The WUR Science Shop is the door that civil society can knock on to use the university’s expertise. Civil society organizations, NGOs, or social enterprises can contact us when they face a challenge they want to tackle through research. As a WUR student, you can be involved in these projects!
What does the process look like?
Commissioners are involved from the very beginning, defining clear research questions and participating in the whole research process. A WUR researcher becomes project leader and captains the project, drafting the Action Plan, or in other words, the roadmap of the research project. In the Action Plan, the commissioner and the project leader decide who to involve, how, and when. One of the things they decide on is how and when students will be involved in the project.
Why get involved?
By participating in a Science Shop project, students get the chance to work in close collaboration with society, incorporating their knowledge and expertise to deliver results that will contribute to direct societal impact. This is an opportunity for young scientists who want to answer society’s needs for change by means of demand-driven, participatory research. It is a chance to work in real-life projects, with real people and in answer to real problems.
How are students involved in Science Shop Projects?
Generally, students can become involved through an Academic Consultancy Training (ACT) project, through a thesis, or an internship. When browsing through our projects, you can see in detail how students contributed. ACT opportunities are released every period by Society Based Education (SBE), and are available when registering for the ACT.
How can I get involved?
If you haven’t done your ACT yet, you can keep an eye on the available projects that the Science Shop commissions. If you’re looking for an internship, don’t hesitate to take a look at the available opportunities. Even if there is nothing at the moment, but you are interested in contributing to a Science Shop project, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help as best we can.