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Get involved in organising this and other HUBs!

What and how? HUB16 - Open Space Technology (i.e. find other people with similar interests to talk about whatever you want...!)



Who? A team of people working at several different life-science organisations within Heidelberg are organising HUB, with your help (just get in touch or add your comments to this page).

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Open Space Technology is an approach to organising meetings that is a common format used for unconference or unseminar sessions. It focuses on delivering almost complete control of content of the meeting to the people who turn up for the meeting, with little or no control assigned to organisers/facilitators of the meeting.

Quoting from the Wikipedia page on this topic (from December 5th 2014]

'Harrison Owen [1] explains that this approach works best when these conditions are present, namely high levels of:

  • Complexity, in terms of the tasks to be done or outcomes achieved;
  • Diversity, in terms of the people involved and/or needed to make any solution work;
  • Conflict, real or potential, meaning people really care about the central issue or purpose; and
  • Urgency, meaning that the time to act was "yesterday"

[1] Owen, Harrison (2008). Open Space Technology: A User's Guide (3rd ed.). Berrett-Koehler. ISBN 978-1-57675-476-4.'

Despite this being such a commonly-used format for unconference/unseminar sessions, we've never tried it at HUB, as we aren't sure whether the conditions described above are met, or whether it will work well with a typical HUB crowd size (20-30 people).

However, part of the reason we organise HUB is to experiment with different meeting formats, so we've decided to give it a go - maybe it works superbly?

So do come along and join us for the meeting, a chance to find and discuss with others with the same interests!


Introduction (5 min)

Short intro announcement by Aidan Budd


Off together for a drink at the Marstall, just across the road...


Short Report


Task List

A list of tasks that need to be done on or before the meeting day. Just sign your name to say that you'll do a task, and the same again when the task is done.

To arrange before evening Person responsible Done
Drinking Water and Cups?
A4 signs in plastic envelopes to help people find the room
Create the poster
Print and display poster where relevant
  • BioQuant:
  • EMBL:
  • DKFZ:
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Advertise on linkedin
Send reminder email

To do on the evening Person responsible Done
Open the room
Hang up signs to the room
Setup and welcome attendees
Tidy and close room