- First joint project of German Science Shops (2016-2017)
The one-year project "Meer davon - Berlin liegt an der Nordsee" is a joint project of wissnet - the network of German Science Shops and will engage citizens into topics related to seas and oceans. The relevance of marine research and oceanology for one's own action shall be explored in various events such as workshops, science cafés, simulation games, open labs and DIY meetings. The project is funded in the framework of the Science Year 2016*17 "Seas and Oceans", which is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research which aims to communicate science to the public and to support the dialog between research and society. The project partners are: Science Shop Uni Vechta/Cloppenburg (coordinator), Bonn Science Shop, basis.wissen.schafft Berlin – wir bringen wissen ins rollen, Kubus TU Berlin, Potsdam Science Shop, Science Shop Wissensdialog, Technologie und Training – WTT e.V. Sachsen. More information (in German) about the project can be found at the website of wissnet.
- "Nature into grey zones" (2013-2016)
The project aimed to unseal and close to nature greening of urban industrial areas. Furthermore, the campaign aimed to raise awareness among both corporate representatives and citizens for the urban margins for biodiversity conservation in urban areas and to make them actors. The project was funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, the Foundation Environment and Development of NRW and the 'Lebendige Stadt' Foundation. Read a summary in English or the project's website in German
- "Green light on the harbour canal" (Groen licht aan het Havenkanaal) (2014)
A research project carried out by the University of Groningen’s Science Shop 2014 involved different stakeholders such as the municipality of Assen, the Drenthe Bat Working Group, the Bureau BügelHajema of Assen and the University of Groningen. The result: green LED street lights on the canal in Assen are efficient and environmentally friendly and do not disturb the bats. Read more
- "Gluten intolerance and diabetes type I" - Project example from Social Medicine
Gluten intolerance and diabetes type I often come together (genetic association). Nutrition plays a large role for both diseases. The Dutch Coeliac Disease Association (DCA) asked for a research into the quality of life for both patients and their partners. The University of Groningen/University Medical Centre Groningen and the Science Shop for Medicine and Public Health jointly worked on this project. Research was conducted using a questionnaire. They found out that practical and social limitations were most present. Female patients scored higher on GSRS (Gastro-intestinal Symptom Rating Scale) and DSC-r (Diabetes Specific Complaints). Both male and female patients scored relatively low on quality-of-life appreciation compared to other patient groups (6.7 (SD1.7)). A large part of the female patients showed signs of depression (41.3%, based on CES-d Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale) but quality of life for partners is good. DCA can draw more attention to the position of these patients now.
- Case Studies from the Science Shop of Queen's University of Belfast
- More examples of Science Shop projects
A compilation of examples of Science Shop projects compiled by Dr. Henk Mulder, University of Groningen can be downloaded here