Steering committee

Sosser BrodersenSøsser Brodersen  is a postdoc fellow in the research alliance PROCEED and TempoS at Aalborg University/CPH. I have a master degree and PhD in Engineering. I have been working with citizens and environmental issues ever since I studied to become an Engineer. Currently my research areas are User-driven innovation with special focus on welfare technologies; Engineering practice and competences and Design with People in multicultural environments.


 Catherine Bates studied design for her degree and master’s, and did her PhD in sociology. She lectured in design theory and history for ten years. In 2006 she moved to the community sector, where she ran a second-chance education programme for women drug users in rehabilitation. Catherine has been the co-ordinator of DIT’s Programme for Students Learning With Communities ( since 2008, which supports and promotes community-based research and community-based learning across DIT and among community partners. She has presented nationally and internationally, as well as published, on design, sociology, and her work in DIT .


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.


Hansje Epping Hansje Epping is working on several projects focusing on competence-based learning and capacity building in both Western and non-Western settings at Education and Competence Study Group of Wageningen UR. Furthermore, she is coordinator of the course MOA-Masterclass of the Msc. Organic Agriculture. This course aims to create a ‘community of learners’. During the course the students learn on the edges; between theory and practice, between beta and gamma, between ‘North’ and ‘South’ issues.


Meira Hanson Meira Hanson is the coordinator of the Gateway to Community Engaged Research project, hosted by the Heschel Center for Sustainability. She is an independent lecturer and researcher on social and political aspects of environment, health and sustainability.



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.


  Siobhan Long manages Enable Ireland’s National Assistive Technology Training and Specialist Seating Services. Supporting individuals with disabilities to exploit technology to its fullest potential, she has a particular interest in accessibility in relation to mobile devices and augmentative communication devices. She has worked over the past 6 years in partnership with Dublin Institute of Technology’s Product Design Course to foster collaboration between Assistive Technology users with disabilities and Product Designers, with the shared goal of creating innovative solutions to enhance independence and social inclusion.


Daniel Ludwig Daniel Ludwig graduated with a degree in Economics in 1989 from Cologne University, followed by a PhD in Economics in 1996 at the Technical University of Zittau/Saxony. From 1991 to 2012, he worked as a lecturer, researcher, and project manager in related fields, such as economics and economic policy, energy and environmental economics, regional development, and entrepreneurship. During this time, Daniel was also active in the field of business consultancy and as a board member of SIRE-IntCons AG in Zittau. He worked freelance as lecturer for various educational institutions in Saxony. In 2006, he was one of the founders of the Science Shop in Zittau (“Wissenschaftsladen Zittau” – WTT e.V.), which has also been involved in the PERARES project. Since November 2011, Daniel has worked at Vechta University/Lower Saxony in the Department for Research Management and Transfer and is, among other tasks, responsible for the newly established.”Science Shop Vechta/Cloppenburg” (November 2012).




Emma McKenna Emma McKenna worked, after completing her PhD in Sociology, in research and policy in the community sector in Northern Ireland.  In 2001 she moved to Queen’s University Belfast’s Science Shop, where she facilitatesstudent research projects which meet community needs.  She has researched and supported public engagement internationally, and mentored new Science Shops across the UK and Ireland and in Canada, France and Norway.  She has co-written and presented a range of reports and articles examining the role of Science Shops as a public engagement mechanism.She also delivers training on Science Shop practice and on public engagement with research and teaching.  She is currently involved in the Public Engagement in Research and Research Engagement in Society (PERARES) European-Commission funded Science Shop project and is a Research Associate for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement in the UK.




Eileen Martin Eileen Martin has been supporting public engagement in Higher Education across Europe  for over 20 years.  As Manager of The Science Shop at Queen’s University Belfast she works with community partners to develop their research needs into curriculum based research projects suitable for students.  This involves working with staff and students across the university, both to facilitate research projects and to create a strategic context for this work. She was instrumental in developing the Queen’s in the Community initiative, including the  development of a community strategy and contributing to training on public engagement. Having participated in several European Commission funded projects she is co-ordinating a workpackage on embedding community based initiatives within Higher Education Institution structures to improve their sustainability as part of the PERARES project (Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society).  She has mentored new Science Shops across the world and has researched and reflected on mechanisms to support Public Engagement in Higher Education in several articles and papers. She has also worked on a voluntary basis on a number of community projects in the Glens of Antrim.  She holds a Masters Degree in Applied Anthropology and previously held a research post at Queen’s.



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.



Khan RahiKhan Rahi is Community-based Research Practitioner, Lecturer and Policy Analyst, affiliated with the Loka Institute, University of Toronto and the Canadian Community-based Research Network; formerly the Co-ordinator of the Community-based Research Network (CRN) at Loka Institute. Khan is an active contributor of scholarship and grassroots promotion of CBR affiliated with the Science Shops and the Living Knowledge Network since its creation (2000). He has been Member, Conference Organizing Team, Organizer and Presenter of sessions at all previous Living Knowledge Conferences held in Leuven (2001), Seville (2005), Paris (2007), Belfast (2009) and Bonn (2012). He has a wide range of  multidisciplinary community-based research practice, knowledge transfer and publications interests including, civic engagement in science and technology, community-university and government engagement, migration and neighbourhood development in the Canadian, US, European and Australian contexts. Khan has an MA in Sociology and Social Work Practice, Adjunct Lecturer and Contract Academic Staff appointments at University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. He is Research Associate with the University of Toronto, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (U of T) and Cities Centre.



Norbert Steinhaus Norbert Steinhaus since the end of 2007 he is coordinator and international contact point of LIVING KNOWLEDGE, the international Science Shop network.  Here he was organizer of national and international workshops and conferences, with the 5th Living Knowledge Conference, May 2012 in Bonn, and 220 delegates from 34 countries as most recent. By being responsible editor for Living Knowledge – International Journal of Community Based Research he provided for the dissemination of results and exchange of experience on national and international level.With the collaboration of the Living Knowledge Network the ‘Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research (GACER)’ was created by representatives of universities, networks and civil society organizations in May 2008.


Gerard StraverGerard Straver is coordinator of the Science Shop of Wageningen University & 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. Gerard coordinates also Studium Generale. Studium Generale organises academic and cultural activities for all who would like to look beyond their own field of specialisation and broaden their general knowledge.

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