Ongoing projects


Merck Serono Scientific Contest, Observa report

Merck Serono intends to strengthen its commitment to spreading and promoting a culture of science, turning this time to a particular audience: young people. Accustomed to perceiving science as something far away from their daily life, often confused with... Read more

Young people, Science and Technology

Young people, Science and Technology The ‘Youth, Science and Technology’ survey, promoted and coordinated by Observa and Pristem Bocconi in the spring 2017, was carried out using some of the questions of the ROSE (Relevance of Science Education) research... Read more

European Project GCOF

Innovative technologies used for whole genome sequencing have developed very rapidly over the past five years. Today the costs and the time required to read the human genome have radically reduced. The new genome technologies are being progressively integrated into... Read more

(Italiano) Giovani, Scienza, Tecnologia e Cibo

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Food-related health problems are a grand challenge for European societies. Over the past decade, most EU Member States have identified food and health as key priorities. This is in response to increases in obesity and diet-related chronic diseases such... Read more

Closed projects



Thanks to the increased reliability of medical surgeries and improved technological interventions in the field of transplantation, a growing number of people are now listed for transplants. Recent scientific developments indicate that transplantation of organs, tissues or cells between... Read more


In recent years, an increasing number of research institutions at national and European level has devoted time and resources to develop strategies and activities to promote dialogue and engagement with citizens. The attention towards public communication and engagement becomes... Read more


IRIS is the acronym for Interest and Recruitment In Science. The main objective of this project is to develop more knowledge and recommendations informed by evidence on how young people, and girls in particular, may be attracted to, and... Read more

ACCENT – Action on climate change through engagement, networks and tools

Fifteen relevant organisations among science centres, science museums and aquariums will be engaged by this European project ACCENT in a coordination action aimed at rationalising their two-way communication practices and at strengthening their collaborations with the scientific community on... Read more


The TIME for NANO Project aims at engaging the general public, with a special attention to young people, on benefits and risks related to nanoscale research, engineering and technology, through specific informal education products, namely the nano-kit and the... Read more

(Italiano) Gli italiani e la donazione di sangue

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Mapping scientific controversies: a cartography for citizens of the knowledge society’s citizens?

Is climate changing due to human activities? Do GMOs effectively address food challenges at the global level? Are nanotechnology developments potential sources of risk? What are the most efficient and safe systems to process waste? Every day the public... Read more


ROSE – the Relevance of Science Education is an international comparative research project meant to shed light on factors of importance to the learning of science and technology (S&T) – as perceived by the learners, specifically by students towards... Read more

The PAR.CO Project

In 2007 ATO of Valle del Chiampo, a consortium of thirteen municipalities in the western area of the Province of Vicenza, launched a project called PARCO (Participation and Communication) in collaboration with Observa. The project aimed to involve citizens,... Read more

ESCITY – Europe, Science and the City

ESCITY is the acronym of Europe, Science and the City: promoting scientific culture at local level, a two-year project (2006-2007) aimed at creating the core of a network for the exchange of information and best practices in the area... Read more

(Italiano) ESConet

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Decide (DEliberative CItizen DEbates)

Stem cells, biotechnology, genetic testing, privacy, nanotechnology, neurosciences: nowadays, politics deals more and more frequently with decision making-processes concerning science and technology issues; At the same time there is a growing demand for greater public involvement in establishing science... Read more

Women and science

Gender equity in techno-scientific careers has become one of the central issues in the research and innovation policies agenda of national and international institutions. In the framework of the Gender Action Plan launched by two European project on genomics,... Read more


Choosing what food to bring on the kitchen table is turning out to be more and more difficult for consumers: on the one hand we have an ever-growing stream of information about the products and on the production chain,... Read more
ecogeneticom1_big is an organ of multidisciplinary study and research on the question of risk management on plant exogenous gene transfer techniques. It aims to propose safety procedures, tools and strategies to present to the scientific community and to the... Read more

Genetic Data, Security and Public Opinion in Italy

Almost 80% of Italian citizens are favourable to the use of DNA tests use in the fight to crime, particularly with regard to terrorism and other violent crimes. One Italian out of two considers Dna tests as the most... Read more

Biotechnologies and Public Opinion in Italy

A large part (70%) of Italian citizens think that the media do not pay enough attention to biotechnologies and would like to receive information which is more suitable to their competences (47% consider their background as inadequate to follow... Read more


“BIOpop” results of the combination of the words “BIOtechnology” and “POPular”: the name of this European project refers to its aim of bringing science from the laboratories into the streets. Being aware of the need of citizens to know... Read more

First Italian Forum on “Science and Society”

Within the framework of the first European Science & Society Forum 2005, promoted by the European Commission to highlight the most meaningful events in which citizens are involved in themes as science and technology, Observa proposed to launch the... Read more

Public participation and governance of innovation

Contemporary techno-scientific innovations have raised a fall in traditional decision making processes showing the weakness of experts’ system and the traditional alliance with politicians in western societies. These innovations have undergo hard trials for conventional processes of decision making... Read more

Do young people not like science anymore?

The decreasing interest of youth towards studying science subjects is a perceived phenomenon in many countries of the world. Less and less students are actually deciding to undertake science university courses. In Italy, for instance, the students enrolled in... Read more

Food in Veneto Region: habits, risks and culture

Observa, in collaboration with the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie and The Regione Veneto, has fulfilled a study on consumers food habits, aimed at eliciting people perception on food related risks. Results are published in the book by Arzenton,... Read more

Biotechnologies: Democracy and Governance of Innovation

Italians are getting more and more skeptical towards GMOs (68% of respondents considers them unsafe, compared to 49% in 2001), but more than one out of two (57%) believes that research on agricultural biotechnologies should be continued. Lack of... Read more

Couldn’t be without it

Observa has just concluded a survey in five European countries (Italy, Germany, UK, Norway and Portugal) on the most common technology objects: what are the most widespread and what are those that people consider indispensable in five areas of... Read more

The Cognitive Impact of Museum Visit

A first attempt to analyse, by way of a field study, the expectations people have when visiting museums, and particularly with what benefits they go out afterwards in terms of learning, of stimulus to visit other museums or inform... Read more

Learning Physics by Visiting Laboratories?

Project Inside the Big Black Box (IN3B), Analysis and evaluation of the impact on visitors of public visits programme to the main particle physics laboratories in Europe. IN3B project studied the visitor programmes at European research centres for physics... Read more

Citizen Involvement in Decision Making about Biotechnologies

Project PARADYS “Participation and the Dynamics of Social Positioning – the Case of Biotechnology. Images of Self and Others in Decision-Making Procedures”, in partnership with Poster, Vicenza. The European Union has prepared a three-year programme related to public participation... Read more

Biotechnologies between responsability and Innovation

The second survey of ‘Biotechnologies and public opinion in Italy’, resulting from a cooperation between the Fondazione Giannino Bassetti Poster research centre and Observa’s researchers analyses the orientation of public opinion on biotechnological research and its applications, with a... Read more

Biotechnologies and Public Opinion in Italy

Observa, together with Poster, a research center active in the field of social research and in particular in the area of science communication and technology innovation, has carried out the first comprehensive survey of opinions and attitudes towards biotechnologies... Read more

Club RP

Club RP, research and testing of technology diffusion models within the field of Rapid Prototyping in three European countries: Italy, Spain and Portugal (1999-2000). Read more