SciShops – how to develop new Science Shops

Promoting Science Shops in Europe

SciShops was a EU-funded Horizon 2020 project aimed at promoting the growth of community-based participatory research and Science Shops across Europe. The project ran from September 2017 to February 2020. VA (Public & Science) was one of 18 partners from 13 European countries.

Science Shops carry out independent scientific research in response to concerns experienced by citizens and local civil society in order to create new knowledge that can be used to better understand or tackle societal issues.  The SciShops project explored how different types of research organisations, such as universities, research institutes, non-profit organisations and even companies, can develop sustainable Science Shops.

Ten new Science Shops were established during the project alongside resources, tools and training to support new Science Shops. Read profiles of the new Science Shops.

Resources for Science Shops

On, a networking and knowledge sharing platform, you can find a range of resources to support the establishment and development of Science Shops that have developed during the project, such as:

VA has been involved in many aspects of the project, including developing a set of case studies of existing Science Shops, assembling a collection of RRI Tools for Science Shops, and conducting a global survey on awareness and experience of community-based participatory research. VA was also responsible for communications activities e.g. producing the project’s newsletter,  writing articles and creating dissemination materials and factsheets. We also ran workshops and helped to organise Summer Schools and the final SciShops Symposium.

In order to promote and support Swedish organisations interested in Science Shops, we have also run a number of workshops on Science Shops in Sweden. VA also ran a pop-up Science Shop on 1 July 2019 during Almedalen Week in Visby, Sweden.

Take a look at our project information folder and the final project factsheet. You can also read more about VA’s participation in the project in an interview with Project Manager Helen Garrison.

VA will continue to provide information and advice to organisations in Sweden interested in Science Shops so please get in touch if you would like to know more!

Project Partners

More about Scishops

Twitter: @SciShops_EU

SciShops project: website

Read the latest about the project

From inspiration to innovation – the journey of Ung SciShop

In 2019 Kerstin Jakobsson from the non-profit association ARNA, Art and Nature, participated in a workshop on Science Shops run by Public & Science as part of the EU SciShops… Läs mer


2024-06-18 |


2024-06-19 |


News articles, Science shops

VA study visit: public engagement in the UK

In February 2020, colleagues from Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA (Public & Science) visited four organisations in the UK to learn more about their work and how they are supporting public… Läs mer


2020-03-10 |


2023-08-11 |


EU-projekt, News articles, Nyheter, Science shops

SciShops Symposium – reflecting upon the past, present and future

The Horizon 2020 SciShops project ran its final event, the SciShops Symposium, on 30-31 January. Almost 100 participants from all over Europe and beyond gathered at the University of Brescia in Italy… Läs mer


2020-03-04 |


2023-08-11 |


Activity summaries, EU-projekt, Nyheter, Referat, Science shops

Inspiring Science Shop collaborations in Sweden

Science Shops were showcased as an innovative model for science-society collaboration at two events run by SciShops’ partner Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA (Public & Science), on 8 & 9 October… Läs mer


2019-11-05 |


2023-08-11 |


News articles, Nyheter, Science shops
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Public & Science Sweden

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Helen Garrison

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