8th Trifels Summer School on Open Science

As part of the annual Trifels Summer School series the 8th Trifels Summer School is organized by the University of Mannheim and held from September 26th to 30th (Monday-Friday) at the Kurhaus Trifels in the Palatinate Forest. It is dedicated to the topic of Open Science and aimed at early career researchers from all academic disciplines.

The series is offered by the association “Begegnungszentrum Kurhaus Trifels”, which consists of the following universities: Technical University of Darmstadt, Heidelberg University, Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Koblenz-Landau, and University of Mannheim.

The Summer School includes several workshops and sessions in which experts introduce participants to a variety of Open Science practices. The program also provides social activities including a Llama hike in the Palatinate Forest and a guided Tour of Trifels Castle. The highlight of the Summer School will feature a public panel discussion on the topic “Mit Open Science globalen Krisen begegnen – Offenheit und Transparenz in der Wissenschaft” on the last evening. The primary language is English except for the panel discussion, which is in German.

PhD students and postdoctoral researchers interested in the topics of open science, reproducible research, and science communication are invited to attend. Participation is free of charge and includes accommodation and meals at the Kurhaus Trifels. Participants only need to cover their own travel expenses. At the end of the Summer School participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

If you would like to attend the Trifels Summer School 2022, please complete the registration form below. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline and you will be informed about the outcome by mid-August.

The application deadline is 8 July 2022.

Programm schedule

  • Monday, 26th September

    until 1:00 p.m.Individual arrival to Trifels 
    1:00–2:00 p.m.Lunch 
    2:00–2:30 p.m.Welcome 
    2:30–3:00 p.m.Introduction I: How is Open Science relevant to my research?Dr. David Morgan (University of Mannheim)
    3:00–3:30 p.m.Coffee break ☕ 
    3:30–5:30 p.m.Introduction II: Trust in ScienceJana Berkessel (University of Mannheim)

    5:30–7:00 p.m.

    Check-in & get together 
    7:00–8:00 p.m.Dinner 


  • Tuesday, 27th September

    7:30–9:00 a.m.Breakfast 
    9:00–10:30 a.m.Workshop: Reproducible Research, Part 1Juli Nagel (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim)
    10:30–11:00 a.m.Coffee break ☕ 
    11:00–12:30 p.m.Workshop: Reproducible Research, Part 2Juli Nagel (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim)
    12:30–1:30 p.m.Lunch 
    1:30–3:30 p.m.

    Workshop: Open Science Methods in Teaching

    In recent years, there has been an increasing trend across academic disciplines towards making research more transparent and reliable using open science methods (e.g. pre-registrations, preprints, data repositories). However, there has been relatively little focus yet on how to incorporate open science concepts and practices in higher education teaching. In this workshop, we want to give you some insights in teaching concepts we developed and taught and afterwards exchange experiences and ideas about how to teach open science methods and at the same time practice open teaching (i.e. through open educational resources) in university seminars and lectures. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to leave the workshop with at least one simple and feasible idea on how to implement aspects of open science in your future teaching and research.

    Dr. Johanna Gereke (University of Mannheim), Dr. Anne-Sophie Waag (University of Mannheim)
    3:30–4:00 p.m.Coffee break 
    4:00–6:00 p.m.Social Activity: Guided Tour of Trifels Castle 
    7:00–8:00 p.m.Dinner 


  • Wednesday, 28th September

    7:30–9:00 a.m.Breakfast 
    9:00–10:30 a.m.Workshop: Public History/Citizen Science, Part I [CANCELED]Prof. Christian Geulen (University of Koblenz · Landau)
    10:30–11:00 a.m.Coffee Break 
    11:00–12:30 p.m.Workshop: Public History/Citizen Science: Part II [CANCELED]Prof. Christian Geulen (University of Koblenz · Landau)
    12:30–1:30 p.m.Lunch 
    1:30–3:30 p.m.

    Workshop: Research data meets copyright

    Research is interconnected: it builds upon the results of earlier research and produces output that other scientists use as starting point for their own research. The workshop will examine how copyright affects and regulates this system. In particular, it focuses on three questions: Who owns research data? Which licenses are suitable for an open publication of research data? How do national copyright norms affect international scientific cooperation?

    Peter Brettschneider (legal library of the Federal Administrative Court, Leipzig)
    4:00–6:30 p.m.Social Activity: Trekking Tour with Lamas 
    7:00–8:00 p.m.Dinner: Kurhaus BBQ 


  • Thursday, 29th September

    7:30–9:00 a.m.Breakfast 
    9:00–10:30 a.m.Workshop: The Boom of Pre-Print-Publishing and its Challenges for the Public Communication of Research Results – Part I [CANCELED]Prof. Markus Lehmkuhl (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
    10:30–11:00 a.m.Coffee Break 
    11:00–12:30 p.m.Workshop: The Boom of Pre-Print-Publishing and its Challenges for the Public Communication of Research Results – Part II [CANCELED]Prof. Markus Lehmkuhl (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
    12:30–1:30 p.m.Lunch 

    1:30–3:30 p.m.

    Revealing the Open Access potential of my dissertationDr. Philipp Zumstein (University of Mannheim)
    3:30–4:00 p.m.Coffee Break 
    4:00–6:00 p.m.

    Workshop: Open Research Data

    Discussion on why Open Data (both quantitative and qualitative) plays a key role in enabling transparent research. In this workshop we discuss challenges in making data openly accessible, stemming from the specific requirements of the various research areas in which different types of data are produced or analyzed. We identify possible solutions towork towards the goal of opening up and sharing data, reflecting on hands-on strategies to apply in one's own research work.

    Dr. Rima-Maria Rahal (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn)
    6:00–7:00 p.m.Dinner 
    7:00–9:00 p.m.Panel Discussion/Trifelser Gespräch: Mit Open Science Globalen Krisen begegnen – Offenheit und Transparenz in der Wissenschaft 


  • Friday, 30th September

    7:30–9:00 a.m.Breakfast 
    9:00–10:30 a.m.Recap and Farewelltba
    10:30–11:00 a.m.Coffee Break 
    from 11:00 a.m. onDeparture 




The Kurhaus Trifels is located in Bindersbach (part of Annweiler) and specializes in academic conferences and touristics stays. It comprises guest rooms and various meeting and banqueting rooms spanning over three floors. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi for guests.


  • Jugendstilhotel Trifels, Kurhausstraße 25, 76855 Annweiler am Trifels, Ortsteil Bindersbach
  • View on OpenStreetMap

Arriving by bus and train:

  • take the train RB 55 from Landau (Pfalz) to Annweiler am Trifels (ca. 20 minutes, every 1h)
  • take the Bus 523 to Bindersbach, Kurhausstrasse (ca. 7 minutes, every 2h)

Trifelser Gespräch / Panel discussion [in German]

Am Donnerstag 29. September ab 19 Uhr findet das Trifelser Gespräch als öffentliche Paneldiskussion im Kurhaus Trifels statt. Neben dem Panel, den Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer der Summer School ist auch die Öffentlichkeit dazu herzlich eingeladen.

Titel: Mit Open Science globalen Krisen begegnen – Offenheit und Transparenz in der Wissenschaft

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner, ZB Med/TH Köln


  • Dr. Rima-Maria Rahal, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn
  • Philipp Schmid-zum Berge, External R&D Cooperations Manager, Continental
  • Prof. Dr. Konrad Wolf, Wissenschafts- und Kulturminister a.D., Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Inhalt der Paneldiskussion

    Informationen und Wissen können beliebig oft mit anderen geteilt werden ohne dass es Abnutzungserscheinungen gibt. Daher kann Wissen allen zugleich gehören und von allen genutzt werden. Sind Forschungsergebnisse in diesem Sinne auch Teil der Wissensallmende bzw. ist dies ein erstrebenswertes und erreichbares Ziel?

    Bei Open Science werden Forschungsergebnisse wie Publikationen aber auch Zwischenschritte wie Forschungsdaten oder -software frei verfügbar gemacht sowie transparente und reproduzierbare Arbeitspraktiken im Forschungsprozess angewandt. Verliert man dadurch als Forschende die Kontrolle, Anerkennung oder Deutungshoheit über Forschungsergebnisse? Oder folgt eine solche Arbeitsweise nicht auch gerade vor dem Hintergrund von Replikationskrisen in einigen wissenschaftlichen Fachgebieten sowie den Erfahrungen mit dem schnellen Informationsaustausch über die neusten wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse während der Corona-Pandemie?

    Die Politik fordert auch immer öfter ebenfalls Open Science Aspekte ein und eine Öffnung der Universitäten in die Gesellschaft. Zu Recht kann man mit den meist öffentlich finanzierten Universitäten sowie Forschungsförderern wie DFG, BMBF, EU solche Rufe nach einer Einsichtnahme für jedermann verstehen (z.B. auch „public money, public code“). Welches Innovationspotential können offene Daten und Software bei Wirtschaftsunternehmen entfalten und kann man damit überhaupt Geld verdienen?

    Aber auch bei Open Access, Open Data oder Open Materials findet der Diskurs dann aber weiterhin unter den Experten statt. Wahrscheinlich da viele Spezialthemen von der allgemeinen Bevölkerung nicht ohne weiteres verstanden werden können. Kann die Forschung sich auf die Kommunikation im Elfenbeinturm beschränken oder sind Wissenschaftskommunikation oder Wissenstransfer nicht auch immer mitzudenken? Aktuell zahlt sich aber ein Engagement in diesen Bereichen für die Forschenden selbst eher wenig aus bzw. hält einem von noch mehr forschen ab. Braucht es da neue Anreizsysteme? Können die Stakeholder (=Öffentlichkeit) bei öffentlicher Forschung ihre Wünsche auch genügend einbringen? Wünscht sich die Öffentlichkeit offenere, partizipative und leichter zugängliche Forschung? Wie kommen wir dahin?

Contact and Organizing Team

For inquiries, please contact: tss2022 mail.uni-mannheim.de

Organizing Team:

  • Dr. Katharina Bolle, University of Mannheim, Division I – Strategic Planning and Research Support
  • Dr. Golareh Khalilpour, University of Mannheim, Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS)
  • Agathe Klosterhalfen, University of Mannheim, Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS)
  • Dr. Philipp Zumstein, University of Mannheim, University Library, Open Science Office

Patron of the Summer School: Prof. Henning Hillmann, Ph.D. Vice President for Research and Early-Stage Researchers


To participate in the Trifels Summer School 2022, please complete the registration form and confirm your registration by ticking the checkbox below. Mandatory fields are marked with a (*). The registration deadline is 8 July 2022. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline and you will be informed about the outcome by mid-August.

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