Science Shop Summer School

This summer school aims specifically at those who are interested in or (wanting to become) involved in facilitating research with and for civil society, as a broker, intermediary or process manager. If you have little or no experience in or knowledge of Science Shops or similar brokering organizations, if you want to know more about it or want to learn from the practices of your colleagues elsewhere, we welcome you to this summer school. Participants will also get the chance to exchange experiences.

By participating in this ‘crash course’ you will be able to engage in follow-up discussions during the conference more easily. It will also allow you to access options for yourself to start or work in a Science Shop or similar organisation, if you wish to do so. The workshop will be facilitated by Science Shop coordinators with long experience, from the Netherlands and other European countries. If you attend the Living Knowledge Conference afterwards, you can meet and talk with many more Science Shop staff from all around the world.

The following topics will be addressed:

  • Introducing the Concept of Science Shops
  • Working with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
  • Working with Higher Education Institutes
  • Operational options to design your Science Shop
  • Sustained Partnerships
  • Network and Practical Resources

Practical Information:

The summer school will be held on the Tuesday before the conference .

Registration is limited to 30 participants, selected on the basis of first come first serve. Those only wishing to register for this workshop and not the Living Knowledge Conference will be put on a waiting list first. They will be accepted after May the 1st if there are places left.

The costs are 50 euro per person, including lunch; 75 euro for those not participating in the Living Knowledge Conference.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. 

Your guides:

The Science Shop Summer School will be facilitated by Science Shop coordinators with a long experience: Dr. Henk Mulder, who has many years of experience in Science Shop coordination, as well as coordination of major European funded projects, such as PERARES (Public Engagement in Research and Research Engagement with Society). Other core facilitators are Eileen Martin and Norbert Steinhaus.

Henk Mulder joined the Science Shop at the Chemistry Department in 1989 and is the current chairperson of the Science Shops of Groningen University. He is also a lecturer, and Programme Director of the Master Science Education and Communication. Henk has a long experience in research with and for civil society organizations and the co-creation of knowledge. His interests are public engagement in research, dialogues, science (communication) policies and European/international networking for citizen engagement in all phases of the (responsible) research and innovation process, including agenda-setting. He led the EU funded project “PERARES” and was partner in “Engage2020”, and is on various Advisory Panels. He has degrees in Chemistry and Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Eileen Martin has been supporting Public and Community Engagement in Higher Education across Europe for over 25 years.  As Manager of The Science Shop at Queen’s University Belfast, which recently celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary , Eileen works with community partners, students, staff and senior managers across the University to facilitate research projects and to create a strategic context for this work. She was instrumental in developing the first Queen’s Community Strategy and has contributed to training on Public and Community Engagement.  Eileen has participated in several European Commission funded projects over the past 15 years, including work on embedding community based initiatives within Higher Education Institution (HEI) structures across Europe to improve their sustainability.   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 in Northern Ireland.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Anthropology and previously held a research post at Queen’s.

Norbert Steinhaus joined the Bonn Science Shop in 1988, and became a Science Shop board member in 1990. Norbert has co-operated in international projects on training and mentoring Science Shops (TRAMS), citizen participation in science and technology (CIPAST) or Public Engagement in Research and Researchers Engaging with Society (PERARES) and coordinated an educational European project for primary schools and kindergartens, and SOUFFLEARNING, a project for the transfer of innovation in training staff of SMEs. Since the end of 2007 he is the coordinator and international contact point of Living Knowledge, the international Science Shop network. Norbert holds an engineering degree in agriculture.