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VA will be running a workshop on Science Shops at the International Transdisciplinarity Conference 10-13 September 2019 in Gothenburg.
The aim of this conference, Joining Forces for Change, is to bring together actors from different professional mandates, disciplines and sectors to engage and discuss practical examples and case studies that approach societal transformation through boundary breaking collaboration. The conference invites practitioners and researchers from government and administrative organisations and agencies, interest groups from community and business, and researchers and students from across the university.
Develop your own Science Shop: a one stop shop for participatory research
will be held on Tuesday 10 September at 14:00 – 15:30
Science Shops are entities that bring researchers and civil society organisations together to co-create knowledge to better understand and solve societal issues. Through community-based participatory research in which local challenges are translated into research topics, Science Shops are a proven model for supporting transdisciplinary research that engages a range of stakeholders to achieve local impact.
The concept originated in the Netherlands in the 1970s and Science Shops can be found in countries around the world. Initially based within universities, Science Shops are now being run by different types of research organisations. SciShops is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project testing new Science Shop models and developing tools and resources to support those interested in setting up Science Shops and community-based participatory research initiatives. Ten new Science Shops are being set up as part of the project by a range of different research organisations, including research institutes, NGOs, universities and companies.
This workshop will explore how Science Shops work, different organisational models and approaches based on real-life case studies, ways in which Science Shops can engage diverse stakeholders from different parts of society as well as challenges and success factors. Participants will come away with concrete ideas and tools for starting their own Science Shop projects.