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bio innovation park Rhineland

Climate protection and green urban development have already been introduced into a number of projects run by the Bonn Science Shop. The "bio innovation park Rhineland" is focusing on these aspects, too. The aim of the project is to establish a climate-neutral Science and Business Park between the cities of Meckenheim and Rheinbach.

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Work-based Learning in CVET

The Bonn Science Shop takes part in an international project focussed on the implementation of worked-based learning in CVET. The project is coordinated by the Government Office of Békés Country and funded by the European Union. The main aim of the two years project (01/12/2015 – 01/12/2017) is to develop in an international cooperation a complex methodology applicable in the CVET (continuing VET) of adults concerning work-based learning, based on Finnish, German and Italian models. In the context of the cooperation the international partnership implementing the project aims to develop a complex methodology that is going to be well applicable in each member country of the European Union, it is going to be in line with European Union efforts, and it will be worked out according to the quality requirements identified by the EQAVET working group.

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Sparks

The EU-supported project Sparks has officially started in July 2015. It gathers 33 organisations from 29 countries among them Bonn Science Shop and is coordinated by ECSITE - The European Network of Science Centres and Museums. Sparks aims at bridging the gap between the super-fast pace of scientific innovation and society through an interactive touring exhibition. The exhibition will be accompanied by more than 230 innovative participatory activities to engage the public in research. The project aims at raising awareness and communicating the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to Europeans in 29 countries. In 2016, the exhibition on the topic of technology shifts in health and medicine will be hosted in Bonn for a period of two months.

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EnRRICH

The EnRRICH project (Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education) aims to improve the capacity of students and staff in higher education to enhance the involvement of society in the whole research process. By responding to the research needs of society as expressed by civil society organisations (CSOs) the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) shall be embedded in curricula. Bonn Science Shop is part of the project consortium among 12 other partners from 10 different European countries. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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Expedition Greenland – Learning Sustainability from the Vikings

An international project team has designed excercises for students aged from 12 to 15 for interdisciplinary learning and learning through enquiry. The material deals with Norse Greenland, contemporary Greenland, analogies around the world and international cooperation for global sustainability.

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Serena

The abbreviation Serena stands for `Serious Game about renewable energy technologies for girls`. A serious game is a computer game which entertains the player as well as it informs about certain topics. In our project, we would like to inform about technical skills in the renewable energy sector because job opportunities in this field are rarely known by girls. Our target group are girls at the age of 12 to 16.

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RRI Tools

Climate change, use of risk technologies, food security, IT security – these are only a few areas where successful research and innovation is the decisive factor for well-being worldwide. But to date research frequently operates quite detached from the values, needs and expectations of society. Research should be carried out responsibly, be governed by certain values and include all the important actors and stakeholders – such as scientists, industry, civil society and educational institutions. The Bonn Science Shop is the German project partner in the EU project ”Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Tools“. Institutions from 30 countries developed an innovative and creative collection of instruments - the RRI Toolkit, which includes both practical digital resources and actions to increase awareness, training, dissemination and implementation of the RRI aims.

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The International Green Play town

Two tightrope artists tell stories of stranded sailors while being two metres above ground. An Iraqi artist plays music from his home on an instrument made of a coconut shell. These are impressions of the international green play town. All together 14 of such cultural events are being organised by the Science Shop Bonn in 2016 and 2017 in collaboration with the cultural centre Brotfabrik at the nature discovery site in Bonn-Dransdorf. The project receives funding by the Landschaftsverband Rheinland.

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Simulation Game Palm Oil

The small kernels of the oil palm with its brown and reddish fruit pulp are in the center of attention of the new simulation game that the Science Shop Bonn develops in cooperation with the company Innowego – Forum Bildung & Nachhaltigkeit eG. It is set up as a role play in which vocational students play the part of customers, salesmen, and purchasing agents. The central question for discussion is: Which actions should be taken to create a fair and sustainable trade with products containing palm oil?

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Soufflearning – Learning face-to-face

Bonn Science Shop and netz NRW e.V. have developed a concept for the specific needs and demands of small and very small enterprises (SME) which is capable of being flexibly adapted to everyday operations and work flow and responds directly to the individual needs and demands of the staff in the business. Soufflearning provides support and assistance as the acquired know-how is implemented.

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