Webinar Report: How ECRs can improve training and research quality at their institutions

In this month’s webinar our speakers discussed how you can inspire a change in culture at your institution, improve research quality and influence good research practices.

Early-career researchers make up a large proportion of the scientific workforce. Therefore, they can have immense power when it comes to improving the research culture in their immediate research niche or institutions. In this webinar, panellists discussed how early-career researchers can influence and improve the quality of research as well as the way research is performed at their institutions.

You can say things because they are right and you can help move institutions that are big ships that have been around for centuries to steer in a direction that is right.


Vinodh Ilangovan, Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, and member of the eLife Early-Career Advisory Group.

About the speakers

Verena Heise, Intermediate Fellow, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford (https://www.ndph.ox.ac.uk/team/verena-heise). Verena is co-organizer of the Berlin-Oxford summer school. She shares her various presentations about open and reproducible research on the Open Science Framework at https://osf.io/5rfm6/.

Useful links Verena has provided:

Further training resources:

If you are looking for tips on how to get involved in Open/Reproducible Research activities Verena has mentioned some examples here.

Verena is also happy for you to contact her directly if you have any further questions - verena.heise@mail.de

Sophia Cruewell, PhD Candidate, Meta-Research Innovation Centre, Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Berlin (https://cruwell.com/). Sophia is co-founder of the ReproducibiliTea journal club movement, which now has over 70 groups around the world.

Useful links Sophia has provided:

Peter Grabitz, Research Fellow, BIH-QUEST Center, Berlin which runs projects on reproducibility and openness of biomedical research. During his studies Peter co-organised a community of students that campaigned for better Conflict of Interests policies on campus.


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