Building an ecosystem for open life science


Who We Are

Open science is the practice of science where data, lab notes, publications, etc. are made publicly available to enable reuse, redistribution, and reproducibility of all parts of the research process. Such practices encourage collaborations and make science more efficient. Open is the way of doing science for the leaders of tomorrow.

As a part of Life Science Zurich, we at OILS help life scientists understand what open science is to them and, most importantly, how to practice open science as part of their research routines via public discussions, workshops, courses, and our annual Open Innovation in Life Sciences conference. Everything we do is motivated by early career life scientists and supported by leaders in open science.

Meet the team

Our origin story




Annual Open Innovation in Life Sciences Conference

Sharing research, career development, and connecting academia, industry, and society.

Next OILS conference

23-24 Sep, 2021

Public discussions and lectures

Deep dives into active issues of open science

Join the discussion and check out our upcoming events below.

Workshops and Courses

Learning the tools and practices of open science

Coming soon!

Contact us if you want to become our partner.


News from the open front

The latest updates from OILS

Image by Chris Montgomery

OILS20 virtual conference (7-8 Sept)

Sept 9, 2020

Two pitch competitions, Virtual Science Fair, Panel Discussions, Keynotes and 115 participants...ALL VIRTUAL.

Congratulations to the winners:
Innovation Pitch - Sonia Meller (Digit Soil)

Science Pitch - Mateusz Wietecha, PhD (ETHZ)
Science Fair - Rafael Lazar

Also, big thanks to the #OILS20 Organizing Committee on a job well done putting together such a successful event!

Upcoming Events

  • 4th Annual OILS Conference
    23. Sept., 08:00 MESZ – 24. Sept., 12:00 MESZ
    Location is TBD (hybrid online + onsite)
    Bringing early career researchers together with industry and society to share research and develop careers in the light of open science.
  • Open Up for Open Science (Zurich) Panel Discussion
    04. März, 16:30 MEZ – 05. März, 01:35 MEZ
    A panel discussion on the state of open science in Zurich co-organized by AMB and OILS

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Meet the Team

Joyce Kao, Ph.D.

Program Director,  Co-Founder

Dr. Joyce Kao was the co-chair of the inaugural Open Innovation in Life Sciences 2018 conference planning  committee and served on the advisory board to the 2019 committee. She brings years of experience founding programs and organzing causes to drive the vision of OILS forward.

Christina Ambrosi, Ph.D.

Operations Director, Co-Founder

Christina Ambrosi was the co-chair of the 2nd Open Innovation in Life Science 2019 conference planning committee. Dr. Ambrosi has a passion for keeping OILS well-organized and in line with the goal of creating an open science future.

Devmini Moonamale

Associate Director

Devmini Moonamale served on the organizational committee for the Open Innovation in Life Sciences 2020 conference. Ms. Moonamale is a PhD student in Cancer Biology 
in the Department of Oncology at Children’s University Hospital Zurich.

Theresa Rauschendorfer

Associate Director

Theresa Rauschendorfer was an integral part of the first virtual Open Innovation in Life Science conference in 2020. She is currently a PhD student in the Institute of Molecular Health Sciences at ETH Zürich.

Meneka Rupasinghe

Project Lead (Innolutions)

Meneka Rupasinghe was the co-chair of the 2020 Open Innovation in Life Sciences. She has a particular interest in cultivating industry-academia relationships. Ms. Rupasinghe is a PhD student in the Department of Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Zurich.

Committee of Early Career Researchers

Future Leaders of the Open Science Movement

We work with a committee of up and coming scientists helping them bring their conference and workshop visions to life. You can join at any time. Sign up today to shape the future of open life sciences!


OILS Advisory Board

Silvie Cuperus, Ph.D.

Head of Life Science Zurich

Wen Hwa Lee, Ph.D.

CEO of Action Against Age Macular Degeneration

Dr. Hans Widmer

Associate Director External Science and Partnerships at Novartis

Mark Robinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Statistical Genomics and Open Science Delegate at the University of Zürich


Contact Us

Life Science Zurich

Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zürich

+ 41 (0)44 635 35 01

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