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Study and conference on improving public access to science through science shops.

Objective

An international conference on improving public access to science shops will be organised.
As preparation, seven working groups will prepare draft reports on specific issues related to science shops. Science shops are currently not very well documented. This system of (mostly university based) non-profit consultancy centres arose in The Netherlands in the 1970s, and spread to some of the northern EU states and other countries. They are quite successful in giving public access to science. The proceedings of this conference will serve as a means to science and technology policy makers on the European and member state level to assess if and how science shops could be an effective tool for improving public access to science, and if so, how they can be supported. The proceedings will be of relevance to existing science shops and new initiatives; they can directly benefit form experience contained in the volume. Next to its intrinsic value, the conference and its proceedings will also be an indispensable milestone in laying the foundation for a European network of science shops. This will make science shops more efficacious and will help them advance public access to science throughout Europe.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY
Address
Sorbonnelaan 16
3584 CA Utrecht
Netherlands

Participants (8)

INSTITUT FUER GESELLSCHAFTSWISSENSCHAFTLICHE FORSCHUNG, BILDUNG UND INFORMATION
Austria
Address
Wilhelm-greil-strasse 1/2
6020 Innsbruck
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
Denmark
Address
Technical University Of Denmark, Building 322
2800 Lyngby
TECHNIKON WITWATERSRAND
South Africa
Address
37 Nind Street
2094 Johannesburg
THE HAIM ZIPPORI COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTER
Israel
Address
Jerusalem Forest
91033 Jerusalem
THE LOKA INSTITUTE
United States
Address
Hampshire College Campus
01004 Amherst
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
Address
111 Botanic Avenue
BTJ IJP Belfast
UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN
Netherlands
Address
Nijenborgh 4
9747 AG Groningen
WISSENSCHAFTSLADEN BONN E.V.
Germany
Address
Buschstr.85
53113 Bonn