Steering committee

Ils De BalIls De Bal obtained her masters degree in communication sciences and started her career in the field of sales and marketing. After 5 years of sales experiences, she changed her professional direction and started to work for the Science Shop Brussels and the national network of Science Shops at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Nowadays she is the coordinator of the Science Communication Office which is part of the Research and Development department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is actively involved in the construction of a solid relation between society and research through the Science Shop-concept.


Bálint Balázs is a research fellow of the Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG), Hungary. Bálint is a sociologist and historian responsible in PERARES for the management of the workpackage ‘Forgotten Citizens of Europe – Participatory Action Research for Local Human Rights’ which in Hungary leads action research with the most disadvantageous minority groups, the Roma. 

ESSRG works on the boundaries of environmental and social sciences practiced in a transdisciplinary approach contending that sustainable development and human rights are intertwined. The team established and operates the first Hungarian Science Shop in 2005, and became active part of the Science Café Network, which promotes public dialogues around socially relevant scientific issues.


Frank BeckerFrank Becker, skilled electrician and political economist. Management consultant, human ressources manager and project manager in the areas of strategy development, regional development, skills development and conflict moderation since 1993. Since 2001 staff member of Science Shop kubus at the Centre for Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation (ZEWK), Technische Universität Berlin.
Primary areas of his work are co-operation networks for sustainable development, regional economy, strategies of reuse and further use as well as social co-operation networks. Together with Verena Lorenz-Meyer Frank is coordinating the project „ReUse-Computer“ which deals with the reuse and further use of computer equipment.


Sosser BrodersenSøsser Brodersen is postdoc fellow in the research alliance PROCEED at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). She has a master’s degree and PhD in Civil Engineering. She has been working with citizens and environmental issues ever since she studied and since 2002 Søsser has been strongly engaged in the Science Shop of DTU, now named ‘DTU Match User driven Innovation’. Currently Søsser’s research areas are user-driven innovation with special focus on welfare technologies; and engineering practice and competences.



Nicola BuckleyNicola Buckley is Head of Public Engagement at the University of Cambridge, where she has co-ordinated the annual Cambridge Science Festival since 2004 and the annual Cambridge Festival of Ideas since 2008. These public Festivals engage audiences of nearly 50,000 people each year in encountering University researchers face-to-face through talks, discussions and workshops. Nicola also set up a Cambridge Community Knowledge Exchange two years ago to take research requests from civil society organisations and match them with student dissertation requirements in subjects such as Sociology, Management and Architecture. So far, 8 projects have been concluded at Masters and undergraduate level. Nicola is a member of the PERARES consortium and is involved in organising transnational knowledge debates on topics such as nanotechnology; and in generating research questions for international studies on the topic of domestic violence bringing together researchers, students and civil society organisations. Nicola has degrees in Social Anthropology and Science and Society; and worked in the UK voluntary sector prior to her current role at the University of Cambridge.


Jane BurpeeJane Burpee is associate librarian at the University of Guelph. As a member of the Library’s Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication Team, she supports the work of researchers and research teams on her campus. Jane and her team will work with researchers in the area of information management, data curation, dissemination, publication, collaboration and long-term preservation of scholarly outputs. She is a true advocate of the Open Access (OA) movement.
Jane holds a Master of Library and Information Studies and a degree in Environmental Studies from McGill University. She earned her B.A. from Concordia University. She began her career as a librarian at the Science, Industry and Business Library in New York City. Before coming to Guelph, she spent five years working in Thunder Bay for Ontario Library Service-North, Thunder Bay Public Library, and the Lakehead University Library. She was 2004-2006 Winner of the University of Guelph Presidential Distinguished Professor and Librarian Award.

Michaela S. JorgensenMichael Søgaard Jørgensen is M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (1981) and has a PhD in Technology Assessment (1988). He is an associate professor in user participation in technology assessment and technology development at DTU Management Engineering. He was the co-ordinator of the Science Shop at Technical University of Denmark 1985-2009 and is now involved in similar activities as part of DTU Match User-driven Innovation. He has been participating in several EU-funded projects about science shops: SCIPAS, INTERACTS, ISSNET, TRAMS and currently PERARES. He has published about social shaping and societal impact of science shop activities, environmental management in companies and product chains, sustainable transition, technology assessment and technology foresight, developmental work, organic food production and consumption, and food system innovation. Currently an important research area is sustainable transition to a low-carbon society. He is the chairman of the Society of Green Technology within the Danish Society of Engineers and a member of the Danish Board of Technology’s Board of Representatives.



Eileen MartinEileen Martin has been Manager of The Science Shop at Queen’s University Belfast for fifteen years. She co-ordinated the development of the Queen’s in the Community initiative and the Queen’s Community Outreach Strategy.  She has participated in several EU funded Science Shop projects, including jointly leading a workpackage in the EU funded PERARES (Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society) programme and is a founding member of the International Science Shop Network Living Knowledge.


Emma McKennaEmma McKenna is Co-ordinator of The Science Shop at Queen’s University Belfast.  She holds a PhD in Sociology and previously worked for the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action and for the Women’s Support Network.  She is joint workpackage leader in the EU funded PERARES project (Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society) considering ways in which Community Based Research initiatives can be embedded in Higher Education policy and co-organised the last Living Knowledge conference in Belfast in August 2009. 


Glen MillotGlen Millot holds a Ph.D. in Thermodynamics. He then joined the Fondation Science Citoyennes to organize forums between researchers, farmers and representative of CSOs whose aim was to develop research projects to promote sustainable agriculture for good nutrition, a healthy environment and a living countryside. In parallel, he worked on a position paper on research policy in France at the time of the 2004 reforms: “What science policy to enter the 21st century? Towards a new contract between research and society”. Since then, always in the Fondation Science Citoyennes, he is involved on various topics such as participatory or collaborative research, whistleblowers protection, scientometrics and research policy. He also coordinate a festival (films and debates) on issues of Science and Society since 2004: “Sciences en bobines”. As a member of the european consortium PERARES, he mainly works on two projects: debates between researchers and CSOs and the monitoring of a collaborative research project.



Henk MulderHenk A. J. Mulder is a chemist/environmental scientist and co-ordinator of the Science Shop and Chair of the Education Board of the Master Programme Science Communication of the University of Groningen, Netherlands. The past decade, he has been active as: co-ordinator of the project that introduced Science Shops at Romanian universities (financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), initiator and WP-leader for the EU-funded SCIPAS-project, partner in the EU funded project ISSNET (Improving Science Shop Networking), and work package leader for the mentoring of new science shops in the EU funded project TRAMS. He is a founding member of the International Science Shop Network Living Knowledge and project coordinator of PERARES. His current research concerns the role of societal organisations in the nano-debate.


Philip NydenPhilip Nyden, currently Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University Chicago. CURL is a non-traditional research center at that involves community partners in all stages of research from conceptualization and research design to data analysis and report dissemination. Much of Nyden’s work utilizes this collaborative university-community methodological approach; he has written extensively on this subject. Among his publications are: Public Sociology: Research, Action and Change; Building Community: Social Science in Action, and: Collaborative Research: Harnessing the Tensions Between Researcher and Practitioner. Nyden has done substantial research on what produces stable racially, ethnically, and economically diverse communities in the U.S. and is currently working on a follow-up to a 1998 national, nine-city study funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and published as a dedicated issue of HUD’s policy journal, Cityscape. He is involved in activist researcher networks linking community-based research across regional and national boundaries. With colleagues at the University of Technology Sydney Shopfront (Australia) and CURL, he co-edits a peer-reviewed journal, Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement.

Gisela PrystavGisela Prystav, born in 1958, graduated engineer for environmental engineering; former skilled type-setter. Permanent scientific staff of Technische Universität Berlin, Cooperation and Consulting for Environmental Questions (kubus) since 1994. Kubus is a university based and funded science shop working on environmental concerns and sustainable development. It was established in 1986 and is a section of the Centre for Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation (ZEWK), the TU Berlin’s service centre for social and ecological concerns. Primary areas of work: Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Water Management, Environmental Measures in SME, Service Learning and Transdisciplinarity. Project management and participation on regional and international level. Reference projects: Project laboratories of TU Berlin; UAC – Urban Agriculture as an Integrative Factor of Climate-Optimised Urban Development; Urban Agriculture as an integrative factor of climate-optimised urban development, Casablanca; Zer0-M – Sustainable Concepts Towards a Zero Outflow Municipality; INTERACTS – Improving Interaction between NGOs, Science Shops and Universities.


Khan RahiKhan Rahi is an Afghan-Canadian based in Toronto and a Community-based Researcher and Lecturer affiliated with the US based Loka Institute and Management Consultant with the Canadian Community-based Research Network. He has been actively involved with the European based Science Shops and the Living Knowledge Network since its inception (2000). He has been active as member of the organizing teams of all previous Living Knowledge Conferences held in Leuven (2001), Seville (2005), Paris (2007) and Belfast (2009). Khan’s research and publications is multidisciplinary and covers civic engagement in science and technology, settlement, civic integration of immigrants and refugees and neighbourhood development in the Canadian, US and European contexts. He has active research and advisory association with regional and international networks and consortiums including, the Canadian and Dutch based International Metropolis Project.


Norbert SteinhausNorbert Steinhaus obtained his masters degree in Agriculture in 1986. In 1988 he joined the Wissenschaftsladen Bonn and became member of the board in 1990. As member of the management support group of PERARES he is involved in the organisation of national and international workshops and conferences, website development and maintenance as well as the dissemination of results and exchange of experience on national and international level. He participated in the international cooperation projects TRAMS and CIPAST as work package coordinator to provide network partners and intermediaries with information via electronic newsletters, websites and printed magazines. For the FP6 project EFSUPS, an educational project for primary schools and kindergartens, he took the task of the project coordinator. Since the end of 2007 he is the coordinator and international contact point of Living Knowledge, the international Science Shop network.



Gerard StraverGerard Straver is coordinator of the Science Shop of Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR), The Netherlands. His work consists of:
• Management of the science shop
• Co-ordination of research projects commissioned by civil society organizations such as consumer organisations, patient organizations, farmer groups, village committees, nature and environmental activist groups etc.
• Training of researchers in the concept of science shop research
• Communication on science shop research projects
Gerard likes to design research projects with local civil society groups, researchers and students. Participation in research projects of different stakeholders increases their chances to success considerably. Linking local cases to scientific theory and placing them in a national and global context explains Gerard’s involvement in PERARES. For Gerard, the development of the science shop concept is a fascinating challenge. He is convinced that building bridges between science and society will improve the quality of our life and of our living environment.



Elsiabeth TryonBeth Tryon, Assistant Director of the Morgridge Center. The Morgridge Center promotes citizenship and learning through service within local, national and global communities through various programs, services and resources. Beth manages the Center’s academic service-learning programs including Service-Learning Fellows and the Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship grants, and has begun a new initiative, the Community-University Exchange, based on the Science Shop model. She also works with faculty and staff across campus on community-based research with a special focus on community partner relations. She co-authored The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning (2009).


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