Norbert Steinhaus

Norbert Steinhaus joined the Bonn Science Shop in 1988, and became a Science Shop board member in 1990. Since 1984 Bonn Science Shop (WILA Bonn) dedicates its work to key social challenges: the enormous land use, energy transition, sustainable work fields, social justice, just to name a few. Such challenges can only be overcome when science takes them up, and citizens are able to understand even highly complex matters so well that they are able to act accordingly.

Norbert has co-operated in international projects on training and mentoring Science Shops (TRAMS), citizen participation in science and technology (CIPAST) or Public Engagement in Research and Researchers Engaging with Society (PERARES) and coordinated an educational European project for primary schools and kindergartens, and SOUFFLEARNING, a project for the transfer of innovation in training staff of SMEs. Since the end of 2007 he is the coordinator and international contact point of Living Knowledge, the international Science Shop network.

Rajesh Tandon

Dr Rajesh Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He founded Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a voluntary organisation providing support to grassroots initiatives in South Asia and continues to be in Chief Functionary since 1982. He was appointed Co-Chair of the prestigious UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, for two terms (2012 – 2016 and 2016 – 2020). The UNESCO Chair grows out of and supports UNESCO’s global lead to play ‘a key role in assisting countries to build knowledge societies’. Dr. Tandon has authored more than 100 articles, a dozen books and numerous training manuals.

Budd L. Hall

Budd L Hall, Professor of Community Development and Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. Budd is a pioneer in participatory research and a researcher in the fields of participatory research, adult education and social movements, as well as the field of knowledge democracy. Author of the following: (2016) CoEditor, Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local: the VI World Report on Higher Education Barcelona: GUNi, (2016)Second Editor, Knowledge and Engagement: Building Capacity for the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers Victoria and New Delhi: University of Victoria and PRIA,(2016) Second Editor, Training the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers: A Guide for Trainers. Victoria and New Delhi: University of Victoria and PRIA,(2015) First Editor Institutionalizing Community University Research Partnerships Victoria and New Delhi: University of Victoria and PRIA,(2015) Author/Editor with Tandon, R and Tremblay, C Strengthening Community University Research Partnerships: Global Perspectives. Victoria and New Delhi: University of Victoria Press and PRIA Press,(2014) Co-Editor with Ronaldo Munck, Lorraine McIllrath and Rajesh Tandon Higher Education and Community Based Research:Creating a Global Vision London-New York: Palgrave MacMillan

Ignasi López Verdeguer

Working for “la Caixa” Banking Foundation in science related fields since 2000. Today contributing to coordinate its funding programmes of Research and Innovation, Fellowships and Science in Society – CosmoCaixa. He holds an extensive experience in Philanthropy of R&I, in Science and Innovation Policy and in Science in Society issues. He has been particularly active in the field of Responsible Research and Innovation as a leader of the EC funded project RRI Tools and as a participant and advisor in several H2020 projects. He is also Chairman of the ELSI Advisory Board of the EIT Health and a member of the Steering Committee of the Research Forum of the European Foundation Centre. He is a Physicist by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and holds a postgraduate degree in Management by IESE-Universidad de Navarra.

Moura Quayle

“The concept of InSPIRES aligns with my interests in a multi-sectoral approach to policy innovation and knowledge mobilization in the Policy Studio at the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues and I look forward to sharing ideas and knowledge with global colleagues” (Moura Quayle, Director, pro tem, UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs) 

Itziar de Lecuona

PhD in Law and MA in Bioethics and Law; Tenure – Track Lecturer, Department of Medicine. Member of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at the University of Barcelona. Deputy Director of the Bioethics and Law Observatory at the University of Barcelona. Member of the Consolidated Research Group “Bioethics, Law and Society” of the Catalonian Government.

Antonio Raschi

Born in Florence, Italy, in 1955. Agronomist, has been working as a researcher for CNR since 1982. In 1985 and 1989 he worked as a visiting scientist at the Institute of Ecology of Edinburgh University. His main scientific interests have been related to plant ecophysiology, global change, and more recently to rural development and to science dissemination. Since 2009 he is Director of the Institute of Biometeorology of the National Research Council (CNR-IBIMET). He has taken part in several European Projects and he has been National Delegate in five COST Projects. He is author or co-author of more than 100 refereed papers.

Hideyuki Hirakawa

Mr. Hideyuki Hirakawa researches the ideal state of science in society. Has written To whom does science belong? and other acclaimed books. Originally, he was a science boy, but when he got a master of science, he gently turned around. Learned philosophy and scientific thought and shift his range of interest to social problems.

Science Café Italian Association

The Coffee-Science tool was born as a method of scientific dissemination alternative to that proposed by official channels (universities, specialized magazines, scientific articles). This tool has the intent to bring topics of Science and Technology to the general public attention in a colloquial and accessible way, while always paying great attention to the rigor and completeness of the proposed topics.

The method, which initially involved only a few local entities, has reached a strong global diffusion in the last few years and, in particular, is increasingly taking the field in several Italian regions. More and more easily you can come across a Caffè Scienza or a Scientific Aperitif organized while walking in some local downtown.

Hence the need to create an Italian Coffee-Science Network in which to gather the experiences present in the different regions and make them immediately accessible to all those interested in participating in an event or who have the will to organize one in their own city.

Antonio Lucchesi

The Associazione Insieme Onlus is a social promotion association that operates in the territory of Mugello and Florence to intervene against discomfort and marginalization. The association manages three residential buildings in Mugello and a day service in Florence. Insieme Onlus is a social promotion association set up in 1982 that deals with people addicted to drugs and marginality. The association runs four structures where it implements a pedagogical rehabilitation program aimed at emancipation from the condition of dependence for people with pathological use of psychoactive substances.

Since 2015, Antonio Lucchesi is the President of the Association Insieme Onlus. Since 1990, Antonio has been a community operator at rehabilitation facilities for drug addicts of the Borgo S. Lorenzo Insieme Association (Fi), where he also served as the Head of the Reintegration Structure. Antonio has also been a speaker at about 50 conferences and has held lectures in various universities, high schools and training courses.