Building competence to involve society in research
Through the Impact Labs program, the LBG OIS Center aims to support other Austrian research institutions to create infrastructures and resources to involve societal actors in research, by providing competence training and capacity building and by funding and supporting pilot trans- and interdisciplinary as well as cross-institutional projects. In this way, the OIS Impact Labs build institutional competencies for a successful participation in the EU Framework Programme Horizon Europe.
Another objective is the creation of an active network of researchers who want to contribute to (social) innovation through their research and promote the use of open innovation methods in science. The OIS Impact Labs are set up in the form of targeted strategic partnerships in which Open Innovation methods are implemented, in order to enable an innovation boost for the Austrian research and innovation system.
The framework conditions to pursue these aims are:
At the Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
In these times of multiple crises - economic crisis, ecological crisis, biodiversity crisis and crisis of distribution - the „Action for Sustainable Futures (ASF) hub“ aims to find answers to the pressing question: What could a sustainable transformation of society look like?
The ASF hub works toward this aim by supporting inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations between civil society, science and arts. The ASF Hub funds key projects oriented towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), working on practical solutions with high societal relevance. Citizens play an active part in shaping these projects, which combine scientific and artistic strategies.
At Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Technological progress gives rise to new opportunities for society and exciting questions for science. In order to jointly address these potentials, the OIS Impact Lab „The future we want!“ puts the public and its needs in the spotlight of the discourse on technological future trends. The opinions and challenges of different social groups are involved at the beginning and the core of the scientific debate on the interplay between people and technology. The Lab „The future we want!“ aims to create social and scientific benefits through transdisciplinary and open research and innovation activities on research topics with high societal transformation potential including, for instance, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Data Science and more.
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Contacts of the single impact labs:
Open Innovation in Science Lab „The future we want!“
Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Contact person: Mag.a (FH) Patricia Stark, PMBA – Lab Coordination
patricia.stark (at) jku.at
Open Innovation in Science Lab „Action for Sustainable Future hub”
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Contact person: Dr.in Dorothea Born – Lab Coordination