This Winners Session presents the Top 10 breakthroughs in the Science and Innovation Management category. From Stanford University to the Max Delbrück Center, and from EPFL to CERN – every institution, and with it every society, faces challenges. How to share knowledge? How to improve the Peer Review Process? How to best introduce new ideas to the market? How to utilise Citizen Science Projects? The presented projects address these questions, transforming research and the Peer Review Process into impactful businesses and projects. Viewers are introduced to several of these cutting-edge solutions, including fostering inter- and transdisciplinarity, randomising grant approval to reduce selection bias, and solving quantum computing issues by involving hundreds of thousands of Citizen Science volunteers through gamification. Jury Member Kumsal Bayazit is confident: “The level of creativity in the submissions were [sic] inspiring and gave me a lot of hope for the future of science and innovation management.“


We are delighted to announce the ten winners in the category Science and Innovation Management:


Breaking the Wall to Massively Scale Science Projects into Products & Services
Ajay Agrawal secures the entrepreneurial and commercial success of research projects with the Creative Destruction Lab.


Breaking the Wall by Transforming Human Health Interdisciplinarily
Carolyn Bertozzi brings together Chemistry, Engineering and Medicine to address long-range challenges in Human health at the ChEM-H institute at Stanford.


Breaking the Wall of Maximising Impact from Breakthrough Development
Marc Gruber at EPFL concentrates to connect newly developed technologies with the best available markets.


Breaking the Wall of Biased Grant Approvals
Henrike Hartmann champions randomised grant approvals leaving behind selection bias.


Breaking the Wall to Enable the Next Impact-Driven Generation of Scientists
Oliver Mai-Kolerus & Benedikt Salmen empower young researchers to think and do science in original and effective ways at the ECN Lab for Open Innovation in Science.


Breaking the Wall of Disruptive Innovation
Rafael Laguna de la Vera aims to pick and boost particular projects that will enable the next leapfrog to a new level of societal sophistication.


Breaking the Wall to Pooled Lab Capacity
Tobias Opialla connects under-utilised labs with scientists at the online platform LabHive.


Breaking the Wall to Democratising Science
Kristin Persson providing free access to the research expertise and instrumentation needed to democratize science at the Molecular Foundry.


Breaking the Wall of Hybrid Intelligence
Jacob Sherson reinterprets the respective limitations of both human and artificial intelligence to forge a hybrid intelligence knowledge-production system


Breaking the Wall to an Inclusive and Sustainable Future in Europe
Pablo Garcia Tello connects research, development and innovation to scale up breakthrough ideas with the ATTRACT initiative at CERN.

Ajay Agrawal is the Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA and Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto, Canada. Professor Agrawal is founder of the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a not-for-profit program with a mission to accelerate the commercialization of science for the betterment of humankind.

Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Baker Family Director of Stanford ChEM-H (Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine for Human Health). Prof. Bertozzi is known for developing innovative technologies that have opened new avenues for biological discovery and therapeutic development. Several of her inventions have been translated to commercial settings. In 2022, Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry.

Marc Gruber is Vice President for Innovation and full professor for Entrepreneurship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). He received a doctorate from the University of St. Gallen in 2000, and a venia legendi from the Ludwig Maximilian University in 2005. Marc acted as Deputy Editor at the Academy of Management Journal, the highest ranked empirical research journal in management. In an independent research study on the most impactful entrepreneurship scholars (Gupta et al., 2016), Marc was ranked as the worldwide #1 researcher in the 2005-2015 period (shared #1 spot).

Dr. Henrike Hartmann studied pharmacy at the University of Freiburg and did her doctorate in pharmacology in Heidelberg and Mannheim. She then spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston and at the University of Frankfurt am Main. She has been working for the Volkswagen Foundation since 1998. In addition to her work for the foundation, Henrike Hartmann is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz and the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institutes for Biology of Aging, Cologne and the Max Planck Institute for Metabolic Research, also in Cologne.

Dr. Benedikt Salmen is Educational Coordinator at the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin.

Dr. Oliver Mai-Kolerus is Administrative Coordinator at the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin.

Dr. Tobias Opialla is a system biologist with a background in analytical chemistry. He is currently a Scientist at Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine. During his doctoral thesis in biochemistry encompassing metabolomics and proteomics he got in contact with programming-driven data analysis, software development and laboratory automation. Interdisciplinary work is his strength. He is able to connect, communicate, and collaborate with clinicians, molecular biologists, and computer scientists working together to overcome the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Kristin Persson is a Swedish American physicist and chemist. She is a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in the Energy Science Area, where she is the director of the Molecular Foundry, a national user facility managed by the US Department of Energy, and a professor at University of California, Berkeley in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Persson is the director of the Molecular Foundry.

Jacob Sherson is professor in both dep. of Physics and Management at Aarhus University and founder and director of the Center for Hybrid Intelligence and the citizen science project with more than 300,000 contributors. In his interdisciplinary team both human and algorithmic problem solving is investigated through the lense of machine optimization, psychology, cognitive science and behavioral economics. Apart from natural and social science games, he is also investigating large-scale game-based assessment of both basic cognitive skills and 21st century skills like creativity.

Pablo Garcia Tello is currently section head of the CERN EU Office developing new EU funded projects and initiatives. Pablo is participating actively in EC Innovation Initiatives and Funding Programmes. His expertise is certified by having published more than 50 scientific papers in top international peer reviewed journals and conferences, and holds more than 10 international patents in the areas of Micro/nanotechnology and Biotechnology. He has received among others the NXP Semiconductors Golden Patent of the Year award.

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