The H2020-SwafS project ‘Communication role on perception and beliefs of EU Citizens about Science’ (CONCISE) aims to generate a European-wide debate on science communication, involving a wide array of stakeholders, from media outlets to policy makers, from scientists to business companies, from science communicators to civil society organisations.

Goals of the project

To evaluate the existing models for teaching science communication to communicators and scientists in Europe, and to analyse how to elaborate an action plan, including recommendations and the issues that should be explored.

To increase our understanding of how beliefs, perceptions and knowledge of science- and technology-related issues originate among European citizens.


To review the existing structural obstacles that scientists and other R&I stakeholders, including policymakers, currently face when attempting to communicate science successfully.

To enable active citizen participation in scientific research processes, in line with the concept of responsible research and innovation (RRI), by employing a public consultation methodology.


To measure the positive or negative perception of citizens participating in the public consultation on a selection of stories related to science

CONCISE aims at providing qualitative knowledge through citizen consultation on the means/channels (media and social networks, life experience, the opinion of relatives, the influence of religion, political views, ideology, educational system…), by which EU citizens acquire their science-related knowledge, and how this knowledge influences their beliefs, opinions, and perceptions.


CONCISE will carry out a citizen consultation in five countries: Lisbon (Portugal), Valencia (Spain), Vicenza (Italy), Trnava (Slovakia) and Lodz (Poland), with the participation of 100 citizens in each country (selected volunteers and representatives of different social groups, considering gender, age, educational level, ethnic minorities, impaired people, and professional careers).

Their understanding and position on these four scientific topics will be evaluated, validated, compared and analysed, in order to publish the results in open access by the CONSORTIUM team.

Citizen opinions will be recorded; transcribed and analysed with a linguistic corpus software in order to get different indicators that will help all stakeholders to have a more direct and fruitful communication, avoiding the danger of discourses that generate distrust and misunderstandings among citizens. CONCISE results will be scalable and its methodology could be applied to other European countries in order to increase the communication of science in terms of quality and quantity all over Europe




Observa Science in Society
Trnava University
Danmar Computers
Instituto de Ciências Sociais
Asociación Española de Comunicación Científica
University of Łódź, Faculty of Economics and Sociology
Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society

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CONCISE in media

  • Concise publica el estándar de organización de las consultas ciudadanas. Las Provincias
  • Entrevista a Carolina Moreno en Radio Galega, IB3 y EITB radio sobre los resultados del proyecto
  • Un proyecto europeo busca 100 voluntarios españoles para debatir en València sobre comunicación y ciencia. Europa Press.
  • Valencia acoge una consulta ciudadana europea sobre comunicación científica. La Vanguardia
  • Cien españoles y un reto: escuchar opiniones pseudocientíficas y morderse la lengua. El País