Last 9th of May we organized a InSPIRES webinar dedicated to CSOs engagement with Norbert Steinhaus, board member of Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (Bonn Science Shop) and coordinator of the Living Knowledge.
Within the framework of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Open Science and Innovation, researchers are called to collaborate with different stakeholders through inclusive and participatory methodologies during the different phases of the R&I process (i.e. during the research agenda setting, design and execution of projects, implementation, evaluation and dissemination). The project InSPIRES is exploring how Science Shops can act as an interface for RRI implementation.
Currently, those interfaces are organisations created as mediators between citizen groups (trade unions, pressure groups, non-profit organisations, social groups, environmentalists, consumers, residents association etc.) and research institutions (universities, independent research facilities). Science Shops are important actors in community-based research (CBR) and facilitate collaborative research projects based on concerns brought forward by society.
However, sometimes one of the first difficulties, specially for new established Science Shops, is to engage CSOs, to take them on board and to establish with them a win-win relationship based on trust.
In this webinar, Norbert Steinhaus, who is a board member of Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (Bonn Science Shop) since 1990 and coordinator of the Living Knowledge, shared with us his experience working with CSOs. He presentes some inspiring examples of collaborations and will give some tips to fruitfully engage with them.
Check out here the full presentation: