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Reproducibility, Replicability and Trust in Science

09 - 11 September 2020Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early bird deadline 16 June 2020
  • Bursary deadline 30 June 2020
  • Abstract deadline 07 July 2020
  • Registration deadline 28 July 2020

Improving the robustness of scientific research

  • Summary

    This new meeting will bring together an international audience of researchers motivated to improve the robustness of scientific research. It will also involve important stakeholder groups: data and services providers, publishers, institutions and funders that are developing policies and tools.

    The overarching theme of this conference is to position the challenge of reproducibility and replicability as a behaviour-change problem that when addressed can lead to culture change within research. The programme will explore how the right incentives can drive positive behaviour, with examples presented from a variety of groups and organisations. We will also focus on the development and implementation of open science tools, which can help researchers produce transparent, trustworthy and therefore potentially better-quality scientific outputs.

    The meeting will also stimulate collaboration on practical measures that can improve the quality of scientific enquiry and reporting. We will focus on the evidence base for such measures and tools, and discuss their effectiveness and impact.

    The programme will focus on the following areas:

    • Infrastructure and tools that make behaviour change possible or easier, led, for example, by service providers of open data infrastructure or publishing mechanisms
    • Normative changes, for example, led by peer-led/grassroots groups who are trying to establish new norms in their communities
    • Incentives and research assessment, for example, led by funders, research institutions, and publishing platforms/journals
    • Policies, for example, set by funders, research institutions, journals and research infrastructures

    The format will include presentations from international leaders with ample time for discussion and debate. Abstracts on all areas of the conference are welcome for poster or oral presentations. The final day of the conference will include a series of workshop sessions and peer-led group discussions.  The participation of early career researchers will be a will be a strong and prominent thread throughout the conference.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at 12.30 on 9 September and finish at ~2pm on 11 September 2020.

    Topics will include:

    • Incentives
    • Infrastructure and tools
    • Improving research culture
    • Policy initiatives
    • Improving research quality

    There will be a series of break-out sessions on the final day of the conference.

  • Organisers/ Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Maria Leptin

    Maria Leptin
    EMBO, Germany

    Johanna McEntyre

    Johanna McEntyre

    Marcus Munafo

    Marcus Munafo
    University of Bristol, UK

    Confirmed speakers

    Olavo Amaral – University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Julie Beeso – Oxford PharmaGenesis, UK
    Ewan Birney – EMBL-EBI, UK
    Nicolas Blomberg – ELIXIR, UK
    Anne-Marie Coriat – Wellcome, UK
    Malcolm Macleod – University of Edinburgh, UK
    Erin McKiernan – National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
    Dagmar Meyer – European Research Council, Belgium
    Magdalena Skipper – Nature, UK

    Conference organisers

    Zoey Willard – Conference & Events Organiser
    Treasa Creavin – Scientific Programme Manager

  • Registration/ Accommodation
    Early bird discount
    (until 16 June)

    Standard rate
    (after 16 June)
    Student No accommodation £282.00 £382.00
    Student On-site twin accommodation £389.00 £489.00
    Student On-site single accommodation £455.00 £555.00
    Academic No accommodation £382.00 £482.00
    Academic On-site twin accommodation £489.00 £589.00
    Academic On-site single accommodation £555.00 £655.00
    Commercial No accommodation £482.00 £582.00
    Commercial On-site twin accommodation £589.00 £689.00
    Commercial On-site single accommodation £655.00 £755.00

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have booked accommodation.

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 9 and 10 September 2020. Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is recommended.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks or longer.

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  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0- portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the conference.

    Abstract deadline: 14 July 2020

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students to attend this conference (up to 50% of the standard registration fee) from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser. You will be sent a unique registration link which will hold your place, without taking payment, until you have been notified of the outcome of your application.

    The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

    • Abstract (to be submitted via the portal during the registration process)
    • CV
    • A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the conference)
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

    If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 30 June 2020

    Additional funding opportunities
    Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.

  • Sponsors
In association with UK Reproducibility Network
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