Enhancing the Responsible and Sustainable Expansion of the Science Shop Ecosystem in Europe

BACKGROUND

SciShops will build an extensive knowledge base by analysing the practices of the existing European and International Science Shops. The goal is to engage community stakeholders in knowledge cafes and other community events in order to provide examples of the benefits of community-based research. The developed strategies and novel tools provided by the project, including a knowledge hub, a SciShops navigator, twinning and matchmaking platform, seek to provide guidelines for different types of organizations on how to establish and run a Science Shop.

SCISHOPS VISION AND AMBITION

SciShops aims at building on and expanding the capacity of the Science Shops ecosystem in Europe and beyond. As part of the SciShops project, at least ten new university- and non-university-based Science Shops will be established in Europe by project partners. The non-university Science Shops are affiliated to different types of organizations, such as small and medium enterprises, large enterprises, non-governmental and non-profit organizations and research institutes.

The SciShops team aims to demonstrate the benefits of starting a Science Shop for various kinds of organization, as well as to show how civil society gains from collaborating with Science Shops in community-based participatory research.

SCIENCE SHOPS CONCEPT

Raising awareness and improving the understanding in civil society about the activities of Science Shops and how can these can help overcome problems.

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES

Increasing the involvement of interest groups that can guide the Science Shops’ activities and raise awareness about the benefits of collaborating with one.

EXPANDING THE LANDSCAPE

Creating at least ten new and innovative Science Shops and proving their benefits to inspire all types of organizations and communities and increase public impact.

SCIENCE SHOPS CONCEPT

Raising awareness and improving the understanding in civil society about the activities of Science Shops and how can these can help overcome problems.

EXPANDING THE LANDSCAPE

Creating at least ten new and innovative Science Shops and proving their benefits to inspire all types of organizations and communities and increase public impact.

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES

Increasing the involvement of interest groups that can guide the Science Shops’ activities and raise awareness about the benefits of collaborating with one.