8. Questions relating to the Living Knowledge network


8. Questions relating to the Living Knowledge network

What is the Living Knowledge network?

Living Knowledge is the international network of Science Shops and comparable organisations. It is a meeting place for all organisations and persons interested in community-based research and science and society relations. Living Knowledge offers a forum for the exchange of information, expertise and ideas.

How can I become a member of Living Knowledge?

You can become a member of Living Knowledge by subscribing to the Living Knowledge  newsletter and/or discussion list, members do have access to news, information and discussions and receive the electronic quarterly Living Knowledge newsletter. Members are requested to share their information, expertise and questions with the other members of the network.

What is the membership fee for participating in Living Knowledge?

Living Knowledge is an open network. No fees or charges apply.

What can Living Knowledge offer a member?

Besides the services of the network Living Knowledge can contribute to the visibility and position of Science Shops in general by lobbying and networking for Science Shops.

Living Knowledge also offers training materials and mentoring activities for new Science Shops.

Science Shops in many countries are small entities known at a local or regional level, but with limited access to national policy and media levels. The regional coverage and visibility of Science Shops has to be improved. Experiences of Living Knowledge members can help to advocate for receiving the support of university management structures and policy makers.

At the EU level Living Knowledge is recogised as the portal for Science Shops (see also).

What is the advantage to university management of Science Shops?

The INTERACTS case study reports show that Science Shops can contribute to the role and the tasks of the universities in different ways. Science Shop projects and co-operation with civil society can have strategic benefits for universities – through an impact on curricula at postgraduate and undergraduate level. E.g. in the Romanian case study report Science Shop activities have contributed to the ongoing modernisation of the curricula and research by providing flexible modules of learning and project based learning, post-graduate courses, inclusion of Science Shop project results into the regular teaching activity, multi-disciplinary research and formulation of new project proposals.

Experience from one of the cases in the Danish case study report shows that Science Shop projects can lead to the establishment of new research and teaching areas.