Science shops: A kaleidoscope of science-society collaborations in Europe

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Tue May 3 07:12:47 EDT 2005

Science shops: A  <>
kaleidoscope of science-society collaborations in Europe

Public Understanding of Science (forthcoming)


Loet Leydesdorff  <outbind://7/#_ftn1> [1] & Janelle Ward
<outbind://7/#_ftn2> [2]




The science-shop model was initiated in the Netherlands in the 1970s. During
the 1980s, the model spread throughout Europe, but without much
coordination. The crucial idea behind the science shops involves a working
relationship between knowledge-producing institutions like universities and
citizen groups that need answers to relevant questions.  More recently, the
European Commission has funded a number of projects for taking stock of the
results of science shops. Twenty-one in-depth case studies by seven science
shops across Europe enable us to draw some conclusions about the variety of
experiences in terms of differences among disciplines, nations, and formats
of the historical institutionalization. The functions of science shops in
the mediation of normative concerns with analytical perspectives can further
be specified.


Keywords: science shop, empowerment, democratization, university, NGO,
knowledge, access


** apologies for cross-postings.

Loet Leydesdorff
Honory Chair of the City of Lausanne (March - July)
Université de Lausanne, School of Economics (HEC),
BFSH 1, 1015 Lausanne-Dorigny, Switzerland
Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR)
Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX  Amsterdam
Tel.: +31-20-525 6598; fax: +31-20-525 3681
 <mailto:loet at> loet at;

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