SciShops is a new EU-funded Horizon 2020 project that will map and expand the science shops ecosystem in Europe. The project started in September 2017 and will explore how to develop and run sustainable science shops.
The aim of the project is to build on the capacity of the existing science shops network in Europe, exploring ways different types of research organisations, such as research SMEs, research institutes, large enterprises, NGOs and universities, can run science shops. Currently, in-depth case studies of existing science shops are being conducted in order to compile best practises from around the world.
What’s a Science Shop?
Science Shops are a model of community-based research that facilitates research and knowledge transfer with and for society. The initial idea behind Science Shops was to provide a specific location at a university where citizens and community groups could collaborate directly with researchers to help solve real issues at local and regional levels.
We need your help
The project is currently running a pan-European survey to gather insights from researchers, communities, policy makers and local authorities on their knowledge and experience of community-based participatory research.
The findings will help to develop guidelines, elaborate a knowledge exchange roadmap and design training for organisations setting up new science shops. The project will also develop a knowledge sharing platform and a twinning scheme. The overall target is to establish ten new science shops in Europe. Do you want to share your views and experiences? Please respond to SciShops pan-European survey.
For more information about the project see the SciShops website or follow the project via social media: