Webinar on CSO’s engagement in Science Shops

9th of May at 15h (CET time), conducted by Norbert Steinhaus (Bonn Science Shop)

Within the framework of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Open Science and Innovation researchers are called to collaborate with different stakeholders through inclusive and participatory methodologies during the different phases of the R&I process (i.e. during the research agenda setting, design and execution of projects, implementation, evaluation and dissemination). The project InSPIRES is exploring how Science Shops can act as an interface for RRI implementation.

Currently, Science Shops are organizations created as mediators between citizen groups (trade unions, pressure groups, non-profit organisations, social groups, environmentalists, consumers, residents association etc.) and research institutions (universities, independent research facilities). Science Shops are important actors in community-based research (CBR) and facilitate collaborative research projects based on concerns brought forward by society. However, sometimes one of the first difficulties, specially for new stablished Science Shops, is to engage CSOs, to take them on board and to establish with them a win-win relationship based on trust.

In this webinar, Norbert Steinhaus, who is a board member of Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (Bonn Science Shop) since 1990 and coordinator of the Living Knowledge Network, will share with us his experience in working with CSOs. He will present some inspiring examples of collaborations and will give us some tips to fruitfully engage with CSOs. He will also give his views on his understanding of the actual practices of Science Shops and their potential for transformation with an RRI approach. This reflection is being carrried out in the frame of the qualitative investigation that InSPIRES is conducting with interviews, a literature review and a digital ideation challenge with the help of the Be-novative software. Remember that you can also Register&Catch up with the Transformative Potential of Science Shops  page or Share your ideas right now. 


If you are interested to participate in this webinar on CSOs engagement in Science Shops, please send an emailto jcarreras@irsicaixa.es to receive access to the online platform. Please fell free toforward this invitation also to your Science Shop network (students, CSOs, researchers etc.).