Next Retreat February 15-16, 2022, Online
Sustainable and reliable Open Science Infrastructures and Tools

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

Tuesday, February 15, 2 – 4 p.m. (CET)

2.00 – 2.10 p.m. Welcoming address
Professor Klaus Tochtermann, ZBW

2.10 – 2.40 Impulse lecture (incl. Q&A)
“Sustaining an Open Infrastructure: Lessons Learned From Five Years of Open Knowledge Maps”
Dr Peter Kraker, founder and chairman of Open Knowledge Maps

2.40 – 3.00 Impulse statements
from selected participants

3.00 – 3.05 Short Break

3.05 – 3.40 Break Out sessions
Brainstorming on sustainable models (technical, financial, community engagement)

3.40 – 4.00
Feeding the insights back into the panel & Closing Day 1

Day 2

Wednesday, February 16, 2 – 4 p.m. (CET)

2.00 – 2.10 p.m. Welcoming address & Wrap up Day 1 Professor Klaus Tochtermann, ZBW

2.10 – 3.10 Break Out Sessions
Creating a map of sustainable models

3.10 – 3.15 Short Break

3.15 – 3.30
Feeding the insights back into the panel

3.30 – 4.00
Merging and creating the final map & 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: January 28

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

These are our next topics:

  • Sustainable and reliable Open Science Infrastructures and Tools (February 15/16, 2022)
  • Economic actors in the context of Open Science – The role of the private sector in the field of Open Science (June 14/15, 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.