About us

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

    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.

  • Political framework

    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.

A glimpse at our work: Flyer link pdf (637.1 KB)

“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.”

Commissioner Carlos Moedas, 2015.

“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.”

Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Barner, President of Stifterverband


Anna Held

Programme Manager / Open Data Impact Award

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Wiebke Hoffmann

Programme Manager / Community & Open Innovation

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Dr. Judith Mühlenhoff

Programme Manager / Open Science & Innovation

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Anastasia Polyakova

Programme Assistant / Open Science & Innovation

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Lisa-Maria Renkewitz

Working Student


Anahita Safarnejad

Working Student

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Johanna Schwan

Programme Manager / Community & Open Science


Policy Circle

High-ranking experts in the field of Open Innovation and Open Science, who guide us in the right direction.

Members A-Z

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Barner
    President, Stifterverband
  • Catherina van Delden
    Managing director and founder, innosabi GmbH
  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle
    Holder of the Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Potsdam
  • Nele Kapretz
    Co-Founder and Managing Director, Impact Hub Belin / Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Kuhlmann
    Director, Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS) University of Twente
  • Dr. Monika Lessl
    Head of the Bayer Science Foundation, Bayer
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ina Schieferdecker
    Head of Research for Digitization and Innovation, BMBF
  • MinDirig. Stefan Schnorr
    Head of Department Digital & Innovation Policy, BMWi
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Vogel
    General 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.

Members A-Z

  • Dr. Luiza Bengtsson
    Public Engagement & Knowledge Exchange Officer, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
  • Dr. Evgeny Bobrov
    Speaker Open Data and Research Data Management, Berlin Institute for Health Research
  • Prof. Dr. Ellen Euler
    Professorship for Open Access / Open Data, Library Science, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Benedikt Fecher
    Program Manager: Knowledge Dimension, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society gGmbH
  • Lambert Heller
    Head of Open Science Lab, Technical Information Library and University Library Hannover
  • Dr. Pascal Hetze
    Program Manager for Analysis and Innovation Policy, Stifterverband
  • Dr. Jana Hoffmann
    Head of the Research Unit Digital World and Information Science, Museum of Natural History Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research
  • Dr. Peter Kraker
    Founder & Chairman Open Knowledge Maps
  • Dr. Guido Scherp
    Head of Open Science Transfer, Coordinator Leibniz Research Network Open Science, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
  • Dr. Dominik Scholl
    Head of Education, Science & Culture, Wikimedia Germany e. V.
  • Dr. Andreas Sorge
    Division 112 - Fundamental Issues of Digitization, Strategies for the Knowledge Society; Coordination, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Dr. Theresa Velden
    Head of Junior Research Group Specialized Forms of Open Science, German Center for Research on Higher Education and Science