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"Handbook" for applicants to the call for proposals: "Science Shops: research for local civil society" (Call: "Science and Society-20")

Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY


"Science shops" are not shops in the traditional sense of the word. They are small entities that carry out scientific and technological research across a wide range of disciplines. Their services are usually provided at reduced cost or on occasion at no charge at all and aim to address directly the scientific concerns of Europe's local communities by providing them independent scientific advice and research results. The fact that "Science Shops" exist to respond directly to the needs of our local communities distinguishes them from other knowledge transfer mechanisms. They are often linked to universities or other types of educational institutions and provide students and early stage researchers with the opportunity to work on science and technology projects of direct local concern and in the process assist them to gain practical experience and academic credits.
¿Science Shops¿ is a generic term that emerged largely from the pioneering work that was conducted particularly in the Netherlands in the early 1970s, when a group of chemistry students decided to put themselves together to help non-profit clients solve scientific problems. Aided by university staff, they aimed to increase the influence of civil society within academic circles and to forge better links between citizens, local interest groups as well as scientists and engineers.
"Science Shops" are known in different countries by a variety of names. The call for proposals addressed in this document covers all these entities providing services as set out in the above definition.

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Record Number: 7144 / Last updated on: 2005-11-29
Category: SUPP
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