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The SciShops project aims conduct an extensive analysis of already existing science shops in Europe and beyond with the help of research organisations and by developing a Knowledge Exchange roadmap. Furthermore, within the project, new science shops will be established by different types of organisations: large enterprises, research institutes and universities. They will be twinned with already established science shops and the new staff will learn from experienced science shops staff.

Why Science Shops?

Participatory research evolved as an alternative system of knowledge production. It recognises average people as researchers themselves, in pursuit of answers to the questions of their daily struggle and survival. Under this system, the intention is to mobilise people affected by the problem under study and for research and action to become part of the single process of political change.

One way to facilitate this form of research is through science shops: Firstly established in the Netherlands in the 1970s, these science shops that bring together relevant stakeholders for demand-driven research projects, are supported by the European Commission. This, in turn, helps to spread the use of community-based participatory research (CBPS) in Europe while financial support and consultation help overcome challenges and support best-practice.

“Science shops” are one model of community-based research that aims to establish productive, mutually beneficial collaborations between community organisations and research institutions. The initial idea behind science shops was to provide a specific location at the university where citizens and
community groups could link directly with researchers to help solve community-related problems. Regardless of the process, the results of all science shops activities are openly shared with community members, and made available for future community use.

Coordinator: SYNYO GMBH, Research and Development Department – Research and Development Department (Austria)
Handelsblatt Research Institute GMBH, Market Research Division – HRI (Germany)
University of Hohenheim, Hohenheim Research Center for Bioeconomy – UHOH (Germany)
KPMG Limited, Strategy and Operations (Cyprus)
The European Students’ Union – ESIB
Institute of Social Innovations, Social Sciences and Applied Social Research – SII (Lithuania)
University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, OXF (United Kingdom)
Katolieke Universiteit, Centre for Research on Peace and Development, CRPD (Belgium)
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Research Institute for Higher Education and Science, INEACU (Spain)
Universitatea Politechnica din Bucuresti, Intermediu Bucuresti, UPB (Romania)
Universita Degli Studi Di Brescia, UNIBS (Italy)
Universiteit Leiden, Leiden Observatory, UL (Netherlands)
International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, CIMNE (Spain)
Institute Josez Stefan, Department of Environmental Sciences, JSI (Slovenia)
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Sustainable Producation and Consumption, WI (Germany)
Vetenskap & Allmänhet, Public and Science, VA (Sweden)
Bay Zoltán Nonprofit LTD. for Applied Research, Knowledge and Management Centre, BZN (Hungary)
SCI-CO CYRPUS, Science and Innovation Promotion (Cyprus)

September 2017 – February 2020

Download the factsheet of the project.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 741657


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