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

KEY ASPECTS

The SciShops Symposium will take place on 30-31 January 2020 in Brescia, Italy. The event will be held at the University of Brescia and provide a platform for skills development, knowledge exchange and networking within the field of Science Shops and community-based participatory research (CBPR).  

  • Connect with organisations from across Europe engaged in CBPR initiatives supporting science and society collaborations and find future partners.
  • Be inspired by our ten new Science Shops and learn about the different ways in which they are engaging with their local communities.
  • Get inspiration and new skills to inform the future development and sustainability of your own initiatives through our interactive workshops.
  • Join the conversation about how we can further support the development of Science Shops and CBPR in the future.  

The Symposium is organised by the Horizon 2020 SciShops project.

All the sessions will be held in English.

AGENDA

The Symposium programme consists of a mixture of plenary sessions, parallel workshops, exhibition and networking opportunities. An overview of the programme is provided here:

WORKSHOP TOPICS

Registered participants will be invited to select which workshops they would like to attend from the following topics:
From CBPR to sustainability innovations

Explore how CBPR can support open innovation processes for sustainable production and consumption patterns by integrating local stakeholders in designing products and services. The workshop will draw upon methodological lessons learnt from SciShops partners and case studies.

Planning and evaluating impact

Science Shop projects seek to have an impact on society and the civil society organisations they involve. Planning impact and project outcomes, and how you will measure them, at an early stage of a project is therefore important. This session will look at how to evaluate impact and use impact indicators to assess the success of a CBPR project. Are there general indicators? How and when should you undertake impact assessment? Through group work and case studies, we’ll explore together.

The art of matchmaking

An important role of many Science Shops is matchmaking – finding the right researchers / students to work with on projects with civil society organisations. So what are the keys to a successful match and how can you create the right conditions to ensure the partnership runs smoothly?

Evidence-based approaches for mapping local ecosystems

Each community has its own culture and social structure, a web of relationships, history, strengths and weaknesses, that is important to understand in order to uncover relevant needs and contribute to community wellbeing. In this session, we will explore tools – stakeholder analysis, design thinking workshops – aimed at identifying local needs and assets that can help understand, using an evidence-based approach, how to address the community’s needs and utilize its resources.

Engaging and empowering citizens through citizen science

Participatory action research, science shops, community-based participatory research, community research and citizen science, there are a lot of methods to engage with the public. During this workshop you will discover what defines citizen science and the benefits of using it. Plus one of the most important aspects: what motivates citizen scientists and how do you keep them engaged?

Top tips for effective presentations

Discover the secrets to effective communication and what makes a great presentation. You’ll learn what to think about when delivering different styles of presentations such as elevator pitches, TEDx talks and Pecha Kucha, tips for creating slides, and also get the chance to develop your own pitch.

Applying social entrepreneurship concepts to support the sustainability of Science Shops

In this session we will explore similarities between Science Shops and different types of Social Enterprises. We will furthermore learn about innovative business models and how to make them work in the long term for the benefit of the society and to sustain our CBPR activities.

Learning from each other’s mistakes

In this session that celebrates learning from our mistakes, we take a look at why context is important, in a hope to inspire positive and creative solutions. Science Shops come in many different shapes and sizes so finding the right way in your context can be hard. We’ll be sharing some stories from setting up Science Shops from across the SciShops project to highlight common pitfalls, and how we overcame them. You’ll have a chance to share your experiences to create a shared troubleshooting guide, and together we’ll learn to love mistakes.

Inspiring formats for successful co-creation workshops

In this session we will highlight tools and methods for designing interactive co-creation workshops and ways to engage stakeholders to achieve specific outcomes in a fun and creative way.

Thursday 30 January 2020 (start 9:00)

Welcome

 

Presentations:

  • Horizon 2020 SciShops project overview and presentation of 10 new Science Shops
  • Connecting with communities. Knowledge partnership for societal change  – Andrea Vargiu, Professor of Sociology and of Methodology and techniques of social research at the University of Sassari, Italy
  • CBPR in action  – representatives from civil society organisations 

 

Coffee break

 

Panel debate – supporting and nurturing Science Shops & CBPR initiatives in the future –

Carmen Munteanu, SYNYO & Project Coordinator of H2020 SciShops project

Dr María Jesús Pinaz, IS Global & Scientific Coordinator of H2020 InSPIRES project

Dr Henk Mulder, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Groningen University

Norbert Steinhaus, Bonn Science Shop & Coordinator of Living Knowledge

 

Lunch

 

Workshops

 

Coffee break & exhibition of SciShops’ Science Shops

 

Workshops

 

Conversations for new collaborations – Meet new partners and make new connections for future collaborations on topics nominated by delegates themselves

 

Evening networking dinner

Friday 31 January 2020 (finish 12:30)

Workshops

 

Short changeover break

 

Workshops

 

Coffee break & exhibition of SciShops’ Science Shops

 

Plenary – co-creation exercise

 

Close (finish 12:30)

REGISTER NOW

The Symposium is free to attend and registrations are open now.

VENUE

SciShops Symposium will take place at the University of Brescia, Engineering Campus (via Branze 43, 25123 Brescia, Italy).

 

TRAVEL

From Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP) to the University of Brescia (Engineering Campus). Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours.

  1.   Take the train “Malpensa Express” from the airport to Milano Centrale” railway station (Central Station area). Buy tickets on this link. (Duration of the journey: about 1 hour).
  2.   At “Milano Centrale” railway station, take the train to Brescia. Buy tickets on: 

https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html —> State rail service, including fast trains. (Duration of the journey using fast train “Freccia”: about 40 minutes. Duration of the journey using local train “Regionale”: around 1 hour).

or

https://www.italotreno.it/en  —> Private rail service, fast trains only. (Duration of the journey: about 40 minutes).

  1.   Take the subway (locally called “metro”) at “Stazione FS” stop (“Prealpino” direction). Get off at the stop “Europa” (via Branze-university). (Duration of the journey: about 10 minutes).

N.B.: There is only one metro line in Brescia. The Brescia subway service runs from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight throughout the week with varying train frequencies from 8-10 minutes in the early hours of the day to 4 minutes during weekday peak hours. Metro tickets can be bought in the metro station (you will find ticket machines).

N.B.: Train tickets can be bought online or in the train station (you will find ticket machines). It is advisible to buy them online to avoid lines at the train station.

 

From Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to the University of Brescia (Engineering Campus). Duration: 1.5 – 2.0 hours.

  1.   Take a taxi or a bus from the airport to “Milano Centrale” railway station. Buy bus tickets on: https://www.airportbusexpress.it/Ricerca.aspx?lang=en-GB. (Duration of the journey by bus: about 25 minutes).
  2.   At “Milano Centrale” railway station take the train to Brescia. Buy tickets on: https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html —> State rail service, including fast trains. (Duration of the journey using fast train “Freccia”: about 40 minutes. Duration of the journey using local train “Regionale”: around 1 hour).

or

https://www.italotreno.it/en  —> Private rail service, fast trains only. (Duration of the journey: about 40 minutes).

  1.   Take the metro at “Stazione FS” stop (“Prealpino” direction). Get off at the stop “Europa” (via Branze- university). (Duration of the journey: about 10 minutes).

 

From Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport (BGY) to the University of Brescia (Engineering Campus). Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours.  

  1. Take the bus from the airport to the bus station in Brescia (close to the railway station). Buy bus tickets on: https://www.airportbusexpress.it/Ricerca.aspx?lang=en-GB. (Duration of the journey: about 1 hour).
  1.   Take the metro at “Stazione FS” stop (Prealpino direction). Get off at the stop “Europa” (via Branze – university). (Duration of the journey: about 10 minutes).

 

From Brescia railway station to the University of Brescia (Engineering Campus):

Take the metro at “Stazione FS” stop (“Prealpino” direction). Get off at the stop “Europa” (via Branze – university). (Duration of the journey: about 10 minutes).

 

From the centre of Brescia to the University of Brescia (Engineering Campus):

Take the metro at “San Faustino” stop or at “Vittoria” stop (“Prealpino” direction). Get off at the stop “Europa” (via Branze – university). (Duration of the journey: about 5 minutes).

ACCOMMODATION

The following hotels have an agreement for a special price with the University of Brescia:

Park hotel Ca’ Nöa: very close to the university, 2 minutes by walk.

Via Triumplina 66, 25125 Brescia.

–   single room (bed and breakfast): 69 €

–   double room for single use (bed and breakfast): 79 €

–   double room (bed and breakfast): 89 €

Website: https://www.hotelcanoa.it/

 

Hotel Ambasciatori: 10-12 minutes (by bus line 10 or 16 and by walk) to reach the university.

Website: http://www.ambasciatori.net/en/

Via Crocifissa di Rosa 92, 25128 Brescia.

–   single room (bed and breakfast): 79 €

–   double room for single use (bed and breakfast): 89 €

–   double room (bed and breakfast): 99 €

 

Hotel Master: 15 minutes (by bus line 10 and by walk) to reach the university.

Via Luigi Apollonio 72, 25128 Brescia.

–   single room (bed and breakfast): 75 €

–   double room for single use (bed and breakfast): classic 80 €, superior 86 €

–   double room (bed and breakfast): classic 86 €, superior 92 €

Website: https://www.hotelmaster.net/home-en

 

Albergo Orologio: 17 minutes (by bus line 10 and by walk) to reach the university or 20 minutes (by metro at “Vittoria” stop, “Prealpino” direction, and by walk) to reach the university.

Via Cesare Beccaria 17, 25121 Brescia.

–   single room (bed and breakfast): 75 €

–   double room for single use (bed and breakfast): 85 €

–   double room (bed and breakfast): 100 €

Albergo Orologio is located in the centre of the city.

Website: https://www.albergoorologio.it/en/

 

  • Meals covered for all the symposium participants
    • Coffee breaks and lunch
    • Networking dinner (Room Apolo, Brescia University, 30 January 19:00)

SOCIAL MEDIA

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CONTACT

If you have any questions about the Final Symposium, please contact office@scishops.eu.

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