Details
Study title
Science Barometer Switzerland (2016-2022)
Ref study 12634
Study language German
Contributing institutions
Authors
Keywords
  • Wissenschaftspolitik
  • Wissenschaftskommunikation
  • Kommunikationswissenschaft
  • Langzeitstudie
  • Repräsentative Bevölkerungsbefragung
Disciplines
Period
2016; 2019; 2020
Geographical space
Schweiz
Country
  • Switzerland
Abstract
The Science Barometer Switzerland analyzes through which media, in which form and how often the Swiss come in contact with scientific issues, and whether and how this affects their scientific knowledge as well as their opinions regarding science. The project surveys a representative sample of the language-assimilated resident population of Switzerland every three years (2016, 2019, 2022), interviewing ca. 1000 respondents aged 15 years and older in the German-, French-, and Italian-speaking regions of the country. It is planned to continue the project permanently after 2022.
On the one hand, the survey gathers information about the usage of different information sources, asking how often respondents encounter scientific issues in newspapers, radio and television, and how often they look for scientific issues on the internet and in social media. Furthermore, it asks how often the Swiss go to science museums, as well as how often they speak about scientific topics with family and friends. In addition, it assesses how credible, comprehensible and useful respondents judge these different sources of information.
On the other hand, the Science Barometer Switzerland measures the Swiss’ scientific knowledge and their attitudes towards science. Based on these dimensions, it connects patterns of information behavior and public opinions about science in explanatory models.

In November 2020, a special Science Barometer survey on COVID-19 was conducted in the form of an online representative survey of Swiss residents aged 15 or older. It was financed by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.
Results
Brochure with key findings of the Science Barometer Switzerland 2016 (German and French): https://wissenschaftsbarometer.ch/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/IPMZ_Wissenschaftsbarometer-1.pdf

Brochure with key findings of the Science Barometer Switzerland 2019 (German and French): https://wissenschaftsbarometer.ch/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/WiB_2019_Brochure-1.pdf

Brochure with key findings of the Science Barometer Switzerland COVID-19 Edition (German and French): https://wissenschaftsbarometer.ch/ergebnisse-resultats-covid-19/
Methods (description)
The Science Barometer Switzerland is a recurring representative survey of the Swiss resident population that takes place every three years (2016, 2019, and 2022). In 20-minute telephone interviews, ca. 1000 respondents aged 15 and older are interviewed in German-, French- and Italian-speaking regions.
The special Science Barometer survey on COVID-19 was conducted in the form of an online representative survey of Swiss residents aged 15 or older.
Methods (instruments)
  • Standardised interviews - by telephone
Replicated study No
Publications
  • Koch, Carmen; Saner, Mirco; Schäfer, Mike S.; Herrmann-Giovanelli, Iris; Metag, Julia. 2019. "Space means Science, unless it's about Star Wars": A qualitative assessment of science communication audience segments. Public Understanding of Science. First Published October 18. Online: 10.1177/0963662519881938
  • Füchslin, Tobias; Schäfer, Mike S.; Metag, Julia. 2019. Who wants to be a citizen scientist? Identifying the potential of citizen science and target segments in Switzerland. Public Understanding of Science, 28(6), 652–668. Online: 10.1177/0963662519852020
  • Füchslin, Tobias; Schäfer, Mike S.; Metag, Julia. 2018. A short survey instrument to segment populations according to their attitudes toward science: Scale development, optimization and assessment. Environmental Communication, 12(8), 1095–1108. Online: 10.1080/17524032.2018.1461673
  • Metag, Julia; Maier, Michaela; Füchslin, Tobias; Bromme, Laurits; Schäfer, Mike S.. 2018. Between Active Seekers and Non-Users: Segments of Science-related Media Usage in Switzerland and Germany. Environmental Communication, 12(8), 1077–1094. Online: 10.1080/17524032.2018.1463924
  • Schäfer, Mike S.; Füchslin, Tobias; Metag, Julia; Kristiansen, Silje; Rauchfleisch, Adrian. 2018. The different audiences of science communication: A segmentation analysis of the Swiss population's perceptions of science and their information and media use patterns. Public Understanding of Science, 27(7), 836–856. Online: 10.1177/0963662517752886
Financed by
Ethical approval No
Study type
  • Other: durch Stiftungen finanzierte Forschung
Data availability
Source (Updates) Web
Date created 14.01.2021
Date modified 19.01.2021
Start - End date 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2022