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We continously develop and implement practice oriented education formats. Here you will find information on our new formats, where course participants gain hands on experience with implementing skills in their own research.

Participant-guided learn by doing meta-research course

In the participant-guided learn by doing meta-research course, a multidisciplinary team of early career researchers from different departments and universities learn to conduct meta-research by working together to design, conduct and publish a meta-research study (Course information, Sample publication).

Current course dates and more information about the course you will find here. 

ReproducibiliTeach course

The ReproducibiliTeach course consists of 8 workshops. In each session, participants implement a different technique to improve rigor, reproducibility and transparency in their own research.

Topics include:

  • using reporting guidelines
  • implementing blinding and randomisation plans
  • using RRIDs to specify exactly what materials were used
  • depositing protocols
  • creating flow charts to report attrition
  • preparing to share open data
  • identifying and fixing common data visualisation problems
  • reporting statistical analyses transparently

Current course dates and more information about the course you will find here.

Publish My Protocol course

In Publish My Protocol, participants deposit their protocols on protocols.io and prepare a companion Lab Protocol article to submit to PLOS One. This unique publication format allows scientists to share high quality reproducible protocols in a format that can be updated as the protocol evolves, while getting credit for their methods development work by publishing a peer reviewed article.

Current course dates and more information about the course you will find here.

Virtual brainstorming events

QUEST members have also pioneered the development of virtual brainstorming events, where experts engage in 2-3 days of virtual discussions on a selected theme. Insights gained from these discussions are shared with the scientific community through papers, recommendations and talks. This unique, inclusive virtual unconference format combines virtual networking with intensive discussions on online message boards and virtual meetings.
Past events have led to recommendations for empowering early career researchers to improve research culture and practice and guidelines suggesting actions that early career researchers and supervisors can take to improve the mental health of early career researchers during the pandemic.

Recommendations from a recent event focusing on how to implement open and reproducible research practices after attending a reproducibility workshop can be found here. Virtual brainstorming events are particularly useful for facilitating in depth, asynchronous discussions among participants in different cities, countries and continents. 


Dr. Tracey Weissgerber

Head of research group

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Contact information
Phone:+49 30 450 543 009