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MIC-Seminar: Open Innovation in Science


02. Februar 2017
14:00 - 16:00

Pokieser-Seminarraum 7 F, Univ.-Klinik für Radiologie und Nuklearmedizin
Medizinischer Campus AKH Wien

Dr. Lucia Malfent, Operational Director, Open Innovation in Science Research and Competence Center (OIS Center), Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (Kontakt:

Dr. Marion Poetz, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School & Academic Director, Open Innovation in Science Research and Competence Center (OIS Center), Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (Kontakt:

Drawing on the experiences from two pilot projects: CRIS (Crowdsourcing Research Questions in Science) and LOIS (Lab for Open Innovation in Science), the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft has recently launched the Open Innovation in Science Research and Competence Center (OIS Center). The OIS Center is established as an international hub for investigating, discussing and experimenting with the use of Open Innovation principles and methods in science, along the entire process of generating and disseminating new scientific research. Our understanding of Open Innovation in Science (OIS) builds on the widely distributed nature of innovation-relevant knowledge along contextually, geographically or functionally dispersed sources, and refers to enabling, initiating and purposively managing knowledge flows across organizational and domain-specific boundaries for generating novel research questions, designing and conducting research studies, disseminating research results and eventually translating new scientific knowledge into innovation. As such, it clearly goes beyond existing concepts of Open Access, Open Journals or Open Data and challenges established ways of conducting and disseminating science. In this seminar, we aim at introducing and discussing the motivation behind our Open Innovation in Science Initiative, present ongoing OIS projects and discuss potential linkages to activities of the Medical University’s medical imaging cluster.


Dr. Lucia Malfent has been managing the Open Innovation in Science Initiative at Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft since 2014. She has been involved in developing the Crowdsourcing project “Tell us!” – this project aimed at generating new research questions in the field of mental health – as well as the “Lab for Open Innovation in Science” (LOIS). LOIS is an education programme through which scientists can learn how to apply Open Innovation methods and principles throughout the entire process of generating and disseminating new scientific knowledge. Lucia is an expert in communication sciences. She studied at the University of Salzburg (Department of Communication Studies) and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Hanzehogeschool Groningen). Before joining the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, Lucia held various positions within the fields of communications and project management, including Global Head of Corporate Communications at Intercell AG. Lucia completed the Trainee Program of the Federation of Austrian Industries (Industriellenvereinigung). She is a communications trainer and has lived in China, which was the source of inspiration for her PhD thesis on the theme of “Mobile Elites and Cultural Differences in Human Resources Management”.

Dr. Marion Poetz is Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics, Copenhagen Business School (CBS). She gained her PhD from WU Vienna and has been a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management, Bocconi University and ETH Zurich. Inspired by phenomena linked to open innovation, crowdsourcing and similar topics, her research is concerned with strategy, leadership, organizational learning and problem solving in new forms of innovation practices that are characterized by being more open, distributed, collaborative, and democratized than traditional models. Her work has been published in leading international journals such as Management Science, the Journal of Product Innovation Management or Harvard Business Review, and received numerous awards. She has been an academic advisor and consultant to organizations from various industries including national and international firms and policy-making institutions. Marion has been involved in developing the Open Innovation in Science Initiative of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and also acts as the academic director of the Lab for Open Innovation in Science (LOIS). She is affiliated with the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID), the Academy of Management (AOM), and she is a member of the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) of the World Economic Forum (WEF).