Saturday, March 07, 2009

Editorial: A Failure of UNESCO Communications

An international omnibus TNS Worldpanel survey about the perception of science and scientific careers among the general public has been conducted within the framework of the partnership between the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO.

Unfortunately, it does not seem to be available on the Internet. UNESCO has published on its website an unsatisfactory summary of the findings by a journalist without a link to the survey report itself.

Why would UNESCO fail in so simple a responsibility? It is the United Nations agency most responsible for developing knowledge and understanding of science, and the information would have been of interest to both the followers of its science policy efforts and its social science efforts.

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