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(In)credible Research

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

To all doctoral students from Universities in Berlin:

We invite you to join the first discipline-independent online-conference on Open Science and good scientific practice,
hosted by the Berlin University Alliance.
Two days filled with input talks, Barcamps, workshops, and many opportunities to network and talk about your research!

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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 CharitéUniversitätsmedizin 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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We are very happy and pleased about the great interest in (In)credible Research! Many thanks. 
(In)credible Research is fully booked, we have reached the technical limit for the online conference and cannot accept any further registrations. 

Of course you can follow the conference discussion on Twitter and the conference documentation will be published. 

If you have any questions about the conference or the registration procedure, please contact Dr. Nicole Bornheim-Gallmeister and Linn-Maria Filous, Graduate Studies Support via graduate-studies-support(at)charite.de

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.


Thursday, October 29th

Subject to changes, status: 12.08.2020



Themes and persons

9.00 - 9.15



9.15 - 9:45

Introduction by Organizers & Welcome Address

Introduction by Early Career Researchers: Jelena Brasanac, Ana Sofia Oliveira Gonçalves, Rico Haas, Corinna Hartling, Majed Kikhia, Eva Matthaei
Welcome Address by Prof. Dr. Axel R. Pries, Dean, CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin

9.45 - 10.45

Opening Keynote

"A Young Person’s Guide to the Credibility Revolution" - Anne M. Scheel, PhD student at Eindhoven University of Technology

10.45 - 11.00

Coffee Break

("Wonder" - Meetup) www.wonder.me

11.00 - 12.00


Professor Dorothy Bishop, University of Oxford

12.00 - 13.00

Lunch Break

Yoga-Session with Yoga On The Move (30min)

13.00 - 15.00


Preregistration: qualitative studies – Tamarinde Haven, MSc
Preregistration: quantitative studies – Prof. Dr. Kai Horstmann
Replication studies – Dr. Priya Silverstein
Meta-analysis – Dr. Daniel Quintana
Computational reproducibility – Aaron Peikert
Philosophy of science – Prof. Dr. Axel Gelfert
Conflict management in academia – Martin Holst, MSc
Science communication – Franziska Sattler, MSc
Systematic Reviews - Dr. Kim Boesen
Failure culture in science - Dr. Veronika Cheplygina

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee Break

("Wonder" - Meetup) www.wonder.me

15.30 - 16.30

Panel discussion

"Leadership and Responsibility in Academia" – Nadia Soliman, PhD student at Imperial College London; Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl, Charité & BIH QUEST; Anne M. Scheel, MSc, Eindhoven University of Technology; Dr. Ulf Tölch, BIH QUEST (moderator)

from 16.30



Friday, October 30th

Subject to changes, status: 12.08.2020



Themes and persons


9.15 - 9.30

Hello & Coffee


9.30 - 10.30


"Institutional efforts to improve the credibility
of academic research in Berlin" – Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl, Charité & BIH QUEST


10.30 - 11.00

Coffee Break

("Wonder" - Meetup) www.wonder.me


11.00 - 12.30

Discussion on the challenges of ECRs


12.30 - 13.30

Lunch Break

Yoga-Session with Lena Haas (30min)


13.30 - 16.30


This is where you take over the conference with your own topics and come together in smaller groups for exchange and discussion. You will be able to move around between virtual rooms.


16.30 - 17.15

Conclusion including results from ECR discussion



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.

Information about registration

If you require accommodations to make this conference accessible, such as an ASL or DGS interpreter, captioning, or large-text, please email us and we will be happy to set that up.

There is the possibility to get ECTS points credited for active participation in the conference or the Charité will provide a certificate of participation for presentation to the doctoral office of the respective university. For more information on how ECTS points are calculated at the Charité, please click here

Our target group
The conference, which deals with facets of good scientific practice in the context of a doctorate, is primarily aimed at doctoral students and postdocs from the four BUA partner universities (FU/HU/TU/Charité). Young academics from other universities as well as students interested in a doctorate can be admitted if there is sufficient capacity. 

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.