Summer school



***the programme of the summer school is available here***

Dates: 28th – 29th May 2018 as a pre-conference event and 30th May –  1st June 2018 as an event blended in the conference
Location: Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Key dates

Application deadline:                25th February 2018
Notification of acceptance:        4th March 2018
Posters to send before:              1st May 2018

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Theme and Objectives

We invited

  • PhD students and early-stage researchers,
  • practitioners who work in academic settings,
  • practitioners who work at civil society organisations,

who are interested in

  • making research more meaningful by working with and for communities,
  • research methods, educational concepts and good practices that deconstruct barriers between science and society,
  • learning about the concepts and practices of science shop, participatory research, responsible research and innovation (RRI)

to be part of the LK8 Summer School. The aim of the event is to initiate communication between researchers and practitioners, to explore and reflect on our understanding of socially useful knowledge – the characteristics of good knowledge and ways of knowledge production, which can lead to meaningful social changes.

Researcher and practitioner participants will be involved in discussions about the social impact and quality of knowledge facilitated by experts of these fields. Presentations, discussions, knowledge sharing and self-reflection will all serve the purpose to reveal the characteristics of socially useful knowledge.

The summer school provides 4 ETCS credits for PhD students.

The summer school builds on the need of the participant and most likely have combined and separate tracks depending on the various interests indicated by the participants.

We foresee one track to consist of a ‘crash course’ on how to work in or set-up a Science shop. This will cater to the needs of those who want to act as a ‘broker’ or ‘mediator’ between research and civil society, but have no or only limited experience in this. After this crash course you will be able to design your own Science shop and make a basic implementation plan. And, of course, it will allow you to fully enjoy the conference, where you will learn many more details and see slight differences in ways of working of various science shops from all over the globe.

Another track will be especially relevant for those who intent to or are doing their actual research with civil society groups or are doing studies on these forms of collaborative research, from all angles: either being researcher or community member or science shop practitioner.

There will be a number of experienced ‘tutors’ available to guide participants through the Summer school.

Set up and duration

The summer school consists of two parts:

1st part: 28th and 29th May 2018 as a pre-conference event with summer school participants

2nd part: 30th May – 1st June 2018 as an event blended in the LK8 conference itself.

The second part is optional: all summer school participants are warmly welcome to join both the pre-conference and the blended elements. The blended section of the summer school involves participation in

  • specific conference sessions of the LK8,
  • the poster session with a poster prepared for and discussed during the summer school (see below),
  • a joint final summer school session in the afternoon of 1st June, to wrap up, reflect on and evaluate the learnings.

Application process

Application has closed.

Prior to the conference

Summer school participants are requested to send a poster (template is provided with the letter of acceptance) electronically about their work/plans/challenges four weeks prior to the summer school. These are going to be

  • shared with the participants and resource persons of the summer school,
  • discussed during the summer school,
  • printed and exhibited in the poster session of the Living Knowledge Conference if the participant decides to take part in the blended element of the summers school as well. Consequently, these posters will be taken as regular posters submitted to the conference.

Course costs and fees

The cost of the summer school is covered by the Corvinus University of Budapest, therefore the summer school does not have a participation fee. Travel and accommodation costs are self-funded. To attend the whole summer school including the blended elements, participants shall register for the Living Knowledge Conference. See fees and bursaries here.


Please send your application or any questions to


Corvinus University of Budapest and University of Szeged


This summer school has been supported by the European Union and Hungary and co-financed by the European Social Fund through the project EFOP-3.6.3-VEKOP-16-2017-00007, titled “Young researchers from talented students – Fostering scientific careers in higher education