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SmartAfriHub BioScienceShop

New tools added on SmartAfriHub

Are you farmer, forester, service organisation, IT company, governmental organisation, NGO and are you looking for students (bacillary, master or doctors studies)  or researcher, who can solve your problem. The connect our BioScienceShop https://www.smartafrihub.com/science-shop/-/message_boards/category/39775 

and then select category          

and publish your request.

Are you researcher or student. You can look for pilots farm, company, where you can provide your research on https://www.smartafrihub.com/science-shop/-/message_boards/category/39777

and publish your request in concrete category

What is Science Shop

A science shop is a facility which traditionally has been nested in a university with the aim of providing access to (academic) knowledge for members of the public that need such knowledge but may not have the means to pay for it. Science shops have been around for decades. First trialled in the Netherlands in the 1970s, science shops have since gained momentum in many parts of the world, including in Canada, the USA, Africa and Asia. The rationale has always been the same - to provide “independent, participatory support for research that responds to concerns experienced by society.”( https://goo.gl/jzdKif)

As the concept of science shops spread around the world, their internal organization and foci also branched out into different directions. Today science shops broadly fall into two groups – university based and non-university based – with further sub-divisions in each one. Strictly university based science shops have a central coordination unit that collects research requests and assigns them to different departments. These science shops (e.g. Wageningen, Brussels) have large budgets, are 100% university funded, work within university’s curricula and as such are tied to the established philosophy of research. Some also follow strict rules when it comes to accepting requests from the public. Lille science shop, for example, discards questions submitted by individuals.( https://www.cairn.info/revue-journal-of-innovation-economics-2017-1-page-97.htm)  Then, within the same group, there are smaller players like Eindhoven’s Chemistry Shop. It has no paid staff and students are the only ones involved. Their projects are usually very applied and short, and unlike their larger counterparts they do accept requests coming from individuals.

On the other end of the spectrum are non-university based science shops. They tend to be organized as NGOs or community organizations and have more independence because they are not limited by university's focus on more fundamental scientific issues. This allows them to work on a wider range of social problems. This independence in research however, is offset by a strong dependence on grant funding. As independent organizations, they often need to compete with similar organizations for the same funds. In practice this means that staff spends a lot of time fundraising and searching for sponsors. This situation can also be observed in some university based science shops, which may only have a percentage of their core funding from the host institution and so are required to fundraise for additional essential resources, including salaries. Indeed, funding was identified both as a challenge and a pathway to sustainability by many respondents to our own survey carried out for the purposes of this proposal.

SmartAfriHub  uses a revamped (hence the extension 4.0) science shop concept, that relies on increased usage of digital support technologies, to speed up and improve access to available knowledge based resources for agrifood practitioners and the broader community of stakeholders that support innovation processes in farming, forestry, fisheries and food production.

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