InSPIRES Spring School: Strengthening the Relationships between Research and Society

From April 22, 2019 to April 23, 2019

The Institut Pasteur in Tunis and the Université de Lyon, as partners of the InSPIRES project consortium, are organizing a spring school for the Science Shops on April 22 and 23, 2019

The InSPIRES Spring School will be held in Tunis, and will explore the idea of participative research and new ways of producing knowledge, which lead to significant societal change. The 40 selected participants, from French-speaking countries in the European Union, Africa and the Middle-East will receive training and talk to experts in participatory research in order to develop new Science Shops or similar programs in their own countries.

The workshops held over the two days of the training program will focus on theoretical, practical and fun approaches, provide key tools to build a Science Shop and to direct future participatory research projects. The Spring School will include a panel discussion about driving new Science Shop initiatives, between university professors, researchers and representatives from organizations with significant experience with this type of program.


Professor Florence Piron from the University of Quebec (Canada), as the initiator of new Science Shops in Africa, along with Dr. Seyni Moumouni, Director of the Institute for Humanities Research (IRSH) at the University of Niamey (Niger). They will explain how and why African countries need this type of program.

Professor Pierre Cornu from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France), will discuss the importance of getting researchers involved with Science Shops, alongside Professor Henda Triki from the Institut Pasteur in Tunis.

Dr. Glen Millot, founder of the Sciences Citoyennes organization (France), will discuss what citizens can bring to participatory research, and will be supported by a testimonial from a Tunisian organization which is currently working with the Institut Pasteur’s Science Shop in Tunis (Tunisia).

Dr. Florence Belaën from the Université de Lyon’s Culture, Science and Society Department, along with Professor Samir Boubaker, President of the Biomedical Ethics Committee of the Institut Pasteur in Tunis, will discuss the issue of ethics in participatory research.

► The Université de Lyon is organizing this Spring School with its Science Shop.