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Study (in German)

Openness in international science and innovation policy

What can Germany learn from international science and innovation policy when it comes to promoting openness? This question is answered by innOsci’s new study. It analyzes the various instruments for promoting openness as well as current developments and pioneering countries. The analysis, prepared by the innovation consultancy winnovation, was based on 88 examples from 27 countries. Of these, 15 best practices show that progressive policies think Open Science and Open Innovation bigger and strengthen a shared ecosystem of science and innovation.

To get a printed version of the study, please contact Judith Mühlenhoff.


Generation O – scaling Open Practices in Higher Education: How can we help «open-pioneers», «-innovators», and «-activists» change the Higher Education System?

The innOsci FutureLab Program by Stifterverband works with multidisciplinary teams and utilizes innovation methods to develop solutions for the most pressings challenges in Education, Science and Innovation. In the presentation I will discuss best practices and approaches for designing strategies, support structures, and processes for implementing and scaling open practices in Higher Education and strengthening Generation O (open-pioneers, -innovators, and -activist). I will introduce innovation methodologies such as personas, empathy maps, cover stories, and prototypes and show ways how they could be utilized for systemic change. Finally, I will reflect on ways how open practices can be strengthened to become a powerful tool to make research and science more accessible in all arenas in society.


The innOsci Training Plan for Open Innovation

How can Open Innovation work in practice? The innOsci training plan for Open Innovation helps to make organizations fit for Open Innovation.
The poster is the result of a dialog in the context of our innOpeers program with corporate practitioners and innovation researchers on success factors and obstacles in the implementation of open innovation.

Policy Paper (in German)

Daring more openness

The recommendations presented in the paper show how policy can strengthen the application of Open Innovation methods in companies. They are the result of a dialogue conducted by the Stifterverband as part of our innOpeers program with corporate practitioners and innovation researchers on success factors and barriers to the implementation of Open Innovation.

Discussion Paper (In German)

Open Science and Innovation

The number of researchers has never been as large as it is today. There have never been more scientific publications – with an upward trend. However, many scientific findings remain unnoticed and unused by society. With this paper, the High-Tech Forum emphasizes the opportunities of a strategic opening for the German innovation system.

Podcast (In German)

New im Think & Do-Podcast

The 19th episode of the Stifterverband podcast is dedicated to the topic of Open Data and makes clear why it is so important for science and research. Marte Kessler from innOsci, the forum for Open Innovation Culture, sheds light on the background. This year, the Stifterverband presented the Open Data Impact Award for the first time. In an interview with Lukas Grasberger, award winner Michael Schmitt explains his research and how the award helps him in his research.

Podcast-Episode on Podigee

Insights (in German)

Results from the innOsci Future Lab

Creating added value for society with Open Science: A poster shows the first results from the innOsci Future Lab 2020 and presents needs for action and four options for action from the perspective of Open Innovators and users.

Discussion Paper (In German)

Open and collaborative — do we need to rethink innovation?

Reflections from the roundtable discussion at the Mission M Congress for young doers in small and medium-sized businesses, November 2020

Discussion Paper (In German)

Transformation Map to a new, open Mindset or What do Mucki-Buden have to do with organizational development?

We live in a VUCA world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. The digital transformation accelerates innovation cycles and changes innovation processes. Platform economies, networks, and innovation ecosystems are gaining in importance. New fields of innovation such as connected mobility, sustainable energy supply and digital health are closely linked to global challenges and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and require radically new radically new solutions. We need a 360-degree perspective in order to respond to VUCA and transformation processes, to master challenges, and to develop sustainable and develop meaningful solutions. A strategic opening of organizations that explicitly enables the exchange of knowledge and collaborative innovation, and thus a 360-degree perspective, can help. However, old structures often stand in the way of new meaning. A mindset shift is necessary. But, how can the change succeed?

Discussion Paper (In German)

Review of the expert discussion “Data Literacy – What is needed for a data culture of tomorrow?

Against the backdrop of the current process to develop a data strategy for the German federal government, the Stifterverband invited participants to an expert discussion entitled “Data Literacy – What is needed for a data culture of tomorrow?” on September 2, 2020. Participants included external representatives from the fields of politics, science, business and civil society, as well as experts from the Stifterverband’s “Data Literacy Education” funding program.

Discussion Paper

From Open Science to Accessible Science

Together with Philipp Schrögel, the discussion paper “From Open Science to Accessible Science” was developed as part of the Wikimedia Fellowship Free Knowledge, as a stimulus and basis for discussion for Open Science actors & pioneers on the topic of diversity and inclusion in the sciences. The paper has been published since July 2020.


Open Science and Open Innovation

The study “Open Science and Open Innovation: New Indicators for the Analysis of the Science and Innovation System in the Digital Age”, published in September 2019, examines new requirements for research and innovation monitoring arising from innovative forms of cooperation with business and society and how Open Science activities can be collected and evaluated.


Open for innovation: why engaged firms are more creative

Under the title “Open for Innovation: Why engaged firms are more creative,” ZiviZ at the Stifterverband, together with Boehringer Ingelheim and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, investigated how corporate citizenship has a positive impact on innovation. The study was published in March 2019.


What do we gain from Open Science and Open Innovation?

As part of the initiative for Open Science and Innovation that preceded the founding of innOsci at the Stifterverband, the study “What do we gain from Open Science and Open Innovation?” has been produced. It provides an overview of the potentials of strategic openness, creates a new integrating framework for the diverse concepts of openness, and gives indications for appropriate political action.


What are the benefits of opening up science and innovation?

Based on the discussions and interviews with experts, the Stifterverband has prepared a discussion paper outlining the most important observations and developments.