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(English) Stories of scientists perception of the public and their impact on the development of biotecnology research on Genetically Modified Organisms in Italy (Italiano) Storie di percezioni del pubblico e del loro impatto nelle esperienze e nei progetti della ricerca italiana sugli Organismi Geneticamente Modificati


  • Valentina Amorese


(English) It is possible to argue that the UK represents the natural home for the modern Public Understanding of Science debate. The recent interest showed by Italian researchers towards these issues, which clearly emerges though the development of a number of initiatives including the launch of the academic journal Technoscienza and the Italian STS society (2005), shows that new room to debate these issues is gradually been developed. In this context, in light of the idea according to the relation between science and the public should be organized through the development of hybrid forum and public engagement initiatives, it makes sense to ask how scientists experience the public. In this paper I will try to address these questions, focusing on the case of Genetically Modified Organisms. Thorugh the stories proposed by eleven Italian researchers who worked on GMOs, the article explores how science experience public opinion on GMOs, and how this influenced, or failed to influence, the futures of these products. I conclude that there still exist a number of barriers that still separate science from the public and contribute to move away experience of public engagement and hybrid forums. (Italiano) Si potrebbe dire che il moderno dibattito sul Public Understanding of Science (PUS) trova la sua patria naturale in Gran Bretagna. Il recente interesse dimostrato dagli studiosi italiani verso questi temi, che traspare da iniziative come quelle proposte dalla rivista Tecnoscienza e la nascita della società STS (2005), indica che un nuovo spazio per questo genere di dibattiti si sta sviluppando anche nel nostro paese. In questo contesto, considerando che realtà come gli hibrid forum e public engagement sembrano essere quelle più adatte per impostare la relazione tra scienza società nel contesto attuale, ha senso chiedersi se e come gli scienziati percepiscono il pubblico. In questo articolo, cercherò di rispondere a questa domanda focalizzandomi sul caso delle biotecnologie agrarie e degli organismi geneticamente modificati (OGM). Attraverso le storie di undici scienziati italiani l’articolo esplora come la scienza percepisce l’opinione pubblica sugli OGM e come quest’ultima ha influenzato, o non influenzato, il futuro di questi prodotti. In conclusione, suggerisco che esistono ancora significative barriere tra scienza e pubblico che contribuiscono ad allontanare i ricercatori italiani dal pubblico e ed esperienze quali hibrid forum e public engagement dalle nostre realtà.

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  • Valentina Amorese, 2012. "(English) Stories of scientists perception of the public and their impact on the development of biotecnology research on Genetically Modified Organisms in Italy (Italiano) Storie di percezioni del pub," IRPPS Working Papers 44:2012, National Research Council, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies.
  • Handle: RePEc:cnz:wpaper:44:2012

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    1. Pablo Jensen & Yves Croissant, 2007. "CNRS researchers' popularization activities: a progress report," Post-Print halshs-00288014, HAL.
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