Final Advisory Report: Social Lab

Mallika Sillé, Caspar Bruin, Darin Tomanov, Joseph Omileke, Kikki Verver

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Abstract

The Science Shops of the University of Groningen have acted as a link between societal questions and research since its founding in 1979. Social movements in the 1970s led to progressive students advocating for higher involvement between their universities and society. The existence of the Science Shops works to promote a democratization of science, in which citizens with no ties to academia can cooperate with return order to find answers to scientific questions they may have. There are currently six Science Shops tied to the University of Groningen, some are directly linked to specific faculties, such as the Science Shop for Medicine and Public Health, Education, Philosophy, and the Science Shop for Language, Culture, and Communication. Others are not faculty-specific, such as the Beta Science Shop, and the Green Office. While linked to the University, they independently decide which scientific questions they may want to research. Examples of previous societal trends and topics which they have researched include; the dangers of radiation, migrant children in Western classrooms, the representation of women in drug testing, and improving the quality of life for elders of migrant backgrounds.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jun-2023

Keywords

  • science shop
  • communication
  • outreach
  • Ukraine

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