About Living Knowledge – The international Science Shop Network

The international Living Knowledge Network (LK) is set up for people interested in building partnerships for public access to research. Members use the network platform and its tools for documentation and to exchange information, ideas, experiences and expertise on community-based research and science and society relations in general.

Living Knowledge focuses on strategic issues and is active within political settings The network’s activities range from strategic networking to training of individual skills and from information to mentoring of old and new practitioners in public engagement with research.


The website informs you about the following:

Science Shops, as small entities that carry out scientific research in a wide range of disciplines – usually free of charge and – on behalf of citizens and local civil society. The fact that Science shops respond to civil society’s needs for expertise and knowledge is a key element that distinguish them from other knowledge transfer mechanisms. The Science Shop section offers access to FAQs, documentation, reading suggestions, archives and a toolbox service.


The PERARES (Public Engagement with Research And Research Engagement with Society) project aims to strengthen the interaction between researchers and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and citizens in Europe. 26 partners from 17 countries (Science Shops, social organizations, universities and a research funder) will jointly organize transnational debates on scientific research and set up new Science Shops in 10 European cities. The project runs from 2010 untill 2014.


The PERARES Online Debate started in November 2011 with a “Nano Knowlegde Debate”.  The Debate focuses on setting research questions and thus does not just provide an opportunity for general discussion.


Beside this website the main communication tools for the LK are the