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.

9:30-10.00am   Jason Williams, Assistant Director, External Collaborations at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, DNALC

10:00-10.30am April Clyburne-Sherin, freelance trainer

10:30-11:00am break

11:00-11:45am Ulf Toelch, Officer Education Training and Quality in Research, Berlin Institute of Health