Lifelong Learn. 2022, 12, 119-146

Skills of PhD Graduates for Open Science and Open Innovation

Michal Janíčko1, Zdeňka Šímová1, Denise McGrath2,3

1Národní vzdělávací fond, o.p.s., Opletalova 25, 110 00 Praha 1, Česká republika
2School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin, 4 Stillorgan Rd, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
3The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Received August 18, 2022
Accepted October 19, 2022

The study presents findings from the analysis of skills useful for Open Science (OS) and Open Innovation (OI). Employers both within and outside academia and employed PhD graduates and students in the Czech Republic, Ireland and Denmark were interviewed and job postings aimed at research vacancies were reviewed to identify key skillsets useful in broadly defined OS and OI environments. Five skill profiles of PhD graduates have been identified: (1) collaborative and interdisciplinary research, (2) practical applicability of research results, (3) involving the wider public in research, (4) use of Open Science tools and (5) career planning. Implications of the findings for possible interventions in PhD education systems are discussed.


This work is part of a project entitled “Opening Doors” which has received funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 “Science with and for Society” programme under grant agreement number 101006514. It has also been supported in part by a grant from Science Foundation Ireland under grant number 12/RC/2289_P2.


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