Réka Geambașu – Béla Kardon – Boldizsár Megyesi – Ágnes Patakfalvi-Czirják (2013): Thirst for science? Social conceptions of the research activity, the factors influencing career choices and the social impacts of Researchers’ Nights.
The book is an extended and more problematizing and deeper analysis of the data collected throughout the social impact analyses carried out for the Researchers’ Nights programmes of 2010, 2011 and 2012. Taking the surveys and focus groups conducted in this period as a starting point and embedding them into the theoretical and conceptual framework of the science communication paradigms, it assesses the impacts of this particular sciencetainment project upon the social conceptions and attitudes towards scientific research. The presentation of the empirical data has a double aim. On the one hand it focuses on the factors that influence the representations of scientific research among the youth in particular. On the other it wishes to serve as a planning and evaluating tool for the organisers by suppliying data concerning both the social and demographic characteristics of the visitors, but regarding their opinions and expactations, as well.