The University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (UCAD) Science Shop “Xam-Xamu Niep Ngir Niep” (Knowledge of All for All)

Author: Dieyi Diouf

Abstract: Traditionally, universities in the North as well as in the Global South concentrated their activities on two main missions: Teaching and Research. A “third mission” of universities called “service to the community”, defined as its social responsibility to contribute to development, is now promoted to researchers [1] [2] [3]. Several studies have shown that scientific and local knowledge play an important role in the process of sustainable development by creating an operational interface between researchers, students and non-profit organizations [4] [5] [6]. In order to fully accomplish this mission for the benefit of local communities, researchers are getting involved in Science shops, which were established in the Netherlands in the 1970’s. Glen Millot [15] speaks of “third sectors” in reference to the role Science Shop plays. Indeed, Science shops are dynamic mediators of cooperation between communities, NGOs, citizens and researchers. Science Shos teams receive demands from civil society or organizations and helps translate them into research programs or scientific issues that students and researchers treat and make the results available to communities. This presentation will firstly focus on a definition of some useful concepts. Then, the second part will deal with the origin of Science Shops and their evolution before analyzing the process of setting up the UCAD Science Shop “Xam-xamu niep ngir niep” (Knowledge of all for all).

Citation:Diouf, D. (2017). The University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (UCAD) Science Shop “Xam-Xamu Niep Ngir Niep” (Knowledge of All for All)Expanding Perspectives on Open Science: Communities, Cultures and Diversity in Concepts and Practices, L. Chan and F. Loizides (Eds.) 269-282. IOS Press. doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-769-6-269

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