Science shapes society and society shapes science. This mutual interaction is not always understood. Scientific jargon often leads to limited communication and misunderstandings between the general public and the scientific community, and the rapid progress in many areas of research makes it very difficult for the non-experts to appreciate the value of Biomedical research in everyday life. As a result, there is increased public concern and ambivalence over the role that science and technology play in everyday life. New developments in science can improve both the quality of life and the understanding of the ways nature works. Scientists from different scientific disciplines, lay public and especially the young generation need to be in constant interaction, in order to be able to respond properly to the challenges that knowledge gained through state-of-the art technology in Biosciences brings about.
The HPI, in line with other European Research Centres’ paradigm, has been and continuous to be engaged in several Science and Society activities that address society’s needs from many perspectives.
Such activities aim to:
- Encourage dialogue between scientists and other members of the public.
Programme “Science & Technology Week” (2005 and 2006)
Open days and conferences for the public
- Encourage lifelong Education.
Science Training Workshops for Teachers of Secondary School education
Program Open Doors (2006-2008)
- Develop ways to provide the general public with better access to the results of research and technology showing how the quality of everyday life can be improved.
Organization of annual brain awareness week events (2007)
- Raise awareness of primary school pupils on science topics.
Seminar: The little Biologist
- Contribute to efforts for a greater gender equality in science by inspiring girls and young women to join the next generation of scientists.
SET ROUTES Program (2007-2008)
- Improve understanding of science, technology, medicine and their interactions with society in a historical context.
Historical Archives of Hellenic Pasteur Institute (2009 -2011)
- Develop and support associations of patients.
- Raise awareness with educational and social actions for children refugees of school age.
“HPI pasteurizes the microbe of Xenophobia”