Open Innovation in Science (OIS)
 Research Conference  2020

CERN IdeaSquare, Geneva

OIS Research Conference Postponed

We were very much looking forward to the OIS Research Conference 2020 in Geneva. Given the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the COVID-19-virus outbreak, however, we have come to the decision to postpone the conference. We are hoping to have the conference either in the fall of this year or the spring of 2021. We thank all the authors who submitted an abstract for their interest in presenting and discussing their work at the OIS Research Conference. We were impressed by the scope and quality of submissions and we look forward to interesting presentations and engaging discussions once the conference can be held. We will reach out with more information as soon as possible.

Thank you very much for your understanding. We hope everyone is well and safe!


Call for Abstracts


The organizing committee of the OIS Research Conference 2020 at CERN IdeaSquare invites you to join the discussion about the role and value of open and collaborative approaches to generating and disseminating scientific research.

Our conference aims at discussing research on OIS, which includes investigating whether, how, and under which conditions applying open and collaborative practices along one or more stages of the scientific research process influences novelty, efficiency and/or impact of scientific research, taking a balanced view that recognizes important contingency factors on the individual, organizational and ecosystem-level.

If you would like to present your research at the conference, please submit an abstract of 250-500 words on your empirical or conceptual work to one of the following tacks:

Track 1: Open and collaborative approaches along the entire scientific research process. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and citizen science
  • open data sharing/re-use, OIS approaches to translating science into practice, science-industry relations, academic entrepreneurship

Track 2: Ecosystems and organizational designs facilitating open and collaborative research approaches. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • institutional factors
  • local and national policies
  • intellectual property and copyright supporting OIS
  • incentive systems for OIS

Track 3: Micro-foundations of open and collaborative research approaches. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • scientists’ motives for engaging in OIS,
  • skills and capabilities for OIS,
  • characteristics and motives of institutional entrepreneurs.


Information regarding the submission and registration will be announced as soon as possible.


Please note that

  • we welcome abstracts on both, early-stage research (research ideas and ongoing projects) and completed projects.
  • participating in the conference either requires getting an abstract accepted for presentation at the OIS Research Conference 2020 or being invited to contribute in an active role as a speaker, discussant, panelists or session facilitator.
  • the paper of the submitted abstract must not have been accepted for journal publication.


Participating in the OIS Conference (including meals and social program) is free; travel and hotel expenses are not included (please see practicalities below).


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Geneva!



The Organizing Committee,

Marion Poetz

Scientific Director & Associate Professor

LBG OIS Center
Copenhagen Business School

Markus Nordberg

Head of Resources Development of the Development and Innovation Unit 

CERN, Switzerland

Henry Sauermann

Associate Professor

European School of Management and Technology Berlin

Christoph Grimpe


Department of Strategy and Innovation, Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Beck

Conference Coordinator & Senior Post-doc

LBG OIS Center
Copenhagen Business School

Saku Mäkinen 


Tampere University



The OIS Research Conference will take place at CERN IdeaSquare in Meyrin, Geneva, Switzerland.

CERN lists several hotels and apartment hotels in close vicinity to the conference venue. Please note that the conference dinner will take place in Geneva's city center.

Further hotel suggestions close to Geneva's city center include (ordered by budget):

* We have reserved a limited number of lower-cost single bedrooms for the participants of the OIS conference (recommended for PhD students). To make use of this option, please contact us via e-mail (


Susanne Beck

Conference Coordinator & Senior Post-doc

LBG OIS Center
Copenhagen Business School

Marion Poetz

Scientific Director & Associate Professor

LBG OIS Center
Copenhagen Business School

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