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

Pitch Challenge


Community-Based Participatory Research Initiatives


Make your Science Shop or community-based research initiative known to the world!
This Pitch Challenge is your chance to present research you are doing together with your local community with a video! We are looking for originality, creativity, enthusiasm and societal impact!
  • Increase your research impact by promoting your Science Shop/ community-based participatory research initiative at an international level
  • Spread awareness of the benefits of community-based participatory research
  • Kickstart new collaborations and develop your network
A pitch is a brief and carefully planned presentation of a project or project idea to find supporters and stakeholders that can be quickly and easily understood by the audience that you are addressing. You have just 3 minutes to convince your audience of your project by presenting your story and using body language and visual aids.
The Pitch Challenge is open to all new or well-established Science Shops and community-based participatory research initiatives (organisations or teams of people) around the world that want to present one or more projects.  (Science Shops participating in the SciShops project as partners are not eligible.)

Apply for the Pitch Challenge using the online application. The deadline for receipt of an application, including receipt of the video, is December 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm CET. You should prepare a video describing your Science Shop or community-based participatory research initiative. The video can include your project/institution/Science Shop logo and should include #SciShopsPitCHallenge in the title and description. It should be uploaded to YouTube and then can be shared more widely, further promoting your Science Shop/community-based participatory research initiatives to wider audiences.

The video should be a pitch that describes your Science Shop or community-based participatory research initiative, your main project goals, and the impact that the project has on society. Be creative and use simple layman’s language in order to make your activity accessible to everyone. Show it to your friends, motivate them to participate in #SciShopsPitCHallenge and gather as many likes, views and reactions as possible!

Things to think about when preparing your video:

  • Think about your target audience – who do you need to “promote” the community initiative/project to?
  • What are the key messages that you want to get across?
  • How can the audience reach you afterwards?
  • What makes your community project innovative?
  • Try to tell a story
  • Keep it simple!


How to enter

  1. Prepare your video. Remember to include #SciShopsPitCHallenge in the title and description.
  2. Post the video on YouTube.
  3. Send us the link by December 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm CET.

Note: The video should be max. 3 minutes, clearly audible, and you should be visible. Videos should be spoken in English or have English subtitles if in another language. Submissions will be evaluated on the impact of the initiative you describe and your ability to orally present your Science Shop/ community-based participatory research initiative, and not on the quality of videography (lights, audio, cameras, or any special editing).  Further details on how to make the video can be found here: (How to make a YouTube Video). It should be uploaded as an mp4 file and should be publicly visible. All videos will be uploaded on the pitch challenge website and will be publicly available.

Applications will be evaluated by a committee consisting of SciShops partners. It will be assessed according to the three main criteria:
  • Ability to present the project in a clear and creative manner
  • Innovativeness of the project and its impact on society
  • Number of social media engagements
The winning organization of the Pitch Challenge will have the chance to participate in the SciShops Final Symposium in Brescia, Italy (January 30-31, 2020) with travel, accommodation and meals covered for two staff members by the SciShops.eu project. They will have the opportunity to promote their local research initiative at a European level to researchers, community initiatives, policy-makers and civil society organizations.