Themes of the
Conference

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.

Programme

We are pleased to present a diverse range of invited speakers, including Dr Kris Thayer, Director of the Integrated Risk Information Systems Division at the US Environmental Protection Agency; Dr Allison Harbin, freelance writer and editor whose blog describing her PhD experience has resonated with graduate students across disciplines; Sir Jim Smith, Director of Science at the Wellcome Trust, and Dr Jonathan Kimmelman, a bioethicist concerned with the social and policy dimensions of translational research. Further details of these and other speakers are available here.

Our ambition has been to create a faculty of insiders and outsiders, of those immersed every day in the challenges of biomedical research and of others from outside this narrow world, that their perspective may bring new understanding to the problems we face.

The meeting will include an inaugural EQUATOR Doug Altman lecture by Prof Isabelle Boutron, Université Paris Descartes, France. As well as these invited speakers, submitted research (oral presentations and posters), we have created space for less traditional conference formats including so-called focus tracks (structured discussions between conference participants, proposed by anyone attending the conference) and formats encouraging authors to present content that is relevant to the conference themes, however doesn’t fit into the research abstract format („Concepts, Initiatives and Ideas”). Details of these can be found here.

The conference, however, will only be truly successful through the contributions of all participants. We welcome people at every career stage, and from every country. To support this participation, we will support the attendance of junior researchers and those from emerging or developing countries (LDC) through a bursary scheme, provided for the top 10 abstract submissions with first authors who are ECRs, and for the top 10 with first authors from LDC. Please check here for more details.

Please bring your most interesting work, an open mind, and an enthusiasm to engage with your colleagues. For “traditional” research submissions, we are interested in the most relevant, rigorous and contemporary material; and we are particularly interested in work which describes the evaluation or implementation of strategies to reduce research waste.

A detailed programme will be available approx. in Fall.

Pre-Conference Activities

ImprovScience Barcamp – Satellite ‚unconference’ on strategies for research improvement

19th February 2020, 10:00–17:00

Join for a one-day barcamp to warm up for the conference and exchange with local research improvement stakeholders!

A barcamp or ‚unconference‘ is a format for meeting and exchange, where the topics and schedule are set by the participants themselves. It is an interactive, open and also fun format, in which ideas can be presented, feedback received, opinions exchanged and networks built. In line with the interactive concept, there are no speakers, everyone is a participant on equal terms. Although some barcamps also include ad-hoc workshops and talks, in the ImprovScience Barcamp we would like to focus on discussions, and restrict presentations of ideas or projects to 5-minute pitches. But ultimately it’s all participants together who will determine the rules of the day.

Please note that the barcamp is not part of the REWARD | EQUATOR Conference 2020. The barcamp is free of charge for participants of the conference. Registration is required.

Registration barcamp

Keynote and
Plenary Speakers

  • Lisa Anne Bero University of Sydney | Sydney, Australia
  • Isabelle Boutron Université Paris Descartes | Paris, France
  • Anne-Marie Coriat Wellcome Trust | London, UK
  • Lisa Debruine University of Glasgow | Glasgow, Scotland
  • Daniele Fanelli London School of Economics and Political Science | London, UK
  • Allison Harbin Post Ph.D. | New York, USA
  • Jonathan Kimmelman McGill University | Montreal, Canada
  • Frank F. Miedema Utrecht University & UMC Utrecht | Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Ivan Oransky New York University & Retraction Watch | New York, USA
  • Vinay Prasad Oregon Health and Science University | Portland, USA
  • Jim Smith Wellcome Trust | London, UK
  • Kristina Thayer United States Environmental Protection Agency | Washington D.C., USA

Jonathan Kimmelman | McGill University

Jonathan Kimmelmann

Frank F. Miedema | Utrecht University & UMC Utrecht

Frank F. Miedema

Ivan Oransky | New York University & Retraction Watch

Ivan Oransky

Lisa DeBruin | University of Glasgow

Lisa DeBruin

Jim Smith | Wellcome Trust

Jim Smith

Lisa Anne Bero | The University of Sydney

Lisa Anne Bero

Kristina Thayer | United States Environmental Protection Agency

Kristina Thayer

Daniele Fanelli | London School of Economics

Daniele Fanelli

Anne-Marie Coriat | Wellcome Trust

Anne-Marie Coriat

Vinay Prasad | Oregon Health and Science University

Vinay Prasad

Allison Harbin | Post Ph.D.

Allison Harbin

Isabelle Boutron | Université Paris Descartes

Isabelle Boutron

Certification

ECTS

  • for participation in congresses, symposia, conferences and similar events · 0.33 ECTS Credit Points will be credited per full day (approx. 8 hours),
  • for half a conference day · 0.15 ECTS Credit Points will be credited.
  • for the presentation of one’s own work, for example as a conference contribution · 1 ECTS Credit Point will be credited

The conference programme is usually sufficient proof for posters/presentations.

Berlin Chamber of Physicians

The conference will apply for certification at the Berlin Chamber of Physicians.

A certification of attendance will be sent to all attendees 2 weeks after the conference.

Scientific Programme
Committee

  • Ginny Barbour Queensland University of Technology | Brisbane, Australia
  • Lex Bouter Vrije Universiteit | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Isabelle Boutron Université Paris Descartes | Paris, France
  • Ulrich Dirnagl BIH QUEST Center | Berlin, Germany
  • Paul Glasziou Bond University | Gold Coast, Australia
  • Sabine Kleinert The Lancet | London, UK
  • Malcolm Macleod (Chair) University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Marcus Munafo University of Bristol | Bristol, UK
  • Brian Nosek Center for Open Science & University of Virginia | Charlottesville, USA
  • Daniel Strech BIH QUEST Center | Berlin, Germany

Ginny Barbour | Queensland University of Technology

Ginny Barbour

Lex Bouter | Vrije Universiteit

Lex Bouter

Isabelle Boutron | Université Paris Descartes

Isabelle Boutron

Ulrich Dirnagl | BIH QUEST Center

Ulrich Dirnagl

Paul Glasziou | Bond University

Paul Glasziou

Sabine Kleinert | The Lancet

Sabine Kleinert

Malcolm Macleod (Chair) | University of Edinburgh

Malcolm Macleod

Marcus Munafò | University of Bristol

Marcus Munafò

Brian Nosek | Center for Open Science & University of Virginia

Brian Nosek

Daniel Strech | BIH QUEST Center

Daniel Strech

Contact

Host
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
BIH QUEST Center
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
rec2020@mci-group.com

Registration
T: +49 30 20459566
rec2020-registration@mci-group.com

Project Management
Amira Hussein
T: +49 30 20459220
rec2020@mci-group.com