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We would like to discuss experiences with local training initiatives and what is needed to scale them up to make this training the norm. This might include setting up a network to share materials and experiences and/ or developing strategies to lobby for policy changes. The discussion may lead to a paper discussing challenges and opportunities for reproducibility and open science education and training in Germany with all active participants included as authors.

Some of the specific topics that we will discuss include:

  • What resources and strategies are already being used to train researchers in reproducibility and open science in Germany?
  • What opportunities and creative solutions exist to expand and improve reproducibility education in Germany?
  • How can we make reproducibility education/training the norm in Germany? What top-down and bottom-up approaches can we use? What are the barriers we face and how can we overcome them to making reproducibility education and training the norm?

A Virtual Brainstorming Event (described here and here) is an asynchronous unconference-style group event where participants use an online chat platform (e.g. Slack, Microsoft Teams) to engage in discussions and share their experiences with others over several days. The session will be accompanied by virtual face-to-face “coffee chats” and Open Space discussions to allow participants to get to know each other, share experiences and discuss the brainstorming questions or explore topics that emerge during the brainstorming.  

Organization Team:

  • Dr. Susann Auer - TU Dresden, Reproducibility for Everyone
  • Alexandra Bannach-Brown, PHD – CAMARADES Berlin, BIH QUEST Center, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH)
  • Dr. Susann Fiedler - Network of Open Science Initiatives, GRN steering group, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
  • Tamarinde Haven, PHD – Responsible Metrics, BIH QUEST Center, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH)
  • Dr. Verena Heise - Freelance Open Science Researcher
  • Dr. Constance Holman - SPOKES, BIH QUEST Center, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH)
  • Tracey Weissgerber, PHD - ScreenIT, BIH QUEST Center, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH)


  • March 1st, 12:00 and 18:00 CET: Optional 1-hour networking session for participants to meet others and talk in small groups. Please note: The content in the sessions will be identical, so it is not necessary to attend both (although you are welcome to!).
  • March 2-3: Virtual brainstorming session using Microsoft Teams. Participants do not need to be active the entire time; the goal is for everyone to check the online discussion 2-5 times during the two-day period to read others’ thoughts and respond, discuss, or share your own ideas. You can also organize or participate in discussions with others using the virtual open space held on the online platform Wonder.me.
  • March 2022: Organizers will draft an outline of a paper (if applicable) based on discussions from the virtual brainstorming event and share the results with all participants for comments.
  • April 2022+: Participants will be asked to comment on the draft manuscript, which will be submitted for publication with all contributors listed as authors.

Event language: English

“Thank you for your interest in this event. Unfortunately, we have exceeded our maximum number of participants. In order to ensure a positive experience for all participants in the virtual brainstorming event, registration is no longer possible. For questions or more information, please contact (Mary) Constance Holman