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The BIH QUEST Center on Responsible Research strives to increase the value of biomedical research, making it more trustworthy, useful and ethical. Our aim is to overcome the roadblocks of translational medicine to foster innovation that contributes to improving healthcare and increasing patient benefit.

With the QUEST Seminar on Responsible Research we wish to establish a communication channel primarily - but not exclusively - oriented towards our colleagues at Charité and BIH. Here, we want to present and discuss QUEST-relevant topics in order to jointly address challenges, facilitate exchange of experiences, and explore solutions for implementing responsible practices in biomedical research.

Apart from offering talks by local or external speakers, we also aim to support the exchange of theoretical knowledge from experts with practical examples from users. For this, we encourage the Charité and BIH communities to participate actively in suggesting topics you are interested in from the QUEST portfolio, or presenting own projects related to QUEST topics (user cases).

The QUEST Seminar on Responsible Research is thought to be of benefit for the scientific community at the Charité and the BIH. We welcome all colleagues interested in knowing more about QUEST and our projects and activities, and about other groups or institutes working on QUEST-related topics. Feel free to contact us with your suggestions.

Upcoming Lectures during the winter semester 2023/2024

October 10th, 2023: Duplicate Images in Scientific Literature - Systematic Review as a Detection Tool for the Online Sleut

  • Duplications in scientific images, maybe you have heard about it through leading experts such as Dr. Elisabeth Bik, or seen examples of image manipulation on X (Twitter) or Pubpeer. However, the chance that you have identified them yourself may be low, as it can be a difficult and very time-consuming process. How do duplicate images impact our use of scientific publications, in particular for evidence syntheses such as systematic reviews? In this presentation Kim Wever and René Aquarius (Radboudumc, Nijmegen, The Netherlands) will talk about their experiences with finding duplicate images in scientific literature: from detection, to reporting (and the follow-up so far).

November 7th, 2023: Fireside chat - Addressing global power asymmetries in/through Responsible Research

  • Scholars based in the Global South have long been pointing out that the global research system is characterised by globally unequal conditions in terms of access to resources, conference participation, and recognition. Calls for the decolonisation of knowledge production also address the field of health research. Taking up these calls, we will raise the issue of including a global dimension into conceptions of Responsible Research and introduce a critical vision of the power asymmetries that shape implementation processes.
    Organised by the Latin American Research and Teaching Organisation MetaDocencia and the BIH QUEST Project Team Evaluation. Session led by Laura Ación, MetaDocencia’s Executive Co-Director, and assisted by three facilitators and MetaDocencia’s members, with the presence of three panelists from the Global South: Muneera A. Rasheed (Pakistan), Karina Formoso (Argentina) and L. Paloma Rojas-Saunero (Bolivia).

December 5th, 2023: Open Monitoring of Open Science in France

  • Since 2018, France's public policy on open science benefits from a data oriented, country-wide and factual monitoring tool, the French Open Science Monitor (https://frenchopensciencemonitor.esr.gouv.fr/). This national monitor can be further adapted to geographical, organizational and research domains to follow more focused activity, with a range of customization tools available to individual institutions.
    Initially focusing on open access to publications, the French Monitor has been extended over time to cover more comprehensively Open Science, including in particular the transparency of clinical trials and the sharing of software and research datasets.
    The French monitor entirely relies on open and public data, enriched by machine learning techniques and feedback from its users. It provides an open service to the higher education and research community in France.
    Introduction by Evgeny Bobrov, QUEST Center for Responsible Research. Talk by Eric Jeangirard, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, French Open Science Monitor, and Patrice Lopez, science-miner

January 16th, 2024: tbd

February 13th, 2024: Active engagement of patients in health research – examples from the BIH QUEST Center and Charité

  • After a short introduction on Patient & Stakeholder Engagement (PSE) and the QUEST PSE services, we will present a Charité research project that actively engaged patients. There will be also time for questions and discussion.
    Presented by Sarah Weschke, project team leader Patient and Stakeholder Engagement

Past lectures of the QUEST Seminar on Responsible Research during the Summer Semester 2023

Past lectures of the QUEST Seminar on Responsible Research during the Winter Semester 2022-2023

Past lectures of the QUEST Seminar on Responsible Research during the Summer Semester 2022

Scientific coordination and organisation

Dr. Lorena Martinez Gamboa, Project management officer, BIH QUEST Center


Doctoral students are eligible to obtain 0.1 ECTS points for every attended lecture. A certificate will be provided at the end of the respective semester.

Important informations

Time: The seminar takes place Tuesdays at 4:00 - 5:00 pm (CET, UTC+1), bi-weekly on odd calendar weeks, during the semester lecture period.

Seminar language: English

Venue: Online, via Microsoft TEAMS.

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