“Beware: Results May Vary” - Workshop on Openness as a Means of Enhancing Research Quality

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The Workshop on Openness as a Means of Enhancing Research Quality titled “Beware: Results May Vary” takes place at the University of Manchester's Core Technology Facility, on 28th February 2020.

The workshop is organised by Software Sustainability Institute Fellow Andrew Stewart and co-hosted by the Software Sustainability Institute and the UK Reproducibility Network.  The workshop brings together key organisational and domain decision makers and knowledgeable people in the area of software sustainability and reproducible research practices across the North West Open Research Hub.

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Workshop Details

Date: February 28th, 14:00-17:30

Location: Dalton Room, University of Manchester Core Technology Facility,
46 Grafton Street, Manchester M13 9WU


The workshop consists of a series of talks exploring how we can improve the quality of the research we carry out through the adoption of open and reproducible research practices. This is an opportunity to meet and learn from fellow researchers from universities belonging to the North West Open Research Hub. The topics of the talks include:

  • Introductions to the UK Reproducibility Network and the Software Sustainability Institute
  • Experiences that early career researchers have had with engaging in open research practices and building communities
  • The importance of research software engineering in reproducible research
  • Exploring whether the current academic system effectively rewards bad research practices
  • Experiences with setting research policy at national and international levels
  • And a keynote talk from Professor Dorothy Bishop FRS from the University of Oxford on “Four cognitive biases that make it hard to do science well - and how to overcome them”.

The talks will be followed at 17:30 by a reception for all attendees. This event is open to everyone with early career researchers being particularly welcome!


The event is free to attend but please do register via EventBrite as spaces are limited.


For further information, please contact the workshop organiser Andrew.Stewart@manchester.ac.uk.

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