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Building an ecosystem for open life science

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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.

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Annual Open Innovation in Life Sciences Conference

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

Next OILS conference

Autumn 2024
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Public discussions and lectures

Deep dives into active issues of open science and scientific development.

Join the discussion and check out our upcoming events below.


Workshops and Courses

Learning ground to explore the tools and practices of open science, culture change and career development

Check out our upcoming events below.

Contact us if you want to become our partner.


Open Science Hackathon

OpSciHack, our 24hr no-code hackathon brings together young scientists, tech-enthusiasts, and open science-curious researchers to develop innovative solutions to urgent challenges in different public-facing spheres of life science.

Keep a look-out for our next hack

Support OILS

Your generous donation supports the efforts of early career researchers in building a community around open science to foster a better, more collaborative research future.

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Meet the Team

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Madita Determann

Program Director

Madita Determann served on the organizational committee for the Open Innovation in Life Sciences 2023 conference. Ms. Determann is a Ph.D student in Molecular Immunology in the Department of Gastroentrology and Hepatology at the University Hospital Zurich.


Harini Lakshminarayanan

Operations Director

Harini Lakshminarayanan was the first OILS Marketing Lead and also a part of planning committee for the Open Innovation in Life Science conference in 2021. She is a Ph.D student at the Institute of Pathology and Molecular Pathology Sciences at the University Hospital Zürich.


Simran Asawa

Associate Director

Simran Asawa is a networking and science communication enthusiasts and is leading our SciComm activities like public discussions. She is a Ph.D. student in the Aceto Lab at ETH Zurich. 

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Nino Nikolovski

Partnership Manager

Nino Nikolvski was an integral part of the first Rauschendorfer Open Innovation in Life Science conference in 2018. He wears many hats and is currently a freelance business developer.


Shen Yan

Marketing Lead

Shen Yan is a passionate about harnessing the power of collaboration and innovation through Open Science. She is a post-doctoral fellow at the Kinderspitäl Zürich. 


General Assembly of Early Career Researchers

Future Leaders of the Open Science Movement

We work with a collaborative group of up and coming scientists helping them bring their open innovation visions to life by providing mentorship and infrastructure.

OILS welcomes new members all year round.

Sign up today to shape the future of open life sciences!

OILS Advisory Board

Our association is guided by our expert advisory board members who are open science leaders from academia, non-profits, and industry.

Contact us if you are a seasoned professional interested in helping our grassroots initiative!

Silvie Cuperus, Ph.D.

Head of Life Science Zurich

Wen Hwa Lee, Ph.D.

CEO of Action Against Age Macular Degeneration

Amanda Cobos Ph.D.

Associate Director, Biomedical Research-Discovery Research at Novartis

Heidi Seibold Ph.D. 

Open and Reproducible Data Science Trainer and Consultant

Contact Us

Life Science Zurich

Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zürich

+ 41 (0)44 635 35 01

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