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WHY DO WE NEED A SCIENCE TRIBUNE ?


Science and technology are driving forces in our society, part of our culture and everyday life. Yet they are poorly understood by the public who, in the majority, are scientifically 'illiterate'. Even scientists themselves no longer possess a broad background but have become increasingly specialized.

There are several reasons for this lack of public understanding of science and technology. Attempts at making information on science accessible and attractive have either placed it on a pinnacle or overemphasized its negative aspects. Lack of financial support and overspecialisation have deviated research from its true goals. There is therefore an urgent need for a change in direction and to open up the true debate on the impact of science and technology on society.

We propose to do this with Science Tribune, that, unlike most 'popular' journals will neither set nor follow the fashion, but foster original thinking on the objectives of science and techniques.

This international journal addresses scientific, technical, political, historical, philosophical, economic and ethical questions, thus promoting links between the 'hard' sciences and social and human sciences. It acts as a 'template' and 'memory' for original scientific argument by giving priority to debate rather than consensus opinion. As such, we hope it will become essential reading and a useful communication tool for all those interested in science and for whom science is part of their professional life (not only scientists and technicians, but also engineers, industrialists, students, administrators, economists, lawyers etc...).