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Beyond the Lab goes with a series of interactive activities organised by partners science centres, science shops and universities. Innovative formats of activities have been tailored for Sparks to involve the public in responsible research and innovation and trigger interaction between citizens and researchers.
There are two types of activities involved in Sparks:
- Compulsory activities taking place in all locations
- Optional activities which partners can choose from
Pop-up science shop
Science Shops mediate between citizens, citizen groups and research institutions. In Sparks ‘Pop-up Science Shops’ citizens, civil society organisations and other stakeholders are asked to express their requests, needs and concerns which are to be rephrased into topics and questions to be worked on or processed in scientific research linked to experts in Sparks’ local partnerships.
In short: an innovative and effective way of transferring knowledge, having a positive impact both on research and on civil society.
The Scenario Workshop is based on a presentation of possible future developments for a topic or problem chosen beforehand. Participants’ own experiences and criticism of these scenarios form the basis for future visions and action plans for implementing visions on the chosen theme/topic/problem.
In short: criticism, vision and fantasy + action!
Photo credit: Copernicus Science Centre
The Incubation Workshop gathers people of different backgrounds and professions to work together on creating an innovative idea/service/product on a selected issue based on real, local problems, challenges or concerns. It can be: Design Incubation Workshop (a long-term series of meetings) or Hackaton-style Incubation Workshop (24 hours long programming or constructing marathon).
In short: co-creation of ideas and frugal innovation
Photo credit: Science Museum London