News from ISGlobal
A new research and innovation project —Ingenious Science sShops to promote Participatory Innovation, Research and Equity in Science (InSPIRES)— will strengthen communication between scientists and citizens in order to provide input on the research agenda over the next four years. The project will be coordinated by the ISGlobal, with funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme “Science with and for Society” (SwafS).
The first science shops were set up in the Netherlands in the 1970s. These university-affiliated offices were designed to establish direct contact between scientists and citizens. The model later took root in other European countries and an international network called Living Knowledge was set up to share experiences, establish a formal structure and expand existing partnerships. Science shops made it possible to develop research lines tailored to real needs through bottom-up, demand-driven research and innovation. Thanks to this win-win concept, the scientific agenda is no longer only decided behind closed doors; citizens and interest groups are invited to take part in the process. Science shops also guide policy decisions by meeting and communicating with various stakeholders, including political officeholders.
“Building on the existing experience and knowledge, we aim to develop the 2.0 version of this concept from a “glocal” perspective –I mean acting locally but thinking globally—through a culturally inclusive and socially responsible approach,” says María Jesús Pinazo, project leader at ISGlobal and Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.