INTERACTS aims at improving cooperation in science,
research and development between small to medium NGOs and
universities through intermediaries such as science shops. The objective of
this was to strengthen the interaction between research
institutions and society.
The growing need to create a culture of socially acceptable science, research and development and to make them more accessible to citizens creates new challenges for policy makers. How can the RTD system become more accountable? How can intermediaries such as science shops increase awareness of what potential lies in cooperation between universities and small to medium NGOs? What are the expectations for future cooperation between NGOs and universities? What are functions NGOs and individual researchers expect from these collaborations? What are the needs and opportunities for these types of cooperation and how do they change over time?
INTERACTS is a pioneering cross-national study. Organisations and institutions from
seven different countries collaborate across disciplines to
identify necessary changes in structures and routines in the
RTD system. The aim is to improve future interaction between
NGOs, researchers, and intermediaries like science shops. By collating
results from different countries, a broader picture of
experiences can emerge, which focusses on impacts on future science shops, future
expectations and policy relevance.