When working with government and industry partners, CPAS researchers often publish formal research reports outside the peer-reviewed literature to enhance their accessibility to stakeholders and publics. They are archived here.
The Australian Beliefs and Attitudes Towards Science Survey
This report was initiated by Dr Rod Lamberts of CPAS and funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS). It both updates and expands upon the ANU Poll Australian national survey of public opinion about science Dr Lamberts and colleagues published in 2010. It also provides original Australian data to allow for international comparisons on some key questions from a US national survey published by the Pew Research Center in 2015. Overall, these results show that the majority of people are positively inclined towards science (and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) more broadly) and are having some kind of science-related conversations regularly. Further information and data tables are available from here.Lamberts 2017 The Australian Beliefs and Attitudes Towards Science Survey.pdf (PDF, 600.61 KB)
How do Australians Engage with Science?
This report was commissioned by Inspiring Australia and authored by Dr Suzette Searle from CPAS. It provides a nationally representative baseline of Australian attitudes toward and behaviours related to science and technology that can be used to monitor any changes over time. Specific points of interest include understanding Australians’ awareness, interest and engagement with science and technology, understanding current and preferred sources of information about science and technology, and exploring attitudes towards a range of values associated with science and technology and whether science is regarded as a good career option.Searle 2014 How do Australians Engage with Science.pdf (PDF, 3.07 MB)
Developing an Evidence Base for Science Engagement
This report was commissioned by Inspiring Australia and prepared by Professor Sue Stocklmayer and Dr Sean Perera from CPAS, with the Developing an Evidence Base for Science Engagement Working Group chaired by Mr Richard Eckersley. It offers a plan for identifying and sharing best practice for an evidence base for science engagement in Australia. It finds that much needs to be done to create stronger links between the constituent parts of Australia’s national innovation system, proposing ten recommendations divided into three main themes: The Australian Public, Science Engagement Enterprises, and Funding for Science Communication.Inspiring Australia 2011 Developing an Evidence Base for Science Engagement.pdf (PDF, 587.76 KB)
ANU Poll: Public Opinion about Science
This eighth ANUpoll, designed by CPAS researchers Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, looks at what Australians really think of science, scientists and, specifically, climate science. It also asks how Australians feel about science in comparison to topics like sport and religion. It shows that Australians have a diverse and complex relationship with science. Many of us are proud of our country’s scientific achievements and confident about their worth. However it also tells us that Australians are confused about climate science and unhappy when politicians ignore scientific advice.ANU Poll 2010 Public Opinion About Science.pdf (PDF, 1.29 MB)