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Magdalena Wailzer


Magdalena supports researchers in aligning their transdisciplinary and participatory research projects with societal goals and impact. She enjoys connecting diverse groups at eye-level and guiding them to work towards real and achievable societal change. Magdalena’s background is in Strategy and Innovation, where she focused on social innovation. Her Master thesis looked into 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. 

OIS expertise

  • Impact

    Magdalena is responsible for all support related to the planning, monitoring, reflection and communication of the societal impact of OIS research projects. She provides consultation and advice to research teams, develops resources and materials that support the societal impact alignment of research projects and holds trainings to foster relevant skills for the sustainable integration of impact in research. Magdalena particularly focuses on facilitating a co-creative and participatory development, implementation and reflection of research impact strategies. 

  • Capability building

    Magdalena co-managed the capability building program SCIENCE4YOUTH for young people interested in OIS. In addition, she co-developed training content and material for actors who navigate collaborative projects across the four sectors academia, industry and business, public sector and civil society within the European Horizon 2020 project RiConfigure. 

Relevant (work) experience

seit Jan 2020

Impact Lead, OIS Center, LBG

Jan – Dec 2020

InnoSci Future Lab Fellowship for Open Science Practices

Jan 2018 – Jan 2020

Project Manager, OIS Center, LBG

Jan 2017 – Jan 2018

Program Manager, TU Wien

Relevant resources

Impact Tools

In addition to a detailed literature overview providing insight into the field, different materials and resources support research teams to plan and reflect on the societal impact of their research. The OIS Impact Model and Reflection Instruments, meanwhile, help plan and assess the societal impact of specific OIS activities in a research project. The Impact and Engagement Study Template enables a narrative demonstration of how impact unfolds in a research project through different reflection questions.