We also offer capability building and other support services to involve civil society in your research and unfold its societal impact. Contact us for more info!

Training programs to build capacity for collaborative innovation processes

The EU Horizon 2020 research project „RiConfigure“ investigated what makes collaborative innovation processes between the public sector, industry, academia and civil society successful. Via several social experiments, comparative analysis and dialogue events with innovation practitioners and policy makers, factors that facilitate and hinder collaborative innovations across these four sectors were identified.

Together with the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society of the University Pompeu Fabra (CSS-UPF, Spain), the LBG OIS Center designed and developed three training programs based on the findings: an Open Online Course („Inviting civil society on stage“), a workshop („How to kick-start a collaboration“) and an intensive course („Tackling grand challenges with collaborative action“).



The courses address actors, managers and representatives of the four sectors who are interested or involved in collaborative innovation processes. They provide tools, methodologies and strategic guidelines to support the design, implementation and evaluation of collaborative innovation across the four sectors. Moreover, the courses provide a platform for networking and creating alliances with people and institutions with a shared interest towards a particular societal issue or grand challenge. The content of the programmes differs in depth and perspective, but all focus on the transversal aspects of QHCs and provide a variety of examples and cases gathered in RiConfigure. The courses follow participatory learning approaches and couple training situations with real-life practical cases to activate the full range of experience, knowledge and capacities.

Course materials

All course materials and instructions for trainers are openly available and licensed under CC-BY-4.0, please see the links below. If you have any questions, contact us.

All materials are available for download here

Patient & public involvement and engagement webinars

Patient & public involvement and engagement (PPIE) pilot call (DE)

In the webinar, we presented the goals of the PPIE call (see our funding opportunities here), the supported modes of participation of citizens and patients in research, the funding criteria and our online submission platform. It was possible to ask questions about the programme after the lecture. This webinar was held in German.


Webinar 2: Involving people in DNA research (EN)

Jack Nunn, La Trobe University Australia, reports his experiences with participatory practices in genetic research and answers questions about participation formats in the natural sciences. This webinar was held in English.


Webinar 3: Citizen participation in social science research: sharing experiences (EN)

Liz Richardson, Professor in Public Administration at the University of Manchester, presents experiences from her own research with citizen participation in the social sciences. Her research interests focus on public policy and citizen participation, as well as participatory research methods. Liz works in trans-disciplinary ways whenever possible, with partners outside academia, including public and voluntary sector organisations, civil society groups and citizens. This webinar was held in English.


PPIE Webinar „Impact Evaluation of PPIE“

Anna Cigarini, University of Barcelona, presents the possibilities to evaluate the impact of PPIE Projects and the resulting opportunities to learn from the experiences and to demonstrate the added value of your projects.


PPIE Webinar „Communication and conflict resolution in transdisciplinary teams“

Wiebke Hoffmann, Program manager/ Community & Open Innovation at innOsci, provides basic knowledge about different communication styles and on how to reflect on our own communication in order to communicate more consciously and effectively in interdisciplinary processes.


Webinar „How to achieve societal impact with my project“

Impact, and especially societal impact, is a concept which is increasingly gaining traction. It is about making sustainable changes to address societal needs. But how can we achieve this and what is important to consider, notably in transdisciplinary settings? This webinar our Mathieu Mahve-Beydokhti introduces what societal impact can look like and presents the tools and services the Open Innovation in Science Center offers to plan, monitor and assess the impact of your project.


Webinar „Research Ethics in PPIE and Participatory Research“

This webinar provides an introduction to research ethics in participatory, co-created and PPIE (Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement) research, examines current Austrian and international research ethics practice and its tools and methods and uses examples from real-life research projects to illustrate some of the specific ethical challenges and opportunities in this field.

LOIS – Lab of Open Innovation in Science

In the Lab of Open Innovation in Science (LOIS), scientists learnt about principles and methods of Open Innovation along the entire scientific research process, from generating research questions to eventually translating scientific knowledge into innovation.


In this video, Marion Poetz introduces Open Innovation in Science and Andrea Olschewski, Vice-President for Medicine at Johannes Kepler University Linz, shares her experience. In a fireside chat challenges and opportunities of applying Open Innovation principles and methods in scientific research processes are discussed.


Kick-off event

Eva Guinan (Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiation Oncology, shows impressive methods how to implement open innovation in science. Title of the keynote: „Open Innovation in early stages: The role and value of crowdsourcing.“

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Support and contacts

Do you have questions or comments about our resources, or are you looking for support on how to implement involvement activities and OIS practices in your research? Contact us or have a look at our support services.

In particular, you can contact Thomas Palfinger for questions on public and patient involvement in research and Laura Soyer for quadruple helix collaborations.