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Instructors and Speakers.

Mag. (FH) Patricia Stark, MBA

Course Instructor
JKU x Ludwig Boltzmann Society

Patricia Stark has spent 15 years working at the crossroads of people and technology and when it comes to developing new solutions, she understands just how important involving different stakeholders is. As part of her MBA thesis at the LIMAK Austrian Business School and in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School, she conducted research in the field of creativity and service innovation.

Patricia has been coordinating the Open Innovation in Science Impact Lab "The Future We Want!", a partnership between the JKU and the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, since 2021. The Lab's goal is to strengthen community involvement in science and create an experimental space to support partnerships and collaborative efforts.

Prior to that, she worked as a product manager, assisting industrial companies as well as EU projects, on how to design innovative solutions and draft co-creative innovation processes.

[Translate to Englisch:] Patricia Stark ©JKU / vog.photo

Dr. Christiane Grill
Speaker & Mentor

Senior Program Manager Priority Setting
Ludwig Boltzmann Society
Open Innovation in Science Center

Christiane Grill, Senior Program Manager at the LBG OIS Center, provides consulting and support services to researchers when it comes to involving stakeholders in research, particularly in helping to decide on the pressing issues researchers should urgently address. She also provides advising and support services in applying Open Innovation in Science practices. Christiane has a background in political science and communication studies with a focus on deliberative communication and deliberative democracy. Before joining LBG, she was an "Akademische Rätin" and post-doc at the University of Mannheim and at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES). She earned a PhD in Communication Studies at the University of Vienna.


[Translate to Englisch:] Christiane Grill ©LBG

Thomas Palfinger, MSc
Speaker & Mentor

Program Manager Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement
Ludwig Boltzmann Society
Open Innovation in Science Center

Thomas manages the PPIE program at the LBG OIS Center. He is an expert in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement and focuses his consulting on participant-based approaches in science as well as in support of project ideas. Before joining the LBG OIS Center, he conducted participant-based projects at the University of Vienna and at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is always interested in learning about ongoing involvement activities and approaches to participant-based science.


[Translate to Englisch:] Thomas Palfinger ©LBG

Mathieu Mahve-Beydokhti, BSc MA
Speaker & Mentor

Program Manager Impact
Ludwig Boltzmann Society
Open Innovation in Science Center

Mathieu Mahve-Beydokhti focuses on the social impact of research, particularly the impact of citizen and patient involvement in research. He is an expert in facilitating co-creative workshops designed to foster collaboration among different groups of people. Mathieu has both a science and social science background. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at the University of Strasbourg and his Master's degree in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Maastricht University. Before joining the OIS Center, he worked on projects at the ScienceCenter Network association where he implemented projects focusing on interactive science education.


[Translate to Englisch:] Mathieu Mahve-Beydokhti ©LBG

Dr. Susanne Beck

Senior Researcher
Open Innovation in Science Center
Ludwig Boltzmann Soceity

Susanne is a senior researcher at the LBG OIS Center at Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and a guest researcher at the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). She earned her PhD in economics at Zeppelin University in Germany and has been a visiting scholar at the Lancaster University Management School’s Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Innovation. Susanne developed and held several different international courses in the area of Knowledge Management, Innovation, Research Methods, and Marketing on the Bachelor's, Master's, and Executive Education level. Her research has been published in top international, peer-reviewed journals, including Industry & Innovation, Innovation: Organization & Management, European Management Journal, and R&D Management. She is the recipient of several Best Paper Awards at international conferences, such as the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, and European Academy of Management.




[Translate to Englisch:] Susanne Beck ©LBG