National survey on Australians' engagement with science out now

Tuesday 27 May 2014

‘How do Australians engage with science?’, the national survey commissioned by Inspiring Australia, designed and directed by CPAS Research Fellow Suzette Searle and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs in February 2014, is now available in a report of the preliminary findings.

This survey was based upon a questionnaire answered by 1,020 adult Australians over the telephone. It describes their engagement with science and technology in terms of how often they encountered science and technology information, how often they searched for information about science and technology, their participation in science-related activities and events within the previous 12 months and their attitudes towards science and technology.

“Off the top of your head, can you name any Australian achievements in science or technology?" Just 49% of the survey participants could name an achievement, and the most frequently mentioned achievements were medical: the cochlear ear implant, the cervical cancer vaccine and the spray-on skin developed by Fiona Wood. See what other achievements Australian’s thought of on page 58 of the report.

Download the report from here.

Contact Suzette Searle for more information.
Email: suzette.searle@anu.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 6125 7633

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