LBG Open Innovation in Science Centre: winnovation as strategic partner

AUTHOR: Brigitte  Ömer-Rieder

Open Innovation in Science means opening up the scientific work process by involving unconventional innovation actors like civil society, users or crowds. This open way of working which is based on an intensive exchange between heterogeneous groups shows great potential. The ideas from outside will not only benefit science itself, but will better connect science and civil society, and will, hence, provide practical applicability of findings in science for the wider society, something that proves to be very challenging for scientists even more today.

How does Open Innovation in Science work exactly? How can the Open Innovation principles be integrated in the scientific process? Which methods are most effective at which stage of the research processes? How do you increase the impact and novelty of research? The newly founded “Open Innovation in Science Research and Competence Center” (OIS Center) of the Ludwig-Boltzmann-Gesellschaft (LBG), a completely unique institute in Europe, will deal with these questions. The responsibilities of the Centre include research on Open Innovation in Science as well as the development of new methods, trainings and services for science and society. On October 11th, the two directors, Dr. Lucia Malfent (Ludwig-Boltzmann-Gesellschaft, operative management) and Prof. Dr. Marion Poetz (Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics, Copenhagen Business School, scientific management) were presented.

left to right: Dr. Lucia Malfent andProf. Dr. Marion Poetz are the heads of the new OIS Center (© LBG/APA-Photoservice/Roßboth)

winnovation, leveraging its vast practical Open Innovation know-how from previous projects, will support the work of the OIS Center as a strategic partner and thus continue its successful collaboration with the Ludwig Boltzmann Society, building on the experience from two pilot projects, namely “Crowdsourcing Research Questions in Science” (in short: CRIS ) and “Lab for Open Innovation in Science“(in short: LOIS). These two projects have clearly demonstrated the enormous potential of Open Innovation for Science.

Open Innovation is now widely spread and known in the business world and in companies, but hardly left any footmark in science. The new OIS Centre will be pioneering the search and knowledge process on how to improve the quality of research services using Open Innovation principles and methods.