Norbert Steinhaus joined the Bonn Science Shop in 1988, and became a Science Shop board member in 1990. Since 1984 Bonn Science Shop (WILA Bonn) dedicates its work to key social challenges: the enormous land use, energy transition, sustainable work fields, social justice, just to name a few. Such challenges can only be overcome when science takes them up, and citizens are able to understand even highly complex matters so well that they are able to act accordingly.
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.