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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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Our origin story

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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 2023
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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.


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


Devmini Moonamale

Program Director

Devmini Moonamale served on the organizational committee for the Open Innovation in Life Sciences 2020 conference and was a previous OILS Associate Director. Ms. Moonamale is a Ph.D student in Cancer Biology in the Department of Oncology at Children’s 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.


Katharina Schubert

Associate Director

Katharina Schubert was the co-chair of the Open Innovation in Life Science 2021 conference planning committee. She is a Ph.D. student in the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics at ETH Zürich.


Theresa Rauschendorfer

Associate Director

Theresa Rauschendorfer was an integral part of the first virtual Open Innovation in Life Science conference in 2020. She completed  her Ph.D studies in the Institute of Molecular Health Sciences at ETH Zürich.


Clara Quijano Rubio

Associate Director

Clara Quijano Rubio joined the OILS association in 2021 and served on the planning committee of the 2021 conference as well as liason to external innovation partners. She completed her Ph.D. studies in Cancer Biology at the Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-oncology, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich


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!

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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

Hans Widmer Ph.D. 

Associate Director External Science and Partnerships 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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