Methods and Innovation

The Methods and Innovation working group is an open space for innovation and experimentation for the networked humanities, exploration space (explorations), with the aim of stimulating, designing, enabling and scientifically analyzing new forms of knowledge production at the interface of science, technology and society.

The space sees itself as a creative, virtual and physical place of exchange at the interface of Humanities, Geography and Environmental Studies, as well as Design & Arts. Actors jointly stimulate innovation processes and experiment with questions of cultural and linguistic diversity as well as biodiversity.
Ideas are generated in the research group, risky pilot projects are initiated with methodically new approaches, research prototypes are developed, and new forms of cooperation are tested and scientifically analyzed.
Current priorities of the working group:

  • Open Innovation (OI) Methods and Practices in the Humanities
  • Interpretation of OI strategies for humanities, e.g. Austria (OI.AT), European Commission (OI.EU)
  • Challenge driven and Social Innovation in the Humanities
  • Digital Transformation and Visual Facilitation
  • Participation, Crowd Science and Network Facilitation
  • Co-design /-creation
  • Agile and Design Thinking in the Humanities
  • Application of and experimentation with research infrastructures


The work tends to be implemented in an open innovation process by developing community ecosystems in international cooperation projects.
An international advisory committee accompanies the development of the research area: Marcus Nordberg, Marion Pötz, Jeffrey Schnapp, Annette Scoppetta, Josef Strobl.