Social Perception of Science – Empirical Studies about the Position of Knowledge in Hungary

Our research group (Knowledge Society Foundation) has launched an empirical research project about the attitude of the Hungarian population towards science in 2004. The longitudinal research (which is comparable with the Eurobarometer and the Pew Survey) comprised four nation-wide representative surveys and three focused surveys (among PhD graduates and students). The results show good scientific literacy in Hungary and high prestige of science and scientists, but very strong differences between opinions and skills depending on the regional socio-economic factors.

Main new element(s): Empirical foundations in the context of media usage and social stratification.

Outcomes: Longitudinal datasets, thematisation of the social perception of science.

Role of the Knowledge Society Foundation: organization background; research leadership: György Fábri, PhD.