The COVID-19 pandemic saw the public profile of science increase to an unprecedented level. More than a third of the respondents said that their trust in science increased during the pandemic. Description of the survey results. With this insight as a foundation, the team sought to find out whether high self-belief underpinned all strong attitudes. The Genetics Society, established 1919, is one of the world’s oldest societies devoted to the study of genetics and to the public understanding of genetics.