Scientific fraud and misconduct by Dr Stuart Ritchie
A lecturer at King’s College London, Stuart is one of the early fire-starters of the Open Science movement, who has since established himself to be a versatile researcher. His talk is on scientific fraud and misconduct, which are the subject of his new book Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype.
Questionable research practices by Dr Amy Orben
Amy is a research fellow noted for her work on mental health and screen time, for which she has been invited to many public engagements (including the BBC) and has given evidence to inform public policy. Amy is perhaps best known as one of the co-founders of ReprodcubiliTea, which has gone truly global and is an inspiration to us all. She also campaigns and teaches extensively with the goal of moving us away from questionable research practices, which she will cover in her talk.
Publication and citation bias by Prof Dorothy Bishop
Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology is just one of the many achievements Dorothy Bishop can claim. An ardent and astonishingly prolific advocate of transparency and reproducibility (as evidenced by BishopBlog), Dorothy is one of key figures in the UK Reproducibility Network, where she currently sits as chair of the advisory board. Who better than to write a watershed piece about the four horsemen of irreproducibility, one of which — publication and its menacing twin citation bias — is the basis for her presentation.
Research ecosystem and incentives by Prof Marcus Munafo
Bringing the talks by Stuart, Amy, and Dorothy into focus is Marcus Munafo, Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Bristol. Marcus is a central figure in dealing with the reproducibility crisis by way of addressing its causes (namely inappropriate incentives), and is the lead author on the manifesto which I think we all do (and should) subscribe to.
UK Reproducibility Network by Prof Laura Fortunato
Associate Professor at the University of Oxford and Sante Fe Institute, Laura has a keen interest in the evolution of human social and cultural behaviour, combining anthropology with biology in her work. She has also made significant contributions in teaching effective computing for research reproducibility. Laura is also a member of the Steering Group for the UK Reproducibility Network, which she is about to tell you much more about!
Importance of Registered Reports by Anne Scheel
Anne has been hooked on the “replication crisis” in psychology for some time, switching from infant research to focus on meta-science. A switch we’re all glad she made. A PhD Student under Daniël Lakens’, she is part of the project “Increasing the reliability and efficiency of psychological science” at Eindhoven University of Technology. On any open science topic Anne is an expert, but today she will talk on Registered Reports, which is what I hope to become the default approach to conducting research.
Teaching reproducibility in undergraduates by Dr Kate Button
Kate’s work focuses on the cognitive mechanisms that contribute to common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. She is also an incredibly useful advocate for the use of rigorous research practices, publishing on statistical power, reliability (or lack of) in experimental research. She sits on several scientific advisory panels, including the steering group for Registered Reports, and is key to developing innovative methods for improving the rigour of undergraduate and taught-masters research projects.
Roundtable with JISC, ReproducibiliTea, UCL Press, Wellcome Trust, and UKRIO
To finish the conference, we were joined by an esteem panel of discussants who have tried exert positive change through a variety of initiatives. The panel is made up of Lara Speicher (Head of Publishing at UCL Press), Victoria Moody (Research strategy lead at JISC), Ben Bleasdale (Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor at Wellcome Trust), James Parry (Chief Executive of UK Research Integrity Office), Sam Parsons (co-founder of ReproducibiliTea and FORRT, the framework for open and reproducible research training), and Sophia Crüwell (co-founder of ReproducibiliTea)