Introduction and objectives

For the European Commission, the “Space Science Shop – S3” definition is “a non-profit organization bringing together students, researchers and civil society (civil society organizations, public authorities, SMEs, designers, innovators, etc. to tackle real life issues and explore opportunities for a sustainable future”.

In the FabSpace 2.0 project, the scope is to provide support in response to issues of these stakeholders, offering a demand-driven and bottom-up approach to the FabSpace facility. As a Space Science Shop (S3) these activities are done free or for a modest sum.

The stakeholders’ issues will be translated into challenges that will be useful for all the others will be exploited as a subject for students formation, or for local workshop or contest, as well as ‘running challenges’ in the FabSpace location. Thus number and interest of challenges collected is the critical point to attract participants with different interests, sensibilities, and innovative abilities.

In the FabSpace 2.0 project, the main objectives of the S3 are:

- Settle universities as key partners for local community and stakeholders

- Have concrete topic for the student’s education but also for the innovation events

- Raise interest of students and stakeholders for space and open data

- Highlight FabSpace as the dedicated ‘open innovation’ structure


Each S3 has a Country leader who will be the contact point for the stakeholders. The FabSpace location in each country also has basic materials to work in a group as a whiteboard, stickers, post-it and so on.

Different steps can be defined in the S3 implementation:

1- Collect the needs

2- Translate the needs in challenges, check their feasibility

3- Answer to the challenge

4- After the challenge

These steps are overlapped as we need new challenges during the project duration. However, for each need identified, these steps will be done.

1-Collects the needs and the societal challenges of stakeholders, linked to application domains of FabSpace and uses (i.e., Agriculture and Forestry; Energy; Environment and resource efficiency; Intelligent Transport Systems; Smart cities; Health and well-being; etc.). To collect needs, we are communicating about FabSpace and all the FabSpace partners are raising awareness on the potentials of Earth Observation, geodata-based applications, open-data application and to support stakeholders to go into an open innovation process.

- Face to face discussion with partner’s networks to upstream needs

- Participation in external events with a FabSpace booth, a speech to present the project, make demonstration etc.

- A dedicated page on the FabSpace Website and an open innovation platform (web-based) to inform.

- Organize ‘conference’ or ‘workshop’ in the FabSpace

2-Make the expressed needs usable, means the FabSpace team will translate (or to help the stakeholder to translate) the expressed needs in a challenge usable by students. Translate doesn’t mean only translate for a foreign language to the English language but mainly help the stakeholder to express precisely the problem and the needs. The FabSpace manager will verify if the challenge seems feasible. At this stage, the behavior of the IP of the solution provided at the end by the FabSpace will be clarified with the stakeholder. The legislation is different in each country but the FabSpace teams are careful about the students’ rights not to be spoiled. If the challenge is judged eligible, then it can be proposed to local FabSpace participants but also to other FabSpace (except in the case of refusal of the stakeholders).

3-Answer to the challenges is depending on the challenge’s topic and format (time to solve estimated, the level of complexity…) which can be proposed during the universities education courses, or during dedicated events or in a constantly updated offer in the FabSpace. The stakeholders are encouraged to actively participate in the resolution of the challenge, for example with an initial presentation, follow-up on the working teams, participation in events etc.

4-And after, importantly we will keep the contact with the stakeholder after the end of the challenges. This will be a key point to have a FabSpace community at all. Moreover, the FabSpace manager will keep track of the challenges, the discussions about the challenge and solutions proposed.

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