Science Shops mediate between citizens, citizen groups and research institutions. ‘The Pop-up Science Shop’ refers to a single event that simulates the way that civil society makes requests and how these problems can be transferred into a research setup. Citizens are called clients, in the context of the “shop”. Science Shops operate under a variety of different names and in different ways throughout Europe and worldwide. What they share is that research is done on the basis of concerns of civil society and that projects are governed in a partnership between civil society organizations (CSOs) and research institutes.
Science Shops can be seen as a valuable experience to help bridge the gap between research and society and mediate mutual learning and cooperation processes. By engaging different groups and organizations in dialogue reflects the idea of responsiveness and diversity. The research question development is based on anticipation, reflection, adaptation and reflectivity.
To include public participation in research.
General Structure: Single Event
Main Event Duration: one day
Project Duration: Repeated indefinitely, i.e. it can be a single event, or it can be done several times a year depending on the needs.
2.1 Staff & Volunteers
Volunteer Requirements: Core team to organize the event, a supervisor and a researcher/student.
2.2 Venue Hire
Venue: Venue: indoors
Capacity: 1-20 people
If done in collaboration with a larger scale science event (festival etc), the Science Shop should be appropriately located within. The shop itself could consist of a stand with a table and some chairs. If possible, distributing freebies i.e. pens, pencil cases and notepads to give away as freebies, will always be helpful in regards to attracting the public’s attention and maintaining engagement.
2.3 Partner Institutions
Partner Institutions: Not required
Although the Science Shop can be done independently, it would be of great benefit to have the support of an institution or within a science festival set up.
Yearly / Project Budget: 1001€ – 5000€
|Budget Point||Details||Event Cost|
|Marketing||Open invitation through specialized websites and social media.||0€|
|Materials||Notepads, pens and printed material to give away.||0–100€|