SciShops Summer School 1 – 4 July 2019, Limassol, Cyprus

Are you setting up a new Science Shop or community-based research initiative?

Are you looking for ways to make your Science Shop more participatory, more sustainable or more known in the community?

The Horizon 2020 SciShops project consortium organised a four-day Summer School on Science Shops in July 2019 in Cyprus.  The Summer School provided a platform for skills development, knowledge exchange and networking within the field of Science Shops and community-based participatory research (CBPR).  It was open to both external applicants and representatives of the ten new Science Shops being set up as part of the SciShops project.

Key Aspects

  • Use of reflective sessions in which participants can exchange experiences and address challenges facing different models of Science Shops, including university-based, NGOs and business-based.
  • Practical skills development in:
    •  moderation of co-creation events with diverse stakeholders
    • presentation techniques and “pitching” your initiative to different audiences
    • use of social media and other communication channels

  • Contributions from experts in topics including partnership building; citizen science; business planning; entrepreneurship; impact planning and assessment.
  • Field visits to science-society initiatives to see research and community partnerships in action.
  • Wider networking with civil society organisations and others active in science and society projects.


01.07.2019: General introduction (starts at 13:00)

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Coffee Break
  • Science Shops – an overview of different models
  • Summer School Dinner

02.07.2019: Engaging Audiences

  • Engaging audiences: Social media tricks & tips
  • Coffee Break
  • Moderation techniques and tools for co-creation events
  • Lunch
  • Presentation skills and ‘market place’ exercise
  • Wrap-up

03.07.2019: Building successful partnerships

  • Engaging and empowering citizens through citizen science
  • Coffee Break
  • The art of crafting successful community partnerships
  • Lunch
  • Field trips to local science-society initiatives in Nicosia
  • Networking Reception at KPMG, Nicosia

04.07.2019: Creating sustainable science shops

  • Getting the most out of twinning and mentoring opportunities
  • Business planning and development for Science Shops
  • Coffee Break
  • Entrepreneurship as a means of sustainability for Science Shops
  • Lunch
  • Impact planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Coffee Break
  • Overcoming challenges when establishing a Science Shop
  • Evaluation and feedback on summer school


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