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This collection of reports provides snapshots of the views and values of the public on new and emerging areas of science and technology.

Each report summarises currently available information from sources such as public dialogues, surveys, consultations and polls, and identifies gaps in our current knowledge of public views.

They are live documents open to comments and additions so please leave your insights and comments in the form available with the report.

Regenerative medicine3

Public views on regenerative medicine

2014

This report summarises public views on regenerative medicine over the last 5 years. The discussion tends to be around specific techniques within regenerative medicine such as stem cell research rather than regenerative medicine as a whole.

Quantum Technology

Public attitudes to quantum technology

2014

This report explores mainstream and online media reportage to determine what is being said around the topic of quantum technology.

Big Data2

Big Data

2014

This report focuses on the public’s views on the collection, sharing and use of personal data by governments and companies.

Energy Storage

Public views on energy storage

2014

This report considers how and where the public are likely to interact with energy storage technologies and draws lessons from public attitudes to other parts of the energy system.

Open data

Public views on open data

2013

The report provides an analysis of key messages and trends; and gives an overview of possible gaps in current knowledge about what the public think of open data and why.

Space5

Public views on the commercial application of space

2013

This report identifies the views and values expressed by the UK public towards developing space technology and the commercialisation of space.

Energy2

Public views on energy infrastructure

2013

This report summarises public views on the topic of energy infrastructure over the last 20 years.

Robots2

Robotics and Autonomous Systems: What the public thinks

2013

This report is a review of currently available information on the views and values of the public on robotics and autonomous systems.

Syn Bio

Public views on synthetic biology

2013

This report is a review of currently available information on the views and values of the public on synthetic biology.

Nano

Public views on advanced materials: nanomaterials and graphene

2013

This report is a review of currently available information on the views and values of the public on nanomaterials and graphene.