Promoting quality in science through infrastructure, education, and policy change at a large biomedical research institution


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


Date & time

9.30am–12pm 29 October 2019


Slatyer Seminar Room, N2011, Level 2, RN Robertson Building (46)


Ulf Toelch, Berlin Institute of Health


 Benjamin Schwessinger
 6125 7794

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