Lab for Open Innovation in Science (LOIS)

Lab of Open Innovation in Science – Why?

Scientists can learn about and experiment with principles and methods of Open Innovation along the entire scientific research process, from generating research questions to eventually translating scientific knowledge into innovation.

Markus Nordberg

Head of Resources Development CERN, Development and Innovation Unit, Switzerland; LOIS Faculty Member, Switzerland

We are passionate, we want to push ourselves and we want to push the limits of our science — and the currency is knowledge. It is generating it, it is exchanging it, it is debating it in a passionate way. It is improving it — that is the process. The connection between our own science and the fire we have inside to push for that, and the potential links to society — that is what we should probably be thinking about in a new way. I do not believe one size fits all but I do believe – and I am really very passionate about this — that LOIS is the right way.

LOIS participants gain

  • familiarity with state-of-the-art concepts relevant for Open Innovation in Science (OIS)
  • develop an in-depth understanding of how different practices of openness and collaboration impact scientific research and
  • build the competences to assess and develop their own and their organizations’ ability to benefit from applying Open Innovation principles and methods

LOIS provides

  • professional development for scientists, lectures, in-class workshops, experimentation, hands-on-learning and practical implementation
  • globally networked initiative – access to international OIS good practices and networks
  • training that enables scientists to integrate OIS practices into their day-to-day work in a qualified way

LOIS target groups

LOIS addresses researchers and scientists from universities and other research organizations who

  • are interested in learning about, discussing and experimenting with new ways of opening up scientific research processes
  • aim at influencing their work environments toward enabling the application of Open Innovation in Science principles and methods
  • can commit themselves to actively participating in LOIS training and/or practice modules

Alumni Voices

Andrea Olschewski

Professor, Vice Dean, Johannes Kepler University for Medicine, Linz, Austria

I signed up for LOIS hoping to improve my research…but I left with vastly more. The program covered a lot of information delivered in concise chunks that were easy to absorb. Marion and her colleagues have obviously put a lot of thought and expertise into designing LOIS, as the structure was clear, logical and effective. But it wasn’t just about the new knowledge. The main benefits came from doing assignments, receiving individual feedback and interacting with many renowned international experts and the other participants.

Benedikt Salmen

Scientific Coordinator, International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences, Charité

LOIS offered a thorough overview of several aspects of Open Innovation, delivered by a competent and highly committed faculty. The curriculum was carefully designed to give a conceptual overview of the different topics, provide “tools of the trade” to start implementing Open Innovation in Science principles and encourage to broaden and deepen the understanding of it. Apart from the carefully designed curriculum, it was also the intense and inspiring interaction with the fellow participants that proved to be the biggest surprise of the course — it helped to develop a truly interdisciplinary approach towards Open Science and Open Innovation and rekindled the passion to implement it in my professional environment.Looking back I am still surprised how much of the LOIS input is now reflected in my daily work and shaping the planning and design of future projects.

Slaven Stekovic

Researcher, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz / Managing Director, TLL The Longevity Labs GmbH

LOIS offers scientists the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the application of their research and translation of scientific results into social, economic and technological impact while keeping transparency, openness and efficiency in mind. Participants in this unique program manage to improve both their scientific and business skills, while broadening their network and collaborative potential. For me as a young scientist, this differentiator resulted in several interesting opportunities in pursuing my career goals, and it has helped the further development of my ongoing research projects.


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