city2science & local ambassadors organize workshop on Open Innovation in Germany

SciCultureD multiplier event: a co-creation workshop on Open Innovation

On 29th November 2023, city2science partners organized the first multiplier event in Germany on Open-Innovation.

Following the success of the last course held in April in Bochum 🇩🇪, our partners teamed up with the local SciCultureD alumni to explore collaborative approaches to research and development.

Departing from traditional closed research models, Open Innovation integrates external ideas, expertise, and resources into the innovation process, actively involving stakeholders such as researchers, industry experts, customers, and civil society,.” described city2science’s CEO and founder Annette Klinkert.

Co-creative workshops like this one help disseminate transdisciplinary approaches and practices to a wider audience of practitioners.

The one-day workshop on open innovation as a mindset for collaboration was designed following the design thinking methodology, explained Basel Myhub, project manager at city2science. The workshop started with understanding and discovering (discover phase). In addition to the input, participants were asked to identify general advantages and difficulties in adopting open innovation (Define phase). After that, participants were asked them to propose themes that they would have liked to take as examples to get to know more what does open innovation mean and its advantages/difficulties (develop phase). For example, one proposed topic was on how to start a process to have an open access platform for all relevant data of the city (geophysical data, playgrounds, markets, air quality, light pollution, etc).
Participants were asked then to identify main stakeholders for each of the 4 challenges and then to play their roles. The next step was to develop solutions or action plans on how to translate this understanding into a process of engaging stakeholders effectively (deliver phase). In the final phase, participants and facilitators engaged in a discussion about the process and what to do next.

Read city2science insights below 👇

About Open Innovation

Open Innovation is a collaborative approach to research and development that involves integrating external ideas, expertise, and resources into the innovation process. It departs from the traditional closed innovation model, where ideas and knowledge are generated and developed internally. Open Innovation approach encourages organizations to actively seek external collaborations and tap into a broader network of stakeholders, including researchers, industry experts, customers and multiple publics outside these organizations.

Open Innovation extends significant opportunities to society at large. It provides access to diverse expertise from academia, industry, and more, facilitating innovative solutions to societal challenges like healthcare and climate change. This approach accelerates progress, making it effective for urgent issues. Moreover, it’s cost-effective and fosters social cohesion by promoting inclusivity and cooperation. Ultimately, open innovation empowers communities, organizations, and individuals to collectively address significant societal challenges and drive positive change.

Despite the many benefits of Open Innovation, there are major challenges that prevent it from being properly implemented. Problems such as intellectual property concerns, resisting organizational culture, lack of trust among collaborators, Cultural and language barriers, and Resource constraints are but a few examples of challenges that contribute to the slow adoption of Open Innovation.

Consilience Journal: Where Poetry Brings Science to Life

This article was originally published on THINK Magazine and was written by Valentina Delconte, Gabrielius Grasys with the kind collaboration of Sam Illingworth.

The combination of principles and data from science with the poetry lens of intuition, emotions, and beliefs can lead to novel ways of communicating research. Would we be able to express the human nature of science and make research more accessible to all? We asked the founder and editor of the first science and poetry journal.

In a time of fast-paced information and complex challenges, poetry offers a vital space for reflection, emotional connection, and meaning-making to navigate our modern world. The cross-over of disciplines brought forward by researchers, artists, and practitioners is key in opening up science and technology from untapped angles to ultimately foster innovation and inclusion.

The SciCultureD project (Erasmus+ funded), led by the Faculty of Education at UM interviewed Sam Illingworth, founder and editor of Consilience, the world’s first peer-reviewed science and poetry journal: a tangible example of interdisciplinarity in action.

Sam set up the initiative to help establish a community of science communicators and to create a space where people could feel valued, respected, and heard through the art of poetry.

‘By creating a safe space for people to experiment, we are also helping to reunify the two disciplines [science and poetry], start conversations, facilitate collaborations, and celebrate diversity.’



Sam is an associate professor at Edinburgh Napier University, where his work involves using poetry and games to steer dialogues and action between disparate communities. Part of his current activities involves tapping into poetry to help platform the voices of under-served communities with respect to science and science communication.

From the combination of his academic path and his hands-on experience, Sam knew that poetry was a powerful way of bringing people from different backgrounds together and helping to diversify science.

‘I also knew that I was not the only person that was doing this, and that I was only one voice. I set up Consilience to help establish a community and to create a space where people could feel valued, respected, and heard.’

What Does Poetry Give to Science, and Science to Poetry?

‘Science benefits from the creativity and emotion of the arts, while the arts gain new knowledge and appreciation of the natural world from science,’ as Sam explains it. He believes that the spaces unifying science and the arts are able to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and critical thinking‘They enable us to tackle complex issues from multiple vantage points. Ultimately, blending science and the arts promotes discovery and fuels human progress,’ he adds. 

Modern science makes use of rigorous methods and mathematical models to grasp the world around us, using a language that is often inaccessible to non-expert audiences. The lyrical and subjective nature of poetry possesses unique traits that taps into the emotional sphere of readers, making it an invaluable tool for science communication in Sam’s perspective.

Electrons to Images
Electrons fly across a vacuum tube…

Smash into a Tungsten anode.

X-rays are born,

with a fate to explore structures beyond.

Directed towards a human form…


absorbed by calcium in bones,

transmitted by air in lungs,

checked by soft tissues and disease.

An image created by x-rays transmitted,

in black and white and shades of grey.

Read by another human form…

Sitting silently in the dark.

Diagnosing structure and function,

health and illness, 

life and death.

A radiologist

‘Poetry speaks to us on an emotional level that pure data cannot, helping to humanise science. It provides a creative vehicle for grappling with the profundities of the universe in a relatable way,’ describes SamWith metaphors and imagery, readers are encouraged to explore new associations between concepts and emotions, sparking moments of wonder and insight. 

Moreover, poetry is open to subjectivity and interpretation, encouraging diverse and plural perspectives on how science is discussed and applied. ‘It gives voice to marginalised narratives, fostering empathy and inclusion,’ adds the editor, by illuminating ‘the nuances of language, identity, and human condition.’

About the Journal

Bringing science to life through poetry and rendering it more accessible and meaningful are among the missions of the Consilience project.

The journal is interdisciplinary to its core – in fact, it is based on the idea of taking the fundamental concepts of one field and applying it to another. 

‘At its best, scientific peer review is an open, accessible, and supportive method of helping researchers to develop throughout their career. At Consilience we apply this approach to poems, and instead of “accepting” or “rejecting” poems based on the strength of the initial submission (or the reputation of the poet), we work with the authors to develop their work via the peer-review system.’ 

In the near future, Sam is hoping to establish a sustainable model to fund the project and to retribute the volunteer editors, reviewers, and other members. 

On a closing note, Sam enthusiastically invites everyone to take action, ‘I encourage anyone moved by the transformative power of poetry to actively spread its reach. Submit your poems exploring science to publications like Consilience. You might also start a journal club discussing poetic works with colleagues or facilitate creative writing workshops with students or community groups.’

The journal is open access and free for anyone to both read and submit. For anyone wanting to submit work to Consilience, you can visit the submission page with all of Consilience’s upcoming dates and themes. Additionally, for anyone wanting to join the Consilience team as a volunteer, you can get in touch at at any time.

Follow The Poetry of Science podcast – the podcast curated by Sam that provides insight into new scientific research via the medium of poetry.

SciCultureD is an Erasmus+ project, led by the University of Malta together with Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway; city2science, Germany; and Science View, Greece. It aims to nurture transdisciplinarity and innovative problem solving through the blending of arts, science, and entrepreneurship. 

Funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.