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Background

Transparency and reproducibility of research methods and results are important hallmarks of high-quality research in areas from biomedical to social and physical sciences. In the last few years, many novel approaches, tools, and technologies have emerged that allow for a comprehensive representation of the scientific process that goes far beyond descriptions of research methods and results as found in traditional journal articles. Open research practices have the potential to revolutionise the way research methods and results are communicated and facilitate research collaborations and sharing of research outputs in an unprecedented manner. However, adopting these practices requires knowledge and skills that are not normally taught in undergraduate or graduate degrees. To close this gap, we offer a four-day summer school to guide early career researchers (PhD students and postdocs) towards an open, transparent, and reproducible research workflow. These topics will be embedded in a more general curriculum on research ethics and meta research.

Program

The four-day summer school will consist of a series of lectures that cover the following topics:

  • Biases in research
  • Reproducibility
  • Best practices for sharing publications, data, and code Meta-research
  • Ethical conduct of research

The lectures will be complemented by interactive workshops that participants can choose based on their needs (e.g. introduction to R and Python, reproducible workflows, version control in Git and Github, data management, and preregistration). 

Application

During the registration, participants will be asked to briefly state their motivation (300 words) and a description of a potential project that is suitable to apply the knowledge from the summer school. The letter of motivation should contain a brief statement how the applicant has applied or intends to apply open research practices in their current work, if any other courses were attended, and what particular challenges were encountered in their work that this summer school addresses. The project outline should give a brief overview of future or recently started research projects, in which participants would like to apply open/ reproducible research practices. Applicants with projects in any area of empirical research are encouraged to apply. If more participants apply than can be accommodated, the organising committee will select participants on the basis of the project and experience that they describe. We will favor applicants that are novices but who have already identified a need for applying the skills acquired. If applicants are accepted, we require a signed form from the applicant’s supervisor/PI to show that they will support the use of transparent and reproducible practices in the applicant’s research project.

Costs

The course is free to attend.

Organised by

The BIH QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research, Berlin Institute of Health
and Reproducible Research Oxford, University of Oxford, Bodleian Libraries Oxford

Additional Funding

  • “Funded from the Berlin University Alliance as part of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and Countries”; 
  • Oxford–Berlin Research Partnership

Information about the upcoming Oxford | Berlin Summer School on Open Research 2021

Dates: September 20-23, 2021

Registration: Interested participants should register here.

Registration will close at the end of July 2021.

Venue: If the situation allows, the summer school will be conducted in a hybrid format, that is with local in person meetings organised at Oxford and in Berlin, and with the possibility to attend online. If lockdowns are in place, the summer school will run entirely online at one or both locations.

Contact: Please send questions to: summerschool_berlinoxford@bihealth.de

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