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(In)credible Research

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Conference 2020
Berlin University Alliance (fully booked)

Thank you very much for the great interest in (In)credible Research.

The two-day online conference for early career researchers (ECRs) under the motto "(In)Credible Research - for credibility, integrity and reproducibility of research" took place on October 29-30, 2020.

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During the two conference days, numerous young scientists in and beyond Berlin met online to discuss the facets of good scientific practice. The conference provided a stage for experienced scientists and pioneers in the field of Open Science. Additionally (In)credible Research enabled workshops to deepen methods and, above all, created a lot of space and discussion space for young scientists to talk about their own research and the challenges in the doctoral process.  

(In)credible research – The spirit continues:
The documentation of the conference is collected on the subpage "Documentation;" the speaker presentations will be linked there, our initiative overview is published and much more. 

About the Conference

All Early Career Researchers (PhD-students, postdocs, and graduate students with research experience) from within the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) are invited by the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) to take part in the first annual, discipline-independent online conference under this year's motto: “(In)credible Research” - for Credibility, Integrity and Reproducibility of Research.

The conference is organised by early career researchers (ECRs) who have put together a two-day program filled with inspiring talks and insightful perspectives on challenges in doing research, hands-on workshops by pioneers in Open Science, and many opportunities to connect and exchange with fellow ECRs!

The conference ultimately aims to enable ECRs to improve the quality and robustness of their scientific work throughout the research process. 

Participation is free of charge and you will receive an awesome ECR-conference starter-pack, sent to your preferred address!

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Our Mission

Across many disciplines in modern research, problems with reproducibility and replicability of findings have become evident that threaten the integrity of science at its core. Many of these problems are created by limitations to the practical implementation of what is considered good scientific practice. 

As early-career researchers, we work close to the roots of the research practice where we are faced with unique difficulties, but also the opportunity to have a lasting impact on the creation of a better present and future. We aim to turn this conference into a stepping stone to building a research future where interdisciplinary cooperation, reproducibility, and replicability are not only “fancy expressions” in funding applications but practiced values in an open and credible research community. Therefore we want to come together in this event to:

  • create awareness of threats to integrity and credibility in science 
  • educate about existing solutions and empower ECRs to apply them 
  • exchange about the challenges and barriers we face in our work  
  • recommend changes to improve the situation of ECRs in Berlin

(In)credible Research - What do we mean by that?

Studies that present clean, positive (i.e. hypothesis confirming) results, tell good stories, and make spectacular claims are more likely to be published than studies that find negative (i.e. not different from null), inconclusive, or mixed results and report them transparently.
The title we chose refers to this tension: Science needs to be credible rather than incredible.
Publication bias, lack of reproducibility, replicability, and transparency damage the credibility of research and distort the representation of knowledge in the literature. In the long run, this is detrimental to science as a collaborative enterprise that seeks to approximate truth about the world we live in and erodes the public's trust in the research they fund.
For a more comprehensive discussion see Simine Vazire's article "Do We Want to Be Credible or Incredible?" published in the Observer of the Association of Psychological Science: here.


Participants can look forward to speakers including: Prof. Dorothy Bishop, University of Oxford; Anne M. Scheel, MSc Eindhoven University of Technology; Dr. Priya Silverstein, University of Surrey; Tamarinde HavenMSc, VU Amsterdam and Dr. Daniel Quintana, University of Oslo; Prof. Dr. Kai Horstmann, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Aaron Peikert, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung.

Code of Conduct

(In)credible Research is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.