28 September – Join the InSPIRES webinar: Policy Work of Science Shops

Emma Mckenna, coordinator of the Science Shop of the Queen's University Belfast since 2001. Catherine Bates, coordinator of the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Programme for Students Learning with Communities

The InSPIRES EU project is delighted to welcome you to join the Webinar on Policy work of Science Shops on the 28th of September at 14h (CEST time).

One of the main challenges that Science Shops may face is to ensure its sustainability over the long term. A key strategy to achieve it can be making sure that policymakers such as funders, political representatives and senior university managers understand and appreciate how Science Shops could help them to deliver on their own relevant priorities. Policy development work can feel challenging for Science Shop practitioners, especially in the early stages of their work. However, the experience of longstanding Science Shops suggests that policy work is vital to long-term success.

In this webinar, Emma Mckenna, coordinator of the Science Shop of the Queen’s University Belfast since 2001, and Catherine Bates, coordinator of the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Programme for Students Learning with Communities, will share with us their experiences in policy work developed within the EC funded projects PERARES and EnRRICH. They will present inspiring examples and recommendations to help to implement policy development in your own work. They will share knowledge based on learning from the wider Living Knowledge Community across the world.

We invite you to join this Inspires Webinar and to participate in an interactive discussion. If you are interested, please send an email to and you will receive access to the online platform to join the webinar.


We also invite you to share your local best practices & ideas on Science Shops in a digital ideation challenge with the help of Be-novative software. Register and catch up with all the info on the Transformative Potential of Science Shops page or share your ideas right now!