Pre-Conference “Summer School”

Please note:
The summer school is full. But you can be added in a waiting list, in case we have extra space. Please write to: if you like to be listed in the waiting list.

In the run-up of the Living Knowledge Conference there will be a Pre-Conference “Summer School” on Science Shops, from 7-8 April 2014 in the Scandic Sydhavn Hotel.

The Summer School aims specifically at those with little or no experience in, or knowledge of, Science Shops or Community-Based Research Offices. By participating in this crash course, you will be able to engage in follow-up discussions during the conference much more easily. It will also allow you to assess options for yourself to start (to work in) a Science Shop or similar entity, should you wish to do so.
The workshop will be given by Science Shop coordinators with a long experience, from The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, and Germany. During the following Living Knowledge Conference you can meet and talk with many more Science Shop staff from all around the world.
Places are limited, so please make sure to register early. The PERARES project, funded by the European Commission under contract FP7-244264, and the Living Knowledge Network offer this Summer School for all who are interested at the reduced rate of 50 €, which includes morning and afternoon refreshments and the lunch on Monday.
Speakers: Henk Mulder, Science Shop Groningen, The Netherlands; Gerard Straver, Science Shop Wageningen, The Netherlands; Norbert Steinhaus, Science Shop Bonn, Germany; Eileen Martin and Emma McKenna, Science Shop Northern-Ireland.

Pre-liminary Program

(Some topics may be shifted; start and end times will not change)

MONDAY 7th April:

9.30-12.30 Introduction

  • Science Shops in the context of Public Engagement
  • General overview Science Shops operation (university based and non-university based)
  • Impact of Science Shops for various stakeholders
  • Examples of Science Shops & projects


13.30-17.00 Stakeholders


  • Identifying CSO needs
  • From Societal Needs to Research Needs (intake, articulation)
  • From Research Needs to Research Questions (reframing)
  • Products and follow-up after the research (science shop’s involvement)

Higher Education:

  • Doing Projects in curricula

Questions and Answers


TUESDAY 8th April:

9.00-12.30 Operational Options to design your Science Shop

  • Operational Models & Funding
  • Job descriptions (role of coordinators; the mediation process)
  • Establishing and distributing Responsibilities in partnership projects;
  • Evaluations (Evaluating and being evaluated)
  • Strategies to start Science Shops (networking)
  • Living Knowledge Network/EU support
  • Practical Resources (toolbox for Science Shops)

Q &A all remaining questions, discussions on strategies, networking support

Certificates for participants