The University implements a strategy of valorisation and transfer of research results towards the society. In this framework, the ULB-KTO supports researchers in human and social sciences and cross-disciplinary fields in the valorisation of their research results, in particular by giving visibility to the societal innovation tools and services developed within the University. Alongside other initiatives for societal valorisation, these tools and services are made available to ensure their transfer to socio-economic actors (public institutions, non-profit associations, companies in the commercial and non-commercial sectors, spin-offs, the general public, etc.).

This page provides a non-exhaustive list of tools and services emerged from the research results of the ULB and will regularly updated with additional tools and services. The conditions of use vary from case to case and are detailed under each item. 

See below the available tools and services for societal innovation :

Participatory workshops on "How to recognise a reliable expert" and "Science and pseudoscience" 

Description: The workshops "How to recognise a reliable expert" and "Science and pseudoscience" enable students to understand what makes scientific knowledge reliable and well-founded. These 2 x 50-minute sessions – developed as part of the Innoviris project "Epistemology at the service of scientific culture" ("Doubt my Sciences") – are available free of charge to interested secondary schools.

Conditions for participation: These sessions are aimed at 5th and/or 6th year students and can, for example, be integrated into a philosophy and citizenship course in the official education system or a science course. To organise a workshop in your school (free of charge), please contact the project coordinator Milena Sztencel:

With the support of Innoviris.  

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Methodology guide "Citizen participation in the evaluation of safety and prevention projects. Guidelines for professional and political players"

Description : This publication provides general and methodical guidelines for citizen participation in the evaluation of safety and prevention projects. The research team comprised the Centre de recherches Pénalité, sécurité & déviances-ULB and the Institut National de Criminalistique et de Criminologie. The team was sponsored by the non-profit association Bravvo (the prevention service of the City of Brussels).

Terms of use : standard copyright. You must request permission from the authors to use this guide, cite the authors when using it and avoid modifying it without prior authorisation from the authors.

With the support of Innoviris.

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There are still a few printed copies left. If you would like one, please contact Valérie Caprasse (

"Wood in Molenbeek" Guidelines, to recycle recovered wood 

Description : The WIM project (Wood in Molenbeek - Innoviris Co-Creation 2017-2020) has developed instruction sheets for manufacturing objects from recovered wood (lamp bases, stool boxes and patchwork panels), as well as guidelines for recovering waste wood materials. A policy brief and a meta-analysis of a participation-action research project have also been published.

Terms of use : These tools are protected by the Creative Commons CC BY-SA licence (FR or NL). They are meant to be consulted, reused and adapted. It is therefore possible to modify the tools to fit the different purposes for which they may be used.

With the support of Innoviris.  

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"Débagora" educational toolkit, to create a framework for democratic debate

Description : The "Débagora" educational tool offers activities and benchmarks for political education and debate. The toolkit was developed as part of an Innoviris project, Jeunes & Enjeux politiques (J&EP), involving the ULB (Cevipol), the UCLouvain (Girsef), the VUB (Poli) and non-academic actors (Jeune et Citoyen, Infor Jeunes Bruxelles, the Ligue des Droits Humains and the BELvue museum).

Terms of use : standard copyright. Apart from the exceptions detailed on the website of the FPS Economy (teaching, research, libraries, private use, reprogaphy, information, etc.), it is recommended to request authorisation from the authors to use the toolkit, to cite the authors when using it and to avoid modifying the toolkit without prior authorisation from the authors.

With the support of Innoviris.  

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MA/PA, the machine for generating participatory processes

Description : MA/PA is a free, open source brainstorming tool that can be used at various stages of a project, individually or in groups, online or on paper, to generate participatory processes for a wide range of projects... This tool was developed as part of an Innoviris project, PLAB, involving the ULB (CLARA, LoUIsE, GRAP), the LUCA School of Arts and non-academic actors (MAD Brussels, Intermedia).

Terms of use : Creative Commons licence (CC BY-NC 4.0), detailed conditions via this link.

With the support of Innoviris.  

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SpecXcraft: how to train the capacity to collectively imagine the future (of Brussels)?

Description : The publication from the SpecXcraft project (Speculative crafting for un/common futures) gives an overview of some of the narratives crafted by associations working for different causes in Brussels, while also outlining some of the project's theoretical foundations and offering a first analysis of its results. It offers a source of inspiration to enable both researchers and civic actors in Brussels to break out of the mainstream imaginary centred on the free market, growth and technosolutionism, and to imagine different futures and take more situated and collective paths.

The research was carried out by Centre vidéo de Bruxelles, Constant, LUCA School of Arts, Natagora and ULB (La Cambre-Horta Faculty of Architecture: LoUIsE research laboratory).

Terms of use : The texts and images used in this publication are licensed under CC4r (Collective Conditions for Re-Use) 1.0, detailed conditions via this link. You may copy, distribute and modify them under the terms of the CC4r licence. Other documents are protected by the copyright of their respective authors.

With the support of Innoviris (Co-Create Programme).  

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Updated on May 6, 2024