Next Retreat June 14/15, 2022, Online
Impact of Global Crises on the Open Science Movement

About Open Science Retreat

Only together can we successfully change the way we work scientifically.
Only together can we advance Open Science.

  • WE does not mean scientists only. 
  • WE incorporates scientists, science communicators, data stewards, librarians, publishers, editors, and other stakeholders involved in Open Science developments.

With the Open Science Retreat, the ZBW wants to bring together international Open Science supporters from different stakeholder groups. For two afternoons in a row, the aim is to dive deep into the topics that are of burning interest to all of us.

Day 1:
Personal / Institutional dimension

June 14, 2022

14.00 – 14.10 Welcome address (Klaus Tochtermann, ZBW)

14.10 14.40 Impulse statements about measures taken in the course of the Ukraine conflict

14.40 – 15.00 Discussion in plenary

15.00 – 15.10 Short Break

15.10 – 15.55 Exchange on experiences in break-out groups

Leading question:

“How are you/your institution/your project dealing with the Ukraine conflict in the context of Open Science? What are your experiences?”

15.55 – 16.00
In plenary: Outlook day 2

Day 2:
Strategic / Science policy dimension

June 15, 2022

14.00 – 14.10 Welcome address & Wrap up Day 1 (Klaus Tochtermann, ZBW)

14.10 – 14.20 Initial statement on strategic/science policy dimension in the context of global crises

14.20 – 14.50 Discussion in plenary

14.50 – 15.00 Short Break

15.00 – 15.40 Exchange and discussion in break-out groups

Leading questions for the discussion:

  • Selective Openness: How does the Open Science movement have to take global political circumstances into account? Is it, for example, sensible to refrain from scientific cooperation with countries where freedom is restricted?
  • Boundaries and Enablers: What are the boundaries and enablers for the Open Science movement in the current crises? 
  • Taking the following statement in the context of Science Diplomacy: “The role of independent scientists to speak with each other is absolutely important!” → Does this still apply and what can each individual actually do?

15.40 – 16.00

In plenary:

  • short statement from every break-out group (feeding the insights back into the panel)
  • Wrap up & farewell


The Open Science Retreat is an interactive event. Participants are expected to commit to active contribution during the entire retreat. The number of participants is limited and will be balanced due to diversity aspects.

You are an Open Science advocate and would like to exchange your experiences and ideas with a group of 30 like-minded international Open Science enthusiasts from completely different domains?

Deadline for applications: June 3, 2022

We are looking forward to an exciting retreat – be part of it!

These are our next topics:

  • Economic actors in the context of Open Science – The role of the private sector in the field of Open Science (October 1/2, 2022)

Are you interested in past retreats and their results. Check here the reviews

ZBW Open Science Engagement

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics ( presents its activities in Open Science: a triad of research, engagement and development for Open Science.

  • The ZBW does research in the area of Open Science, in particular in computer and information science, in media science and digital economics.
    It wants to strengthen the commercial independence of, and excellence in, the science system. The ZBW wants to enable easy and quick access to scientific findings, publications and data.
  • The ZBW is an active player in science policy, nationally and internationally, to implement Open Science.
  • At the same time, the ZBW actively builds this Open Science ideal by developing and integrating new technologies that enable access and remove barriers.