SciShops is a EU-funded Horizon 2020 project that is developing new Science Shops across Europe. VA (Public & Science) is one of 18 European partners in this three-year project, which started in September 2017. Science Shops are a model of community-based research that facilitates research and knowledge transfer with and for society.
Science Shops carry out independent scientific research in response to concerns experienced by citizens and local civil society in order to create new knowledge that can be used to better understand or tackle societal issues. The SciShops project is exploring ways how different types of research organisations, such as universities, research institutes, non-profit organisations and even companies, can develop sustainable Science Shops.
Ten new Science Shops across Europe are being established. The project has also developed guidelines, best practices and training to help organisations wishing to set up Science Shops as well as a networking and knowledge sharing platform and twinning scheme.
The work that VA has been involved in to date has included developing a set of case studies of existing Science Shops, assembling a collection of RRI Tools for Science Shops, and conducting a worldwide survey on awareness and experience of community-based participatory research. VA also manages the project’s newsletter.
VA is currently promoting Science Shops within Sweden and intends to run a workshop about Science Shops in Stockholm in October. If you’d like to receive details, please get in touch with Helen Garrison.
VA will be running its first pop-up Science Shop on 1 July during Almedalen Week in Visby, Sweden. Throughout the day, researchers from Swedish research organisations will be encouraging visitors to stop by the pop-up Science Shop and discover how real world problems that they encounter in their daily lives and work can be turned into concrete research questions, and ultimately, new knowledge and solutions. Each year around 40,000 people from academia, politics and civil society descend on the island of Gotland in Sweden to discuss a wide range of current societal issues in a packed programme of seminars, debates and events.
- SYNYO GmbH, Austria, (Project Coordinator)
- Handelsblatt GmbH, Germany
- The University of Hohenheim, Germany
- KPMG, Cyprus
- The National Unions of Students in Europe, Belgium
- Institute of Social Innovations, Lithuania
- University of Oxford, UK
- University of Leuven, Belgium
- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
- Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania
- The University of Brescia, Italy
- Leiden University, The Netherlands
- CIMNE, International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Spain
- The Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
- The Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany
- VA (Public & Science), Sweden
- Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research, Hungary
- SciCo Cyprus, Cyprus
For further information about the project, please contact Helen Garrison, Project Manager at VA.