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Open Science has now run for two years!

The Open Science Seminars are attracting many participants almost every month. New collaborations have been established between companies, and between researchers and companies. The students create knowledge and share it on the Open Science Framework (https://osf.io/wudyt/).

All the science has so far been based on crowdfunding and crowdsourcing from companies and researcher, however this model will only take us this far. The student projects are a fantastic way to create trust, verify needs, and begin the discussion of future plans. However, if the science is to move from student projects to production we need to take the next steps. The projects needs hands and continuity – this could be achieved through Open Science PhDs and PostDocs, but this step needs funding. The work of making relevant funds understand the importance and possibilities in Open Science has been ongoing since day one, thus now is the time to act and create projects and applications.

A Funding Task Force will be established in Open Science consisting of representatives for the industry and university. If you would like to influence the direction of open science and the funding of projects, please join this task force by contacting Professor Kim Daasbjerg (kdaa@chem.au.dk), Platform Manager Stine Kristensen (stinek@inano.au.dk), or communication officer Iben Kongsfelt (ibenbk@inano.au.dk)

Future themes

When we began the journey of Open Science the theme was very limited (Smart POlymer MAterials and Nanocomposites or SPOMAN) but today we are allowed to go into new fields. This is why open science is now moving into, among others, CO2 Catalysis (www.CadiCat-os.org). But where would you like to see open science in the future? At the biopolymer and Biomimicking Seminar February 27, the following themes where suggested:

  • Responsive Materials
  • Sensing materials or sensors
  • Recyclable materials
  • Machine Learning

If you have interest in a new open science field, please leave a comment or contact Ibenbk@inano.au.dk or stinek@inano.au.dk.

Future focus for Open Science

In the future, Open Science will focus more on the knowledge-collaborations, and how SMEs are introduced to knowledge-collaborations covering new fields. In order to do this Open Science and the Danish Technological Institute will enter a partnership to ensure fruitful collaborations and knowledge transfer.

As part of successful knowledge transfer, the open science students are trained in seeing industrial needs and communicating their results to the industry. This training is done in collaboration with Open Entrepreneurship and other Aarhus University initiatives.

Furthermore, the anchoring of the projects and knowledge in the industry we will introduce mentors from the companies. This will give the students a direct connection in the companies and a place to go with thoughts, ideas and industrially relevant questions. The role as mentor is not a supervisor role but rather a role as sparring partner regarding industrial reflections.