About

EUC Science Shop

The first Science Shop in Cyprus was founded in 2011 by European University Cyprus School of Business. The EUC Science Shop established itself and operates with support from the PERARES (Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society) FP7 project. The aim of the Science Shop is to create an information bridge between the society (in the form of CSO’s) and the academia.  The main aim is to promote this cooperation and to indicate solutions for applied problems that CSO’s are facing in their everyday business.

 

 

 

EUC Science Shop is member of the International Science Shop Network.

 

 

What is a Science Shop?

A “Science Shop” is a unit that provides independent, participatory research support in response to concerns experienced by civil society. Science Shops use the term “science” in its broadest sense, incorporating social and human sciences, as well as natural, physical, engineering and technical sciences.

Most Science Shops are linked to universities and use the work of students under appropriate supervision to respond to the civil society (mostly NGOs) needs. Science Shops combine research (and teaching where applicable) with service to society.

 

Civil society organisations can simply approach a Science Shop with a problem in which they feel some research would be helpful for them to help solve their problem. The Science Shop staff will then transfer these requests into research projects and find students and/or staff to work on these projects, in close contact with the “client”. The results are handed over to the client and the Science Shop staff will support the client in the use of these scientific results and will help to formulate follow-up proposals, both those relevant to the client and those relevant to further research. This process means that new knowledge is generated, or at least existing knowledge is combined and adapted to context.


How does a Science Shop function?

Questions from civil organisations are rephrased to scientific research projects. Students, under supervision of a professor then perform the research, or a researcher does it. Students usually obtain credit points for their research. The research will lead to a report (or another type of product) which is made to be of use to the client. The student will have gained valuable skills (problem definition, project based working, communicating, planning). The professor and/or the researcher will have case material for either future publication or further theoretical analysis. Moreover, for the professor involved this supervision is part of the teaching obligation.

 

 

 

 

Examples of Research Projects with Science Shops

Wind Turbines – Netherlands Science Shop for Physics, Groningen

Research was done on behalf of resident organisations in The Netherlands.

Noise from windturbines was present especially during the nights, contrary to the outcome of the reports underlying the licensing procedures. The increasing height of the turbines caused them to have their wings in higher atmospheric layers (>100m) which have relatively high wind speeds at night. So, even when on ground level there is no wind, the turbines still operate. Because there is less wind at ground level, noises are not masked. Citizens suffer from noise with ‘whopping’ peaks, when sound waves from individual turbines in the park amplify each other. Research proved and calculated the complaints of residents, and paid attention to microphone effects in measuring the noise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

European University Cyprus

European University Cyprus developed out of Cyprus College, which was founded in 1961 by Ioannis Gregoriou. The purpose was to provide a well-rounded education of high caliber, so that students would acquire the necessary academic and practical knowledge in their fields of study. Programs of study lead to Diploma, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and are accredited by the Accreditation Council (SEKAP) of the Republic of Cyprus. After September of 2007, four schools are established and operating at EUC, 1) School of Arts and Education, 2) School of Business Administration, 3) School of Humanities and Social Sciences and 4) School of Sciences. All undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by European University Cyprus are recognized nationally and internationally. EUC’s relationship with the local community and the Cypriot community in general is sound. This strong relationship with the Society motivates the function of the Science Shop. One of the University’s declared missions is to understand and serve the needs of the Society. Additionally one of the declared values is to be socially responsible. It educates people for positions of responsibility and for contributing to socially sustainable solutions. For this reason many Activities and initiatives are developed by the University to ensure the strong connection with the Society. Some of them are the “University of Monday” (Series of lectures that are open to the public), Blood Donations, an Environmental Awareness Day, Piano Concerts, Artistic/creative exhibitions and performances, Cultural Events and many others.

The EUC School of Business Administration conducts programs leading to Bachelor and Master Degrees. The purpose of the school curriculum is to prepare students for responsible roles and positions in the management of a variety of organizations. While many students choose to apply the knowledge gained through their undergraduate experience to careers in business, the school curriculum is designed to offer an understanding of the complexities and analytical tools involved in the management of governmental, educational, health-related and other types of organizations. In addition, business graduates often choose to continue their academic careers through graduate study in business and economics.

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PERARES Project

The work leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 244264 (the PERARES project).