In many countries in Europe and around the world, there are diverse cooperation and outreach institutions between science and society. These are generally referred to as science shops (Wissenschaftsladen, wetenschapswinkel, boutique de sciences…) and adopt a community-based research approach.
Kubus is a university science shop and is a part of the “Living Knowledge” international network, where members share their experiences in community-based research virtually as well as at various events, including workshops and congresses for EU projects.
Particularly within the fields of ecological urban and regional development, there are a variety of inquiries as well as cooperation offers from district associations, citizens' initiatives and environmental associations. These range from the environmental (in)compatibility of large-scale construction measures to the ecological maintenance and design of the banks of waterways through to the promotion of environmentally friendly mobility. Cross-cutting issues addressed by working groups in Agenda 21 are another important area of work
In addition to specialist support, non-governmental organizations also provide recommendations for conflict mediation, for instance when trees were felled along the Landwehrkanal.
Exchange between public research and industry has steadily increased in recent years. If is often particularly difficult for medium-sized enterprises to find suitable contact persons at universities. Formulating their business request in a way that is feasible for science is often another hurdle. Successful knowledge transfer also depends on negotiating exploitation rights that may arise from the collaboration in a way that is legally viable. TU Berlin aims to actively promote cooperation with industry in Berlin and especially with SMEs here.
kubus is the point of contact for SME who wish to find contacts at TU Berlin:
Attracting and including active and engaged partners from praxis – including from small and medium-sized enterprises – in transdisciplinary practical and application-oriented research projects is yet another key factor in ensuring the quality of the results attained.
To this end, kubus helps TU Berlin institutes and academic chairs find suitable praxis partners.