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Open Science Festival 2018 - launchpad for new ideas

Researchers, students and industry representatives met on Thursday, 31 May at iNANO for the Open Science Festival 2018 to celebrate open research collaboration.

2018.06.01 | Peter F. Gammelby

Coincidentally(?), the rocket on the students' t-shirts tied in rather nicely with the Dean's speech, which linked the Open Science platform with the research behind the Apollo 11 mission. In this photo, the students are listening to lead materials specialist Allan Hjarbæk Holm from Grundfos, who is talking about the Grundfos group's long-term goals and expectations in connection with Open Science. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby, AU

As head of product development at SP Group A/S, Jens Hinke (left) was the first recipient of the Open Science Industry Award, being presented here by Dean Niels Christian Nielsen. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby, AU


The idea of Open Science as a patent-free playground for university researchers and industry has attracted international attention, and the first Open Science platform, SPOMAN, has continued to progress and take on board more research disciplines, since it was launched more than a year ago.  Now, machine learning or artificial intelligence have been included in the efforts to find new smart materials (SPOMAN stands for Smart POlymer Materials And Nano-composites).

In his speech at the Festival opening, Science and Technology's Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen took his outset in John F. Kennedy's ambitious goal in 1961 to land a man on the moon and bring him back safely to Earth before the end of the decade.

"Just as impressive as the success of the mission was the innovation triggered by the programme across disciplines and sectors. Engaging scientists across distant disciplines and industries across different sectors opened the opportunities for crucial and creative bottom-up solutions. Bottom-up solutions that served a common goal.  Open Science is an open collaboration model for bringing fundamental research into society. By a strong collaborative effort, industries and scientists join forces to set common goals. In this way, we create very relevant need-driven research projects. Open Science creates the needed space for bottom-up solutions to well-defined goals," said Niels Christian Nielsen.


New award

Since the Open Science Festival 2017, the people behind Open Science have established a new award, the "Open Science Industry Award". This is presented to industry representatives who have made a special effort for the Open Science platform in Denmark.

This year's recipient was Jens Hinke as the head of product development at SP Group. Jens Hinke helped develop the idea of Open Science, and has since "tirelessly brought his knowledge, his network and his own person into play in order to pave the way for the new, open and trust-based approach to collaboration," as the award statement says.

Among the other speakers at the Festival were Dr. Viviane Poupon from McGill University in Montreal, who spoke about the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI), which the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital recently set up with the aim to become the world's first open-science-based academic institution.

Moreover, there were talks by a number of students from several different disciplines who are in the process of conducting basic research projects in connection with the SPOMAN platform.

The Open Science platform has received DKK 2.5 million in funding from the Danish Industry Foundation.  

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