About us


os4os – stands for open science and for open societies, and is a non-profit organization to promote science, research, and education. 

To address these issues, we initiate projects in the areas of Open Science, Citizen Science, Open Data, Open Source, Smart City, and Open Innovation.

We also focus on the transfer of research results to civil society and companies, developing appropriate methods and tools.


Research data have a high reusability potential outside the realm of science and academia. Currently, Open Science is predominantly regarded as synonymous with Open Access. True open access to research data, real visibility, and reusability are all still a long way off. 

One of our primary goals is the creation and operation of the information portal www.openscience.eu. The portal will provide comprehensive and up-to-date content on open science as well as research content that is fully openly accessible and visually understandable and will also be used by non-scientists.


Issues we would like to explore include:

• What is the role of Open Science in opening up science?

• How will research data be handled in the future? 

• How can stakeholders without a scientific background use these data? 

• How can teaching and research institutions prepare to face the challenges of the digital age?

Who are we?


We are a team of scientists, research managers, and media experts with many years of professional experience at universities and research institutes.

Consequently, we are active on a European and international level alike, embedded within an extensive network.


Reiner Braun


Marine Paichard


Annette Kunz-Engesser

What do we mean by Open Science?

For us, open science is transparent science, which permits easy access to research results to an ever-growing number of interested parties such as companies and citizens, for better potential reusability of such data.

What do we mean by Open Society?

For us, Open Societies signifies an active commitment from civil society and companies to strengthen the transfer of knowledge between research and society and to bring new impulses to science and to society alike.

Why did we create open science for open societies?

Our society is confronted with rapid changes and needs to adapt to new requirements. We live in a fully networked world where we have to perceive systems in a holistic way. Many people already feel overwhelmed by this and show it quite clearly. In the future, the scientific value chain needs to go far beyond current approaches.

Open science is more than just storing research results in repositories. We have to give more thought to their re-use: We need to make broader use of research results, integrating them when building new business models, and introducing innovations into society as a whole. From our point of view, openness, access, and reusability are central starting points.


open science for open societies – os4os gemeinnützige UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Mathildenstr. 10/1
D-71638 Ludwigsburg
T. +49 (0)7141 – 239 60 30
info (at) os4os.org