you know that the “science of science communication” has become a field of its own, with conferences and journals? There, researchers explore all kinds of questions about the way in which science communication functions, including differences between different countries. You might want to browse journals such as, for example,

Social Studies of Science –
Science, Technology and Society –
Public Understanding of Science –
Journal of Science Communication –
For example, they explore the differences between perceptions in cities and the countryside (e.g. Guenther, Lars, Peter Weingart & Corlia Meyer (2018): “Science is Everywhere, but No One Knows It”: Assessing the Cultural Distance to Science of Rural South African Publics, Environmental Communication, DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2018.1455724). And sometimes their results can be directly applied – for example, a study found that if you post selfies on social media, that can increase perceived trustworthiness. See here: Here is a book (which you can download for free) about the research agenda in effective science communication:


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