A report just out from the European Union found that a whopping 80 per cent of Europeans are interested in scientific discoveries and technological developments while 70 per cent believe EU funding of IT-projects will become increasingly important in the future.
A further three quarters of respondents agreed that thanks to science and technology "there will be more opportunities for future generations".
The research, innovation and science commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said the figures helped underline the importance of pushing science as a key part of the Europe 2020 agenda.
"The success of the Europe 2020 Strategy depends on cutting edge science to keep Europe competitive. In turn, that means ordinary Europeans need to back science and keep the pressure up on government and on industry to invest in it," she said.
Furthermore, with 57 per cent of respondents saying scientists should put more effort into communicating their research to inform the population of their work, the commissioner again highlighted the role governments needed to play.
"These results show a very high awareness of the importance of science but they also show that both politicians and scientists themselves need to explain better what we are doing and why," added Geoghegan-Quinn.
The news comes however at a time when key government-backed science projects are getting axed. The Web Science Institute had its £30m funding cut just last month, for example.
The main negative of the EU research was that 66 per cent of people said they thought it was necessary for the governments to do more to encourage young people to take an interest in science.
The lack of young, particularly female, school and university leavers looking to the technology sector for a future career has often been a problem for the industry, but it remains to be seen whether the government will recognise this gaping hole and more importantly, do anything about it.
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