Pop-Up Science Shop

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Description

Science Shops mediate between citizens, citizen groups and research institutions. ‘The Pop-up Science Shop’ refers to a single event in time, that simulates the way civil society’s requests and problems can be transferred into a research setup. Citizens are called clients, in the context of the “shop”.

Benefits

This format helps include public participation in research. Science Shops’ methodology transfers requests from community groups to research organisations. Thus, the event allows many important and pertinent questions to be raised – social, political and ethical– with regards to a determined topic of your selection, and you can discuss with people how innovation is encouraged, and about who is involved in the research process. Science Shops as a way of transferring knowledge are innovative and effective and have a positive impact both on research and on civil society.

Target groups

  • Adults and teenagers.

University team interested in engaging with their local community.

Preparations

  • Think about the expertise you want to offer: your research topics
  • Decide on a venue
  • Consider what materials or technical requirements you need
  • Promote your activity, get an inviting corner, where people can easily
    approach you.

Notes

Science shops were created in the 70´s and there´s a big corpus of literature.

Inspiration

Living Knowledge Network
SciShops