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!


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.
Participating can:
  • 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
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Area: Water

Amateur videopitch about how the #CitizenScience platform WaterLab functions, explaining how we support and collaborate with the #DrinkableRivers initiative to get the citizen science research to a higher level.


University College Cork – Community Academic Research Links (CARL)
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Area: University-wide community-based participatory research projects

Community Academic Research Links (CARL) is a Civic and Community Engagement initiative of University College Cork that develops deep participatory research partnerships with communities across Cork City and region. It has supported over 100 community based research projects that have privileged community-led knowledge and empowered citizens to impact local and national government policy. This video features the story of a ‘youth voice’ project from Corks’ Fairhill community that is assisting young people to address inequality in youth service provision in their local area. It includes testimonials from citizens who partner with CARL researchers to make a difference in their community.


Queens University Belfast – Science Shop
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Area: Social Sciences, History, Engineering,Planning,etc

The Science Shop has been providing a point of contact between community groups and the University for over 30 years. Community groups submit research ideas to The Science Shop and Science Shop staff find students to carry out the research as part of their course work.


GLOBAZ SA – HubIT Project
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Area: Responsible Research and Innovation

Are you interested in making Information and Communication Technologies innovations closer to social challenges and needs? The HubIT Metropolis is the place to visit! This hot-spot fosters a more sustainable and responsible approach to ICT research and innovation providing a set of resources to make this a reality. Join the community, make connections and partnerships, get involved, and improve our metropolis!


Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) – Community-based Participatory Research Initiative
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Area: Youth, Education,Identity,Gender Mainstreaming, Community Development, Local Governance

PRIA Youth is dedicated to help youth become aware, active, and engaged citizens to make democracy function in their everyday lives. The YnD Fellowship aims to engage independent, motivated, and creative young individuals who are interested in the idea of youth-community partnership. This carefully selected lot of fellows will undergo an immersive journey of Self, Identity, social realities and democracy and will be expected to run their own community based social action project during the period of 9 months. The fellowship will explore topics of self-identity, critical thinking, social responsibility, participatory research, as well as understanding democracy in everyday life.


University of Guelph – Financial Abuse as a Form of Intimate Partner Violence in the Toronto Area
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Area: Violence against women

In collaboration with the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanAct), this research was conducted to understand how financial abuse as a form of intimate partner violence manifests in Toronto. Data was gathered through focus groups with service providers and interviews with women survivors. Using a community-based, qualitative approach allowed us to thoroughly explore women’s experiences and suggest socially-grounded paths forward. WomanAct has used the findings from this research to bring visibility to this issue and develop knowledge translation initiatives. Notably, press coverage of the project resulted in a response from women in the community who identified with the findings.


SCYTL on behalf of Co-Inform Consortium – Co-Inform
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Area: Misinformation, Disinformation, Social Science, Computer Science

Co-Inform is a EU-funded project involving top universities and SMEs in 7 European countries. The objective is to create tools to foster critical thinking and digital literacy for a better-informed society. These tools will be designed by a multidisciplinary team of social and computer scientists, and tested with policymakers, journalists, and citizens in 3 different EU countries.


VU University – Athena Science shop / Broader Mind VU
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Area: Community Service Learning / Transdisciplinary research

Community Service Learning (CSL) is a form of education in which students use their academic skills to solve currently existing social issues. This happens in close cooperation and interaction with a community partner. In this video we show the collaboration between the VU university and the salvation army. In the video the salvation army explains what both bachelor and master students conducted on an issue raised by them, to make the transition from in patient to out patient care.


The applications for our Pitch Challenge are now closed. Thank you for participating!

Pitch Challenge


Community-Based Participatory Research Initiatives


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 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.