What is Open Science? How can we promote and practice openness and a culture of sharing in research and scholarship? Which methods can we use to demonstrate more openness in academic and scientific practice? Under the motto Meet, Share, Inspire, Care, the third Open Science Festival in Germany offers the opportunity to seek answers to these questions, to network, and to learn from each other. 

Open Science enables people to interact within and with science, and provides access to the knowledge, data, and processes of research. The principle of openness shapes the framework conditions for research and scholarship. Open Access and Open Data make scientific findings more accessible. Open standards and methods allow collaboration and inspire new research approaches. At the same time, Open Science restructures the relationship between science and society.  

The festival is for newcomers, interested parties, and experts alike and aims to facilitate interactions and exchanges in various forms. Whether you are a student or a scientist, a research manager or a decision-maker, a science journalist or an interested member of the public, the Rhine-Main Universities cordially invite you to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz from September 17 to 18, 2024. 

You will find:  

  • A first-rate keynote and panel discussions on the opportunities and challenges of Open Science with national and international experts 
  • Ignite Talks about the successes and stumbling blocks of Open Science practice 
  • Workshops with practicing members of the Open Science community 
  • A “poster slam” to get to know a variety of projects from Open Science enthusiasts 
  • A marketplace with lots of information about Open Science 
  • A speed networking event to get to know other participants 

This year’s Open Science Festival is our take on a concept from the Netherlands. The first German festivals took place in Hannover and Cologne. 


Organizing committee
Open Science Festival
E-Mail: osf@uni-mainz.de



Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Hochschule für Musik
Jakob-Welder-Weg 28
55128 Mainz