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InSPIRES (Ingenious Science shops to promote Participatory Innovation, Research and Equity in Science) brought together practitioners and experts from across and beyond Europe to co-design, jointly pilot, refine and implement innovative models for Science Shops.

The main goal of the project was to build effective cooperation between science and society by supporting the growth of Science Shops and enabling the expansion of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Europe and abroad, in order to tackle key societal challenges that affect the world population. InSPIRES was looking at societal challenges that have not received enough attention from researchers, companies and governments, despite an enormous potential for innovative solutions and the clear potential for RRI bottom-up demand driven research and innovation.

The InSPIRES models integrated Responsible Research and Innovation, Open Science and Impact Evaluation as part of their DNA in order to open the research process up in a more strategic way. The inputs from systematic impact evaluation studies were continuously integrated in order to make InSPIRES Science Shops 2.0 models more accurate and responsive to civil society needs and concerns.

Concentrating most of its efforts on Research and Innovation in the health and environmental sectors, giving special attention to gender parity and vulnerable groups (women, the elderly, adolescents, migrants and refugees), InSPIRES brought Science Caf├ęs and other public engagement initiatives into its models together with a international focus, for more inclusive, context relevant and culturally adapted community-based participatory research and innovation.

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