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Towards Cultural Indicators of Science with Global Validity

WithMARTIN W. BAUER, RAJESH SHUKLA, NICK ALLUM

On November 5-6, 2007, a group of researchers met in the august halls of London’s Royal Society to discuss recent developments on ‘International Indicators of Science and the Public’. Participants arrived from twenty-one countries covering all fi ve continents, a fact that our sponsors at the Royal Society noted with satisfaction.1 Ian Pearson, then Minister for Science & Innovation, presented his new and short-lived vision for ‘Science in Society’. Proceedings were interrupted when Queen Elizabeth II passed in full estate en route to opening the Houses of Parliament, providing fi tting symbolism for the academic deliberations of which we here present the outcome.