Openscience in innovative spaces : Two inspiring examples with OpEEE and the Green Neuroscience Lab

Some thoughts that emerge during my journey “HackYourPhD aux States“.

The Open materializes itself increasingly in places, which offer the possibility to catalyze projects. Here are two inspiring samples driven by visionary people.

The project led by Thanh Nghien: Open Economy Education & Entrepreneurship (OpEEE).


Thanh Nghiem plays a major role in supporting projects that embody the values of the Open in all its dimensions. She knows how to organize ideas and connects the right players to make first prototype come alive. Even more, she knows how to accelerate these kinds of projects, take them to the next level and ensure their sustainability. Her secret: recognize the key players who bring additional blocks to build multifaceted initiaves with major societal impacts.
This pollinating bee backs OuiShare, a group gathered around collaborative economy. She  follows HackYourPhD since its beginnings and has provided the boost to the campaign  HackYourPhD aux States. She is also involved at Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire (CRI) alongside Francois Taddéi, which offers a innovative vision/approach to education. Going to Vietnam, she explored the importance of culture as an essential element of impact for knowledge.

Today, she starts a major project combining all her projects.

OpEEE  for Open Economy Education Entrepreneurship  is a cross cultural collaboration between Vietnam and the CRI. She wants to create exchanges between business school students and researchers from France and Vietnam to promote innovation and its societal impact. Her idea is: Vietnam = @ccelerator of CRI and CRI= @ccelerator of Vietnam.
In the meantime, do not hesitate to watch her TED talk on knowledge sharing.

Her project will soon bring to existence innovative space in Vietnam, where Open Science has its place. In the meantime, do not hesitate to watch her TED talk about sharing knowledge.

For a renewal in the field of neuroscience: The Green Neurosciences Lab

During my stay in San Diego, I had the chance to meet with two researchers who can think out of the box.  Ann Lam and Elan Ohayon are both are from Toronto and have been postdocs in San Diego (Salk institute). They decided to leave their laboratory to create their own team: The Green Neuroscience Lab. Ann and Elan did not want to make any more concessions. Spending more time writing requests for funding (grant) rather than their research became unbearable.

“We want to make science because we love it. We want to do something different; we want to show that there has to be other ways. “

They have chosen not to accept any research partnership with companies. They see the academic field as a necessarily autonomous field, which is not dependent on pharmaceutical companies or military projects. However, they are not closed to projects developed by startups. In fact, they created their laboratory with the help of the Neurolinx Institute in an innovation center / coworking space in San Diego.

Both projects have different approaches to the interaction between academia and entrepreneurship. Thanh’s project creates synergies between research and social entrepreneurship. While, the Green Neuroscience Lab decided to work in parallel with businesses and startups. However, the Green Neuroscience Lab and the future spaces OpEEE, both know how to integrate themselves in a local ecosystem. They play a major role in the use of innovation, and lead by example, especially the desire to replicate such experiences all over our planet.

Thanks to Rodrigue Asseu for the translation into english;

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