H2020 : PrioritiesNovember 5, 2014
Hat: Science, research and innovation – what are our priorities?
Funding Scheme: 2014-11-05
Pgm2014 2020: Yes
Over half of those questioned in a recent EU survey say health and medical care should be the top priority for science and technological innovation.
A survey published in October 2014 questioned 27 910 people to find out what they consider should be the top priorities for science and technological innovation over the next 15 years. Top of the list of 13 issues was health and medical care with 55% of the participants identifying the area as the most important priority. A clear second was job creation which 49 % of participants felt was crucial.
‘Europe is facing many challenges today and many of the solutions to these problems will come from science and from new technologies,’ said former European Commission President José Manuel Barosso, speaking ahead of the launch of the ‘The Future of Europe is Science’ report. The report draws on the priorities identified in the survey, conducted by Eurobarometer.
Those questioned by the survey seemed to agree with former President Barosso. 65 % think that in 15 years from now science and technological innovation will have a positive impact on health and medical care, 60 % think education and skills will benefit and almost the same number feel transport and transport infrastructure will be improved. 11 out of 13 priority areas will be improved thanks to science and technological innovation, according to more than 40 % of participants.
The survey categorised the respondents by age, gender and nationality. It revealed that women were more likely to cite health and medical care as the first priority, 22 % vs. 17 % men, while younger people identified the fight against climate change and environmental protection more highly. Older respondents were more likely to identify the adaptation of society to an ageing population as a key priority.
People were asked to identify which was more likely to have a beneficial impact on the area in question, personal behaviour and actions or science and technological innovation. On most issues, in most EU countries, people felt positive impacts would come through science rather than people’s behaviour.
Respondents also filled out a questionnaire relating to their scientific education which shows that those who finished their education at 20 or over were more inclined to think of the fight against climate change and protection of the environment as top priorities. Those who left school aged 15 or younger prioritised job creation and the security of the citizen more highly.
The findings of this Special Eurobarometer report can feed into decisions made under Horizon 2020, showing which areas European citizens would like scientific research to focus on, so as to tackle issues of most concern to them.
Url description: Press of the european Commission
Url info description: http://cordis.europa.eu/news/rcn/122003_en.html