The Center’s science and society researchers cover policy, social and ethical questions raised by discoveries and innovations in science. We use survey research to bring the public’s voice to the table, showing how Americans and people around the world feel about innovations that are driving societal change, as well as their trust in scientists and views about the scientific research enterprise.

We seek to understand how people engage in science-related activities and approach science information, most recently in our examination of the coronavirus outbreak. Key topics of research include public views of climate change and the environment, vaccines, space, evolution, food science, developments in biotechnology, gene editing and genetic engineering. Our work also looks at differences between expert and public opinion on science-related matters, issues related to STEM education and the STEM workforce.

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