In today’s world, science and technology deeply permeate all areas of society and it is impossible to engage in economic activity that is not somehow linked to S&T. And as challenges affecting society such as energy and environmental issues become increasingly conspicuous, each and every citizen must come to see society’s problems as his or her own, consider what to do about them, and take appropriate action. At the same time, the government authorities advancing S&T policy must accurately grasp the public’s demands and expectations for S&T and implement policies that have the public’s understanding, support, and trust.

Against this backdrop, NISTEP conducts research designed to reinforce the relationship between S&T and society. Among other approaches, this effort involves regular monitoring of public attitudes to S&T. At the same time, NISTEP researches strategies for returning the fruits of S&T to society.

Surveys and research

Surveys and research on public attitudes regarding science and technology

Japan seeks to establish itself as a nation based on creativity in science and technology. For this reason, it is necessary to encourage as many citizens as possible to cultivate a strong interest in and a deeper understanding of S&T. Surveys to ascertain the public’s attitudes vis-à-vis S&T include a Public Opinion Survey on Science and Technology that the Cabinet Office (and earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office) has conducted every few years since 1960. NISTEP also conducts surveys (interview surveys) on public attitudes to S&T. And since 2007 it has been conducting S&T attitude surveys via the Internet.

Surveys and research on activation of science and technology communication

NISTEP conducts surveys and research on efforts to boost S&T communication.

Other surveys and research on challenges facing S&T and society

Ensuring that S&T contributes to the realization of a safe, secure, and more affluent society will require the production of outstanding research achievements from high-quality research activities, and the establishment of processes capable of translating such achievements into benefits for society. For this reason, NISTEP conducts surveys and analysis regarding strategies for promoting responsible research activity and for returning S&T achievements to society.

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