Living Knowledge – Exchange, Networking and Building Partnerships

The Living Knowledge Network is composed of persons active in -or supportive of- Science Shops and Community Based Research. Living Knowledge aims to foster public engagement with, and participation in, all levels of the research and innovation process.

We facilitate cooperation with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to generate research ideas, questions and agendas. We perform research in response to these questions, either ourselves or with the assistance of others, notably higher education students. Our goal is to co-create research to find solutions and therefore make a positive impact on real world problems.

By doing this, we promote community focused cooperation between civil society and those involved in teaching, research and innovation, particularly in higher education. Our process of engaging with society aims to strengthen both the research process and its outcomes for all partners, and thus contribute to research excellence and innovation outcomes that meet views, wishes and demands of civil society.

More about the Living Knowledge basic concept (pdf)

EnRRICH Project

Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education (EnRRICH) – aims at building policy, practice and partnerships to create a better awareness of the value of RRI in the curriculum. Networking, learning from experience and sharing and improving good practices across Europe and beyond will be in the focus of the project’s activities. Funded by the European Union and coordinated by the Science Shop of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, EnRRICH started on 1st July 2015 and involves 13 consortium members from 10 European countries. Read more

The Living Network

Let’s make the Network visible - We invite all members of Science Shops or community-based research centres and other institutions to pin their own organisation in a customized map. You just need your google account to be able to make the network visible and to create contacts. Come and join

Science Shops

Science Shops are not “shops” in the traditional sense of the word. They are small entities that provide independent, participatory research support in response to concerns experienced by civil society. Read more about Science Shops, their history and tasks.

Stay informed

Website, Newsletter and Discussion list are the main communication tools of the Living Knowledge Network. They will keep you informed about developments related to building partnerships for public access to research. Also check out the Science Shop Toolbox and library in our Resources section!