ınnOscı is the Forum for Open Innovation Culture founded in 2019 and is organized by the Stifterverband with the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It supports the mission “New Sources for New Knowledge” of the High-Tech Strategy of the Federal Government and is part of its new Data Strategy.
ınnOscı sees itself as a platform and think tank.
We bring actors from science and industry together, as well as civil society and politics, to develop instruments and solutions for the joint design of innovations and societal transformation. In this way, we aim to understand overarching factors and cause-effect relationships, and to derive recommendations for the systemic encounter with challenges facing society as a whole.
ınnOscı sees itself as a platform and think tank to promote the joint design of innovations across sectors and disciplines - understood as applied ideas and solutions for challenges facing society as a whole.
ınnOscı contributes to this by building an integrated community of practice from different sectors in order to use it to create and apply tools for a Strategic Opening of Research and Innovation and to develop overarching recommendations for action for the sectors.
ınnOscı addresses actors from science and industry, as well as civil society and politics, and brings them together.
Our vision is that the actors together create an open ecosystem and develop new insights and innovations for society.
Our understanding of openness
With openness, it is important to weigh up: Where and when should there be openness? Who should participate? What is shared, when and how? How is the process organized? We call this consideration strategic openness. Of course, this also means that not everything is always and constantly disclosed. There are good reasons not to make ideas, processes and data accessible.
For us, openness in research and innovation includes a culture of collaboration, strategic planning (Strategic Openness), and concrete Open Practices.
Open Practices are lived along the research and innovation process and are manifested in concepts such as Open Data, Open Access or Co-Creation. They are based on different tools and methods and require specific skills and abilities for implementation (Future Skills for Openness).
Our vision is that the actors create an open ecosystem and develop new insights, sustainable solutions and innovations for society together.
Our new value proposition for the community:
Open Innovation and Open Science practitioners meet here to share opportunities and challenges, learn from each other, and search for solutions together so that they can live a culture of openness and bring it to the world.
Our action fields
Individual and competence development
It is often individuals who demand change and drive innovation with high intrinsic motivation. They follow a vision, influence discourses, overcome resistance and develop new standards. This is also the case with openness. However, there is often still a lack of appropriate skills and capabilities to bring Open Practices into widespread use and, accordingly, targeted support services are needed.
In this field of action, ınnOscı places a special focus on Future Skills for Openness, which are relevant for both science and business.
Process and method development
Our global challenges are complex. They can neither be understood nor solved if they are not viewed from different perspectives and the system is not comprehend as a whole. In order to solve socially relevant issues, for example in the areas of mobility, energy, climate or health, and to open up new fields of innovation, multi-stakeholder-processes, which is organized across sectors and disciplines, are needed accordingly. The ways and methods for this are diverse, so it requires a testing of different approaches in a protected space.
In this field of action, ınnOscı focuses in particular on multi-stakeholder processes between the business and science sectors.
Organizational development, strategy and governance
Organizations need to clarify what additional value they expect for their own profile and mission by opening up processes and practices, and what forms of collaboration are appropriate. In order to support organizational change, incentive structures and implementation stimuli are needed.
In this context, it is important to clarify the above-mentioned strategic questions and to focus on forms of cooperation with non-academic partners, to learn from each other and to use new instruments.
Strategic Openness takes into account and explores opportunities and potentials along with boundaries and safe spaces, and provides moderators and intermediaries as well as (learning) networks. This requires impulses from science and practice, a reflection of necessary framework conditions and solution proposals for more openness on the systemic level.
In this field of action, ınnOscı moderates a dialog platform for the different sectors, participates in discussions, and, as a think tank, conducts analyses and formulates recommendations for policy action.
“The days of keeping our research results to ourselves are over. There is far more to gain from sharing data and letting others access and analyse that data.”
“Today, just as 100 years ago, the following applies: industry and society can only flourish if they participate in scientific research and benefit from new methods, formats and results of research. This requires a dialogue between industry, science, civil society and politics more than ever. In the Stifterverband, we can jointly address and discuss fundamental questions about societal challenges, business developments and conducive framework conditions. This pooling of perspectives remains an important pillar of the Stifterverband’s future work.”
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High-ranking experts in the field of Open Innovation and Open Science, who guide us in the right direction.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas BarnerPresident, Stifterverband
Catherina van DeldenManaging director and founder, innosabi GmbH
Prof. Dr. Katharina HölzleHolder of the Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Potsdam
Nele KapretzCo-Founder and Managing Director, Impact Hub Belin / Germany
Prof. Dr. Stefan KuhlmannDirector, Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS) University of Twente
Dr. Monika LesslHead of the Bayer Science Foundation, Bayer
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ina SchieferdeckerHead of Research for Digitization and Innovation, BMBF
MinDirig. Stefan SchnorrHead of Department Digital & Innovation Policy, BMWi
Prof. Dr. Johannes VogelGeneral Director, Museum of Natural History Berlin
Open Science Advisory und Sounding Board
Knowledgeable practitioners from the field of Open Science, who are available to advise us.
Dr. Luiza BengtssonPublic Engagement & Knowledge Exchange Officer, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Dr. Evgeny BobrovSpeaker Open Data and Research Data Management, Berlin Institute for Health Research
Prof. Dr. Ellen EulerProfessorship for Open Access / Open Data, Library Science, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
Dr. Benedikt FecherProgram Manager: Knowledge Dimension, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society gGmbH
Lambert HellerHead of Open Science Lab, Technical Information Library and University Library Hannover
Dr. Pascal HetzeProgram Manager for Analysis and Innovation Policy, Stifterverband
Dr. Jana HoffmannHead of the Research Unit Digital World and Information Science, Museum of Natural History Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research
Dr. Peter KrakerFounder & Chairman Open Knowledge Maps
Dr. Guido ScherpHead of Open Science Transfer, Coordinator Leibniz Research Network Open Science, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
Dr. Dominik SchollHead of Education, Science & Culture, Wikimedia Germany e. V.
Dr. Andreas SorgeDivision 112 - Fundamental Issues of Digitization, Strategies for the Knowledge Society; Coordination, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Dr. Theresa VeldenHead of Junior Research Group Specialized Forms of Open Science, German Center for Research on Higher Education and Science