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The course was created in cooperation with experts on Open Science and Open Innovation from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Find out below who they are and where they come from. Before you start, get to know Dr. Sophia Rost in the video. She is the developer of the course and will guide you through it.

Clemens Blümel

Clemens Blümel studied sociology, communication sciences and psychology at the Universities of Dresden, Leipzig and at the Free University of Berlin. As a research associate, he worked, among others, at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, HU Berlin, and since 2017 at the German Center for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW). His research interests include topics such as Open Science and Open Innovation as well as the evaluation and quality assurance of Open Access publications using bibliometric indicators.

Dr. Benedikt Fecher

Since 2017, Benedikt Fecher has headed the program area “Knowledge & Society” at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). He is an interdisciplinary science researcher and investigates the interrelationships between science and society in the context of digitization. His focus is on data-driven research, research infrastructures, Open Science & Open Access, science communication, and the measurement and assessment of societal impact. He has published extensively on these topics and led national and international externally funded projects.

Dr. Hendrik Geßner

Hendrik Geßner has been IT team leader at the Computer Center of the University of Potsdam since 2021. Previously, he worked there for three years as a research assistant in an infrastructure project at the Collaborative Research Center 1294 “Data Assimilation”. He teaches young doctoral students at the Potsdam Graduate School (POGS) in the area of research data management and the open provision of data (Open Data).

Prof. Dr. Hans-Hennig von Grünberg

Hans-Hennig von Grünberg holds the professorship for Knowledge and Technology Transfer at the University of Potsdam and is project leader of the BMBF-funded Innovative University Project “Inno-UP” at the University of Potsdam. He studied physics in Aachen and Berlin and conducted research at the University of Oxford, among other places. After receiving a Heisenberg fellowship from the DFG, he accepted an appointment to the chair of Theoretical Physical Chemistry at the University of Graz in 2004. Between 2010 and 2020, he was president of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences. He was chairman of the Higher Education Alliance for SMEs and was named Higher Education Manager of the Year in 2017.

Dr. Markus Konkol

Markus Konkol is Open Science Officer at the University of Twente (NL). After completing his Master’s degree at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, he received his PhD in Geoinformatics there in 2020. His research topics include opening reproducible scientific results and Open Educational Resources.

Dr. Gertraud Leimüller

Gertraud Leimüller is managing partner of winnovation, a consulting firm for the development and application of Open Innovation. Her clients include the LEGO Foundation, Fujitsu, Iglo and Schindler, as well as science organizations such as the Ludwig Bolzmann Society in Vienna. She studied nutritional sciences in Vienna and, after earning her doctorate, completed a Master of Public Administration with a focus on innovation management and policy at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2007, she has published the weekly innovation column “Gewagt Gewonnen” in the Salzburger Nachrichten.

Dr. Sybille Reichert

Since receiving her Ph.D. from Yale University (1994), Sybille Reichert has worked as an expert in higher education policy and strategy development and organizational reform, focusing on institutional development, internationalization and organizational reform at universities, and higher education reform in Europe. After three years at ETH Zurich as head of strategic planning, Reichert founded her own consulting firm (Reichert Consulting for Higher Education) in 2004. Her mandates combined institutional reform agendas with global higher education development at a variety of institutions across Europe, from individual universities to national ministries, rectors’ conferences or European organizations such as the European University Association (EUA) or the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

Amelie Riedesel

Amelie Riedesel is a programme manager at the non-for-profit organization ProjectTogether. She completed her Bachelors in Arts and Culture at Maastricht University (NL) and Economics and Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (Canada). For her Masters she studied Public Policy at the Hertie School, where she wrote her thesis on the topic “Open Social Innovation and Food Systems Transformation”. Besides ProjectTogether, Amelie gained professional experience at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and as a researcher at the HAS University of Applied Sciences (NL) on “Food Systems Transformation in the International and Dutch Context”.

Jessika Rücknagel

After completing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at HU Berlin, Jessika Rücknagel worked in various open science contexts, including the project and the eResearch Alliance at SUB Göttingen. Jessika is currently involved in the project at the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) in Hannover, where researchers are supported in the implementation of open access. Jessika produces information materials and conducts training courses on open access.

Course construction: Alex Griffiths is a doctoral researcher in English Philology at the Free University of Berlin. After obtaining his bachelors in English Literature & Philosophy at the University of Liverpool he moved to Germany to undertake a Master’s in English Philology at the Free University of Berlin. His research interests include Affect theory, 20th and 21st century working-class literature and philosophical theories of Collectivity. He has been employed as a research assistant at the University of Potsdam since 2021.

Video production: ZIM – Center for Information Technology and Media Management at the University of Potsdam

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