The Open Science Hub Network (OSHub.Network), a consortium of nine partners across Europe, engages schools and local stakeholders in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) research and innovation, as a tool for tackling local relevant challenges and contributing to sustainable community development.
More specifically, the OSHub.Network is establishing a European network of community hubs - OSHubs, in communities that traditionally do not engage with research and innovation due to various barriers, geographical location, socio-economic status, or ethnic minority group background.
The OSHub.Network is developing a common methodological framework, grounded in open schooling and community-based participatory research practices. Throughout this process OSHubs, schools and local communities identify and analyse local needs and opportunities, in order to address environmental, socio-economic, equity issues and untapped growth potential, through relevant research and innovation projects, led by students and teachers, in collaboration with local stakeholders.
Inspired by the “Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union" approach, developed by Mariana Mazzucato, OSHub.Network is defining a set of Open Schooling Missions, aimed at addressing local relevant challenges linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. These Open Schooling Missions constitute the basis for the creation and development of the open schooling projects, enabling real collaboration across communities.
Local OSHubs work as mediators in each local community, positioning schools as active agents for collaboration between families, universities, research institutes, industry, enterprises, media, local governments, civil society organizations, and wider society, by engaging in real-life projects that meet societal needs.
As such, OSHubs support schools identifying specific needs and implementing the different phases of the Open Schooling process, namely through the co-development and implementation of research and innovation projects and activities, facilitation of continuing professional development programmes for teachers and school leaders, and by assessing which practices work and under what circumstances.
Moreover, OSHubs foster the development and sustaining of local networks and strategies for schools and community stakeholders to exchange their knowledge and experiences, and to collaborate on joint projects at different levels, both at the national and European levels.
To encourage usage and maximise impact in Europe and beyond, all resources, products and solutions developed by the OSHub.Network are fully based on Open Standards, such as open education, open science, open technology, open science, open software, open hardware, open architecture. To ensure the legacy and reach of the project amongst all OSHubs, their partners and the communities they serve, all OSHub.Network resources and best-practices will be shared in a dedicated section of this website - OSHub Blueprint - and on existing large online educational repositories, and relevant national networks and repositories.
To ensure diversity, inclusion and sustainability, in each OSHub location, there is a local management board - OSHubMB - with representatives from local stakeholder groups – schools (including students), families, research institutes and universities, enterprises, industry, media, local governments, civil society organizations and wider society – which is involved in all key processes and decisions regarding local OSHub programmes and initiatives. OSHubs are developing a legacy and sustainability plan, and will work closely with local governments, to ensure that each local OSHub has the tools and resources to continue beyond the lifetime of the project, and that the Open Schooling approach is incorporated in the school vision and organizational structure.
By the end of the project, it is expected that the OSHub network will have impacted 25 000 students, 1 250 teachers and 4 000 members of the community, through involvement in more than 150 school-university-industry-civil society partnerships in open schooling projects and activities.
In the long-run, we envision OSHubs as education brokers in their local communities, supporting local school networks to incorporate Open Schooling in their vision and organizational structure, leading to sustainable quality of education. Most particularly, OSHubs will facilitate the bridge between the needs and realities of schools and their local context and resources, as well as brokering for implementing national/regional policies, passing along signals from schools when policies are failing and advocating for context-sensitive policies.
Are you a student, teacher, school head,
and you would like your school to be part of the OSHub Network,
contributing to the development, innovation and well-being of your community?
and you would like to join your local OSHub and help co-creating
this project with your local community?
research institute, industry, media,
and you would like to join us in this venture to co-develop school-led
projects to tackle local relevant challenges?
and you would like to work together with us to co-create a strategy
to support schools to become agents of transformation in your community?
Please send an email to
Project Manager OSHub.Network, Leiden University