What is a Science Shop?
Science Shops carry out independent, participatory scientific research in response to concerns experienced by citizens and local civil society. This involves researchers working closely with civil society organisations (CSOs) or other members of society to co-create new knowledge that can be used to better understand or tackle societal issues.
Science Shops are not ‘shops’ in the traditional sense of the word but help to create knowledge for organisations that lack the resources or expertise to carry out research themselves.
Many Science Shops are based within universities and research institutes, but they can also be run by non-profit organisations, or even companies wanting to share their research expertise to support their local community.