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#SciShopsPitCHallenge on Community-Based Participatory Research Initiatives

Make your Science Shop or community-based research initiative known to the world! This Pitch Challenge is your chance to present research you are doing together with your local community with a video!

Why should you participate? 

  • Increase your research impact by promoting your Science Shop/ community-based participatory research initiative at an international level.
  • Spread awareness of the benefits of community-based participatory research.
  • Kickstart new collaborations and develop your network.

Who can apply? 

The Pitch Challenge is open to all new or well-established Science Shops and community-based participatory research initiatives (organisations or teams of people) around the world that want to present one or more projects.

Application checklist

Apply for the Pitch Challenge using the online application. The deadline for receipt of an application, including receipt of the video, is December 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm CET. You should prepare a video describing your Science Shop or community-based participatory research initiative. The video can include your project/institution/Science Shop logo and should include #SciShopsPitCHallenge in the title and description. It should be uploaded to YouTube and then can be shared more widely, further promoting your Science Shop/community-based participatory research initiatives to wider audiences.

The video should be a pitch that describes your Science Shop or community-based participatory research initiative, your main project goals, and the impact that the project has on society. Be creative and use simple layman’s language in order to make your activity accessible to everyone. Show it to your friends, motivate them to participate in #SciShopsPitCHallenge and gather as many likes, views and reactions as possible!

Things to think about when preparing your video:

  • Think about your target audience – who do you need to “promote” the community initiative/project to?
  • What are the key messages that you want to get across?
  • How can the audience reach you afterwards?
  • What makes your community project innovative?
  • Try to tell a story.
  • Keep it simple!


The winning organization of the Pitch Challenge will have the chance to participate in the SciShops Final Symposium in Brescia, Italy (January 30-31, 2020) with travel, accommodation and meals covered for two staff members by the project. They will have the opportunity to promote their local research initiative at a European level to researchers, community initiatives, policy-makers and civil society organizations.

More info here.



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