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Getting scientific information to the general public remains a stumbling block in the Netherlands

Every three years, the Rathenau Institute, which facilitates discussion on science policy in the Netherlands, polls the public on trust in science. Those statistics will be coming out in a few months—but first, it has taken a more qualitative approach.

Its latest report, published this month, is based on moderated discussions in nine focus groups in September and October 2020, with a total of 53 participants. Anne-Floor Scholvinck, lead author of the report, said that research based on focus groups was useful to get a deeper understanding of the mechanisms and conditions that caused people to trust or distrust science.

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