Organisations conducting community-based participatory research are invited to participate in the SciShops Pitch Challenge. To participate, you need to present the research you are doing together with your local community in a three-minute video. We are looking for originality, creativity, enthusiasm and societal impact!
Between 1 and 4 July, the city of Limassol in Cyprus welcomed 45 participants from 15 different countries to the 2019 SciShops Summer School. With diverse backgrounds, ranging from researchers at universities to project managers in private companies, and varying levels of expertise in Science Shops, the participants gathered in this seaside city to learn together about many different aspects relating to the establishment, running and sustainability of Science Shops.
För att forskningen ska kunna ta sig an samhällsproblemen behöver forskare komma närmare samhället. En del av lösningen kan vara kunskapskiosker (science shops), ställen där allmänhet och civilsamhälle samverkar med forskare för att ta fram ny kunskap. Under Almedalsveckan 2019 slog vi upp en kunskapskiosk i Visby för att ta reda på vad Almedalen ville forska om.
Science Shops can be an effective model for developing mutually beneficial relationships between academia and society. By working together to find solutions to societal issues, students/researchers get to work on real-life problems and civil society organisations get access to research expertise and new knowledge.
As part of the EU SciShops project consortium, VA (Public & Science) has been helping to produce a range of resources to support both new and established Science Shops. The resources address various aspects of setting up and running a Science Shop and take into account different types of organisational models.
Awareness of science shops and community-based participatory research is much higher in Western Europe, than in other parts of Europe. Researchers are more likely to be familiar with these concepts than community organisations, the main beneficiaries, too. These are some of the results of a survey conducted by SciShops, a new Horizon 2020 project promoting the growth of science shops and community-based research in Europe. VA is a partner in SciShops and was responsible for conducting the survey.