Committee on Culture and Education – Study requested by CULT Committee, commissioned and managed by the Policy Department – “Science and scientific literacy as an educational challenge” – Presentation by Dalibor Sternadel, Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI)
Brussels, 4 February 2019
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European societies are faced with emerging threats relating to the spread of disinformation and pseudo-science. In this context, fostering scientific literacy can provide people with tools to navigate and critically address the vast amounts of information exchanged in public debate and support democratic processes.

A presentation of the study took place on 4 February 2019 and focused on the following issues:

  • Definition of the concept of scientific literacy;
  • Role of scientific literacy in the ‘misinformation age’;
  • Overview of the level of scientific literacy among EU population;
  • Educational policies and practices to foster scientific literacy.

The debate that followed the expert’s presentation referred to, among others:

  • How we perceive science, scientists and, more broadly, elites;
  • What can be said about the relationship between science and some populist trends or popular opinions;
  • How some fundamentalist religious beliefs hamper the teaching of science;
  • How to make science appealing to those who do not have a high level of education;
  • How to make access to science easier.


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Watch video of the event (with multilingual interpretation):

Further reading: Research for CULT Committee: Science and Scientific Literacy as an Educational Challenge

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