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What do Europeans think about life sciences research?

Our new report "Public attitudes to life sciences research in six European countries" shows that interest in life sciences research is generally high among citizens and that the three most accepted purposes of using genome editing are related to the medical field. 6000 persons were interviewed in this pan-European study which was led by the ORION partners VA in Sweden and CEITEC in the Czech Republic.

Let’s make science open! Meet us at ESOF 2018 in Toulouse

The aim with ORION is to explore ways in which research and funding organisations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the way they fund, organise, and practice research. We have recently conducted a study in six European countries about the public’s attitudes toward Open Science and genome editing. At ESOF 2018 we would like to have your views.

Exploring public opinion on genome editing

At the core of the ORION project is co-creation, which involves collaborating with different groups of people (public, policy, industry) to come up with new ideas to support and increase the impact of scientific research. Over the next two years the Babraham Institute, together with MDC in Germany, VA in Sweden, and CEITEC in the Czech Republic will launch a co-creation exercise on emerging technologies.

What would you reveal for research?

Dr Luiza Bengtsson and Dr Emma Harris of the ORION Training Team together with their fellow MDC scientists Professor Uwe Ohler and Dr Philipp Boß held a citizen science session about their research topics at the re:publica conference in Berlin in May and discovered the fears and fascination sharing health data holds for the public.

Do you want to be involved in life science research?

We are currently in the process of calling 6000 people in Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. If you one of the chosen ones, pick up the phone and tell us your views on if and how you would like to be involved. The results of this survey will help us design future training, co-creation activities and public dialogues in the Orion Open science project.
CEITEC is hosting a national stakeholder workshop on 25 September in Prague to share and discuss the results of the ORION Public Attitudes survey. The aim with the event is to gather and put forward recommendations for national priorities on Open Science and suggest steps to implement a national Open Science agenda in Czechia.

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Genome editing has the potential to revolutionise the treatment and prevention of diseases. But, this technology also raises a range of ethical, scientific and social issues. What responsibilities do scientific stakeholders have in consulting the public, and how can public opinion influence the future of genome editing research? Join the discussions at ESOF 2018 in Toulouse.

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