The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health by supporting scientists and researchers, tackling big health challenges, campaigning for better science and helping everyone get involved with science and health research.
A crucial part of this mission is to explore the relationships between research, science and the public. Wellcome believes that advances in science have the potential to accelerate international development, but these will only succeed if they are adopted by the public. If those working in health can understand how people think and feel about the topic across varied nations, backgrounds and demographics, we will be in a stronger position to drive positive change on a global scale.
That’s why, in 2018, Wellcome commissioned the world’s largest study into attitudes to science and health topics. More than 140,000 people in over 140 countries were interviewed either face to face or over the phone. The findings identify addressable inequalities in access to science education and trust in institutions; the report and full data set will be openly accessible to everyone from 19 June 2019. Join us when we discuss the findings at Aspen Ideas: Health on June 20, in the meantime, take a look at the overview of the Wellcome Global Monitor study below.