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Prof. Dorothy Bishop, University of Oxford
Dorothy Bishop is based at the University of Oxford, where she heads an ERC-funded programme of research into cerebral lateralisation for language. She is an honorary fellow of St John’s College Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the British Academy and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Her main research interests are in the nature and causes of developmental language difficulties, with a particular focus on psycholinguistics, neurobiology and genetics. Her book Uncommon Understanding won the British Psychological Society's annual award in 1999, and she has published widely on children's language disorders. She also chairs the advisory board of the recently-formed UK Reproducibility Network. She has a popular blog, Bishopblog, which features posts on a wide range of topics, including those relevant to reproducibility. She is also on Twitter as @deevybee.
Anne M. Scheel, MSc Eindhoven University of Technology
Anne Scheel studied psychology at the University of Heidelberg and psychological research methods at the University of Glasgow, and worked in a developmental psychology lab at LMU Munich for two years. Her background is in infant research, but since she first learned about the "replication crisis" in psychology, she devoted more and more time to follow the discussions around ways to make research more transparent and reproducible ("open science"). Eventually this led her to switch tracks and turn to meta-science as her main research focus: In October 2017, she started her PhD in Daniël Lakens’ project "Increasing the reliability and efficiency of psychological science" at TU Eindhoven. Find Anne on Twitter @annemscheel
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin & QUEST, Berlin Institute of Health
Ulrich Dirnagl is Professor for Clinical Neurosciences and serves as Director of the Department of Experimental Neurology at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Since 2017 he is also the founding director of the QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research at the Berlin Institute of Health. QUEST aims at overcoming the roadblocks in translational medicine by increasing the value and impact of biomedical research through maximizing the quality, reproducibility, generalizability, and validity of research. Through meta-research he was able to identify opportunities for improving research practice and to obtain evidence for the impact of interventions targeted to increase the value of biomedical research. Ulrich Dirnagl is a member of the Advisory Board of the UK Reproducibility Network and a member of the Steering Committee of “Objective 3: Advancing Research Quality and Value” within the Berlin University Alliance.
His research interests focus on stroke, cerebral blood flow regulation, and brain imaging. In preclinical models as well as clinical trials he and his coworkers and collaborators explore mechanisms by which brain ischemia leads to cell death, and develops novel methods to intercept mechanisms of damage in acute brain damage, as well as to foster regeneration and repair of the lesions. Find Ulrich Dirnagl on Twitter @dirnagl.
Nadia Solima, MSc Imperial College London
Formerly an officer with the British Army, Nadia Soliman is currently pursuing her PhD focused on developing automation technologies and crowd approaches to improve the feasibility and accuracy of preclinical systematic reviews. Her military experience gives her a unique perspective on the role of leadership development in academia, where - not unlike in the military - people need to work together to tackle challenges and achieve remarkable goals.
Leadership is a fundamental skill for academic service. Academics are required to make decisions that have wide implications both for the people they interact with and the research that they do. Leadership behaviours are inextricably linked to our research behaviours. Through my talk I will explain the basic principles of academic leadership and demonstrate the importance of leadership training, for everyone not just those in formal leadership positions. I aim to encourage debate and discussion, and will ask us to reflect on what it is we value, and whether our behaviours uphold or undermine our values.