The DTU Science Shop - collaboration with citizens

Monday 26 Nov 07
The Science Shop is an open door to DTU for citizens and civil society organisations that have a problem related to technology and society

Based on requests to the Science Shops, students carry out projects as part of their education and researchers supervise the students or give advice to the citizens. A number of the projects in 2006 focused on the local village Rådvad and their resource consumption and environmental conditions. Together with the municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk a conference about the future of the local stream Mølleåen was organised. Other projects have focused on development of concepts for wheelchair users’ access to camping cars and concepts for new bike stands for the city bikes in Copenhagen.


Foreign students and researchers also work together with the Science Shop because they want to co-operate with civil society organisations or study Danish experiences with citizen participation in societal planning. The Science Shop is member of the international network of science shops, Living Knowledge. In the EU-funded project ‘Training and mentoring of science shops’ (TRAMS) experienced science shops support the start of new science shops and help developing strategies for new and young science shops. The strategies are based on the local needs for co-operation between civil society and university. The Science Shop at DTU supports the development of strategies for science shops in Estonia, Iceland and Spain. One field of co-operation in the international network of science shops is nanotechnology and the development of strategies for dialogue between citizens and nanotechnology researchers about the problems and the solutions, which the nanotechnology research is focusing on and whether and how the research may support the work of civil society organisations within health and environment.


The Science Shop at DTU is also an affiliated member of the Network of Excellence ACCENT (Atmospheric Composition Change The European Network of Excellence). The role of the Science Shop is analyses of civil society organisations’ activities within air pollution and its prevention and abatement. Also analyses if air pollution researchers’ co-operation with civil society organisations is part of the co-operation.


In the coming years The Science Shop will focus on a strengthened co-operation with citizens and civil society organisations within the concept of ‘user driven innovation’, especially within areas like elderly people’s quality of life and within healthy and sustainable food. Through workshops future topics for co-operation about research and education at DTU will be developed.


The Science Shop

- Co-operation with citizens in research and education