Transparency and rigor are the foundation of valuable research. Current scientific systems, however, create environments for example at universities that focus strongly on excellence. Across various scientific disciplines, this tension has led to research results that are in many cases not reproducible and are thus of reduced or even no value. To remedy this situation, the QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research has been founded at Charité University hospital in Berlin, the largest university hospital in Europe. In this talk, I will present some of the initiatives that we have started to improve the scientific quality at our institution. I will highlight implementations of infrastructures that foster transparency, give an overview of our educational programmes towards reproducible science, and report on the long and not always successful processes of changing institutional policies.
9:30-10.30am Ulf Toelch, Officer Education Training and Quality in Research, Berlin Institute of Health
10.30-11.00am School morning tea
11:00-11.30am April Clyburne-Sherin, freelance trainer
11.30-12noon Jason Williams, Assistant Director, External Collaborations at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, DNALC