Melanie Oßwald is a Public-Affairs-Manager for research projects. She worked for the Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and is also a former Member of the German National Parliament. As a PhD candidate, her research focus lies on Customer Co-Creation and Open Innovation. She currently works on the research projects CoDi and JOSEPHS. Melanie studied Design at the Class of Prof. Hans-Joachim Berndt at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, her diploma thesis was a design study for a tablet and operating system. She also graduated from the Master programme „Marketing Management“ at FAU.