Research studios are organised to collaborate with students. They sidestep more traditional educational programs, as students take the role of co-researchers. So, different from teaching workshops, research studios are organised workplaces where students have to apply for. This allows for opening up and attracting students from different backgrounds and levels at the same time and generates a various and diverse group, from fine arts to architecture and design. To ensure the approach of the research studio as workplace and not as teaching environment is maintained, a maximum of four participants is allowed. Via interviews and portfolios, the most suitable students are selected and are offered an internship contract. This officialisation with a contract, the small groups, the openness and the shared responsibility allows to generate a motivated and engaged setting for weekly discussion and debate.
In total four research studios are a part of this project, until the launch of the Border Encyclopedia in Dec. 2020. The first studio at Zuyd University dealt with the Euregio Meuse-Rhine border region. Later studios at RWTH Aachen (again the Euregio Meuse-Rhine), Aalto University (Euregio HELTAL) and Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Euregio Rhine-Meuse-North) were organised. In the last three studios interviews and internship contracts are not possible but the number of participants is small and the course is additional to the educational program in order to approach the same working atmosphere and research environment.