REWARD | EQUATOR Conference 2020

Sharing Strategies for
Research Improvement

20–22 February 2020 Berlin,

Hosted by



It is a great pleasure for us to invite you to the next REWARD | EQUATOR Conference hosted by the BIH QUEST Center. The meeting will take place in the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, in the heart of historic Berlin, from 20th to 22nd February 2020.

The conference theme – “Sharing strategies for Research Improvement” – for us represents an ambition to move beyond the articulation and description of problems, to instead provide greater focus on possible solutions; their development, testing, evaluation and dissemination. We will consider challenges and opportunities for improvement from the perspective of Ethics Committees and Regulators, Publishers, Institutions and Researchers, and Funders; and will have themes running through the conference on new methods for measuring and testing interventions. By involving communities beyond biomedical research we hope to broaden the discussion, that we can learn from each others‘ experience.

The choice of the meeting venue enables us to come together under one roof with ample circulation areas to promote discussion. The agenda includes opportunities and facilities for ad hoc groups to form and to discuss specific issues arising during the conference, with a view to establishing new collaborative networks. We are particularly keen to provide a platform for the next generation of research improvement researchers and practitioners, and the agenda reflects this.

To make this a successful conference, we need your help. Please come to Berlin, present your scientific work, and let us all together successfully shape the next REWARD | EQUATOR Conference in the wonderful city of Berlin.

Berlin, as a free and open city, as well as both of us, look forward to welcoming you.


Berlin, May 2019

Malcolm Macleod

Malcolm Macleod
Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee

Ulrich Dirnagl
Chair of the Local Organising Committee


Please follow the invitation of Prof. Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis from Stanford University to join the conference. The conference will “be an ideal opportunity to try to show how much we have learned about potential solutions and to brainstorm about where do we go next.”

Video message from Prof. Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis


We now have extensive evidence of the prevalence and impact of many wasteful research practices and practical strategies are emerging to improve research. At the REWARD | EQUATOR Conference 2020 our focus will shift to place emphasis on the development, evaluation and implementation of strategies to reduce waste and increase quality in research.

Covering the perspectives of Ethics Committees and Regulators, Publishers, Institutions and Researchers, and Funders, and with dedicated sessions relating to methodological issues in Research on Research, the Conference will bring together leading practitioners in research improvement in plenary sessions, and provide ample opportunities for discussion and facilitation of new collaborative partnerships.

Themes of the

Challenges and opportunities for improvement for ethics committees and regulators, for publishers, for institutions and researchers, and for funders. Methods for measurement and for testing interventions.

Co-funders, Sponsors & Media Partners

We are indebted to the following organisations/initiatives for their support of this Conference:




funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – project number: 437031563

funded by Wellcome Trust – project number: 219623/Z/19/Z

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Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin, Germany

Local Organiser (PCO)
MCI Deutschland GmbH
MCI | Germany – Berlin
Markgrafenstr. 56
10117 Berlin, Germany
T: +49 30 20459220
F: +49 30 2045950

T: +49 30 20459566

Project Management
Sarah Ecker
T: +49 30 20459220