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)

Policy brief #2 NewHoRRIzon



September 2019

Policy brief #2 'Lacking integration of societal needs and ethical concerns into European research and innovation policy severelyy limits the ability to tackle 'grand challenges'

NewHoRRIzon is a project that aims at further integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the research and innovation systems on national and international levels.

More about the project
Download the policy brief

Webinar Living Knowledge 2020

A 20th anniversary in lockdown 

Friday June 26th, from 14.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs CEST

We had hoped to see all of you in Groningen at the end of June to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Living Knowledge Network. Unfortunately, we had to postpone our 9th International Living Knowledge Conference to 2021.
Because we do miss all our global friends and colleagues, we decided we should not let this birthday pass without any notice. Moreover, the current pandemic gives us a lot of food for thought and discussion. Therefore we will host a webinar 

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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!