The LBG OIS Center team is interdisciplinary, diverse and international. It is led by Patrick Lehner (Director OIS Center) and Marion Poetz (Scientific Director) in a distributed leadership approach. Team members have a variety of scientific backgrounds and professional experiences.

Susanne Beck

Senior Researcher

Susanne Beck is a post-doc researcher at the LBG OIS Center at Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). She has received her PhD in economics from Zeppelin University in Germany and has been a visiting scholar at the Lancaster University Management School’s Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Innovation. During her PhD, Susanne developed and lectured several different international courses in the area of Scientific Research Methods, Consumer Behavior, and Family Business Research on bachelor, master, and executive education level. Her research has been published in international peer-reviewed management and marketing journals such as European Management Journal, R&D Management, International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management and Family Business Review and her work was awarded with the Best Paper Award from the European Academy of Management. Her current research aims to contributing to the understanding of creating and capturing value from (open) scientific knowledge creation and dissemination. In particular, she is investigating individual, organizational and ecosystem-level antecedents, contingencies, and consequences of applying open innovation principles and methods in the context of science.

Robin brehm

Research Assistant

Robin Brehm is a research assistant at the LBG OIS Center. He received his M.A. degree in Development Studies at the University of Passau, Germany, specializing in cultural and economic development with a regional focus on East Asia. His studies and working experience in journalism, intelligence and cultural exchange sparked a particular interest in the inclusion of the public in professional research as well as Open Source practices for science and journalism.

Chiara Cardelli

Science Communicator and Community Manager

Chiara Cardelli is the science communicator and community manager at the LBG OIS Center, where she focuses on connecting the institute with the research community, the general public and other stakeholders. After receiving her PhD in Physics at the University of Vienna in 2018, she worked as the science communicator and event manager of the research institute IQOQI-Vienna (Austrian Academy of Sciences). She also worked in scientific education and communication projects in the non-profit environment, where she got passionate about the role of Citizen Science and Open Science practices for sustainable development.


Research Assistant

Agnes Effert is a Research Assistant at the LBG OIS Center. She received her Master’s in Psychology from the University of Vienna with specialization in organizational, economic and social psychology. Prior to joining the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, she gained research experience at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Austrian Institute of Technology. Her interests include the microfoundations and psychological mechanisms of open and collaborative behavior in the context of science, decision making as well as empirical research methods. 

Christiane Grill

Lead Priority Setting

Christiane Grill is a project manager at the LBG OIS Center particularly engaged in research priority setting. She has a background in political and communication science. Before joining the LBG OIS Center, Christiane was a researcher at the Political Science Department at the University of Mannheim (Germany) focusing on deliberative communication and deliberative democracy. She obtained her PhD in Communication Science at the University of Vienna (Austria) where she - among others - researched on political offline and online communication and election campaigns with a special focus on computational methods.

Raphaela Kaisler

Lead Public and Patient Involvement in Research

Raphaela Kaisler is a psychologist with a multidisciplinary background in molecular biology and science communication. As a scientist, she worked in basic research in the field of cancer research, neuroscience and social psychology before she focused on project management in research organisations. Before joining the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, she gained work experience as project manager at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (research service) and the interdisciplinary Cognitive Research Platform at the University of Vienna. Additional training in the psychosocial field and work with children and adolescents form the basis for her interface function at the Ludwig Boltzmann Society. As a Research Group and Relationship Manager, she supports the Research Groups on Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in establishing a partner network and bridging science and society in research processes. The focus is on engaging the public, experts-by-experience in the field of mental health and other key stakeholders in research activities. The research program "Mental Health" is the continuation of the CRIS I project and aims to promote mental health of children and adolescents using open innovation methods to generate societal relevant impact by engaging with patients and family members in research. 

Patrick Lehner

Director Implementation, OIS Center

Patrick Lehner, together with the scientific director, heads the Open Innovation in Science Centers of the Ludwig Boltzmann Society (LBG OIS Center). Patrick has been with the Ludwig Boltzmann Society since 2016, most recently as Head of Impact and Knowledge Exchange. Prior to that, he was Director of Administration at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he was responsible for the administration of the institutes and for several years headed the research service of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. As an innovation expert, he studied economics at the University of Vienna and the University of California Santa Cruz and researched innovation systems.

Thomas palfinger

Program Manager

Thomas Palfinger is program manager for the PPIE program at the LBG OIS Center. He has a background in political science and is particularly interested in the role of technical, social, and methodological dimensions to enable cooperation in science. As a PPIE program manager he supports activities which plan to engage the public, experts-by-experience, and other stakeholders in research activities, helping to elaborate ways to cooperate. He is also interested to learn about ongoing involvement activities and happy to exchange about issues, learnings, and potentials in this regard.

Marion Poetz

Scientific Director

Marion Poetz is Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI) at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Scientific Director of the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center (OIS Center). She gained her PhD from WU Vienna and has been a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management, Bocconi University and ETH Zurich. Inspired by phenomena linked to open innovation, crowdsourcing and similar topics, her research focuses on antecedents, processes, consequences and contingencies of open and collaborative research and innovation processes. As a principle investigator in several large-scale research projects, she currently manages research groups around these topics in Denmark and Austria. Marion’s work has been published in leading international journals such as Management Science or Harvard Business Review, featured in various media such as Forbes or Inc. Magazine and received numerous awards such as the 2019 Informs TIME Best Paper Award. Marion has been an academic advisor and consultant to organizations from various industries including national and international firms and policy-making institutions. She has co-founded several institutions such as the Danish Crowdsourcing Lab or the Institute for Innovation Capability Building and engages as director, coordinator and teacher in several educational programs in the fields of strategy and innovation. Marion has also been involved in developing the Open Innovation in Science (OIS) Initiative of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) and created the Lab for Open Innovation in Science (LOIS). She is affiliated with the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID), the Academy of Management (AOM) and is a member of the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Laura Soyer

Project Manager

Laura Soyer is a Project Manager at the OIS Center. She received her undergraduate degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in the fields of law and social anthropology. After fieldwork and study experience in West Africa and Turkey she returned to Vienna and finished her postgraduate education at the University of Vienna, specializing in migration and citizenship studies. Before joining the LBG OIS team, Laura worked as a project manager and volunteer coordinator in the areas of social innovation, citizen science and social work.

Julia Süss-Reyes

Post-doc Researcher

Julia Süss-Reyes is a post-doc researcher at the LBG OIS Center at Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). She holds a doctoral degree in social and economic science from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. During her doctoral program, Julia developed and lectured several international courses in the area of Scientific Methods, Family Business Management, Strategy and Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship at WU Vienna and FHWien University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication. Her research has been published in leading international journals, including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Journal of Business Economics and Journal of Rural Studies. Julia has received several awards for her work, e.g. the Heinrich Stremitzer-Prize for outstanding research and the Best Reviewer Award from the International Family Enterprise Research Academy. Her current research focuses on contributing to the understanding of antecedents, contingencies, and consequences of applying open innovation principles in science. 

Magdalena wailzer

Project Manager

Magdalena Wailzer is a project manager and particularly interested in societal impact of research. She received both her Bachelor’s and her Master‘s degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business and spent time abroad in the US, Belgium, Spain and India. Her thesis within the Master program „Strategy, Innovation and Management Control“ investigated performance and impact measurement in Austrian social enterprises. Before joining the LBG OIS team, Magdalena held jobs in several different industries, the latest at TU Wien.

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