Lowering the barriers to scientific knowledge!

The Scientific Literacy Tool is an educational web-platform helping with the discovery, understanding, and exploration of your scientific topics of interest.

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* Note:  For now, the Scientific Literacy Tool is only available for the Chrome browser

Why should we promote literacy?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as follows:

ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society. [Original text]

With the tremendous effort of many people and organizations around the world, more and more people are introduced to the literate world – a goal that should never be underestimated and towards which humanity should always thrive.

But how literate are we really?

People, like yourself, reading those lines are considered literate – able to read, understand, and further explore the ideas presented. But what would happen if a scientific text outside your area of expertise was presented to you? How much would you understand? How much can you further explore these types of texts? 

So what?

Throughout history, literacy has provided people with the opportunity to be part of discussions and activities from which they were otherwise excluded. Literacy helps us fulfill our potential as individuals in society. This is how we can be critical about any given information and have a constructive opinion about it. With our different backgrounds, skills, and approaches – using information within our own scope and perspective may very well lead to new innovative ways of moving forward – of being part and contributing to progress.

What do we suggest?

The Scientific Literacy Tool is helping with three steps in the process of learning

  • Discover tickling your natural curiosity with ideas you might never have explored before

  • Understand helping you understand different terminologies

  • Explore provide you with different resources to further explore the concept/s you’re interested in

Some of the Scientific Literacy Tool features

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To read more about the Scientific Literacy Tool and its features, please click here.

What People Are Saying About Us?

“I like the idea of empowering people, no matter their backgrounds, with scientific knowledge. Diversity has definitely played a major role in advancing innovative solutions in many technological fields – I therefore support the Scientific Literacy Tool’s social mission to promote diversity and inclusion in science.”
Baroness, Martha Lane-fox