Johannes Vogel

Dr Johannes Vogel

Innovation with Participation – why we need Open Science

Open science, open, participatory innovation and a scientifically literate citizenry are key pillars of a 21stcentury knowledge society and democracy. Science has to change in order to address the challenges arising from such assumption. The relationship between science, society and politics needs to be recalibrated – the science establishment probably facing the biggest challenges in this necessary transition.

Current trends and movements arising from within science (from open publishing to citizen science), but also processes and imaginations at EU level and in the EU Commission hint already at forthcoming and substantial change. While probably being affected by the transition, today’s young scientists already are – and increasingly will be – the drivers and implementers of change.


Since 2012 Johannes Vogel is the Director-General of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Professor for Biodiversity and Public Science at the Humboldt University Berlin. As chair of the European Citizen Science association he was appointed Chair of the European Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) in 2016. OSPP brings many important stakeholders across Europe together to advise the EU Commission, the Intergovernmental Competiveness Council and national stakeholders on an Open Science transition. Supporting bottom-up scientific and civic engagement he chairs the European Citizen Science Association. Studying biology in Bielefeld he moved to Cambridge University in 1989, obtaining a Ph.D. in Genetics and pursuing a research career at the Natural History Museum in London, becoming Keeper of Botany and HoD in 2004. His interests include the role of museums in society, public engagement with science, (inter-) national science policy, biodiversity and plant evolutionary biology.