The International Genetic Literacy and Attitudes Survey

We now live in the genomic era – an era which comes with benefits for all people. However, this is only possible if misuse is prevented and fair use is ensured. To achieve this, societies must understand what genetic findings mean for them, and relevant legal and ethical protection must be put in place.

To plan for the training of societies, we need to determine the current level of knowledge and attitudes. To promote and propose legislative and policy update, we also need to know societies’ views on this issue.

It is for these reasons that we have undertaken this timely international effort, and we invite all people to give their contribution.

iGLAS is anonymous,

has received ethical approval by the Goldsmiths Department of Psychology Ethics committee, and should take between 10 and 15 minutes.  Where relevant we will provide you with the correct answers, the overall score of your genetic knowledge and additional information.  By taking part in this survey, you will contribute to an international effort to ensure that genetic knowledge is used for the benefit of all people. We greatly appreciate your contribution to this scientific project.

Languages available

iGLAS is currently available in English, Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian and Albanian, and is being translated in additional languages.


Successful collaborations have already been established in Russia, Spain, Argentina, Nigeria and Romania and more collaborations are welcome. Read more…