Keynote Speakers

At the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Ulrich Dirnagl is Professor for Clinical Neurosciences and serves as Director of the Department of Experimental Neurology. Since 2017 he is also the founding director of the QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research at the Berlin Institute of Health. QUEST aims at overcoming the roadblocks in translational medicine by increasing the value and impact of biomedical research through maximizing the quality, reproducibility, generalizability, and validity of research. In preclinical as well as in clinical studies Ulrich Dirnagl’s research has revealed pathobiology which impact on the outcome after a stroke. These include deleterious as well as endogenous protective mechanisms, as interactions of the brain with other systems of the body after it has been injured. Several of these mechanism can be therapeutically targeted, clinical trials are under way. In addition, through meta-research he was able to identify opportunities for improving research practice and to obtain evidence for the impact of interventions targeted to increase the value of biomedical research.

Candice C. Morey (PhD, University of Missouri, 2007) studies memory and attention and their development across the lifespan. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University, a member of the European Society of Cognitive Psychology's executive board, and editor of the Journal of Cognition, ESCoP's official open-access journal. Morey won the Psychonomic Society's Early Career Award in 2017.

Daniel Quintana (PhD, University of Sydney, 2013) is a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Center for Mental Disorders Research at the University of Oslo. While his primary research focus is in the field of biological psychiatry, he also works in the in the emerging discipline of meta-research, whose goal is to evaluate and improve research practices. He also co-hosts 'Everything Hertz', a bi-monthly podcast on methodology, scientific transparency, and research life in the biobehavioral sciences.

Workshop and Hands-on Instructors

Dr. Luiza Bengtsson is a biochemist turned science communicator. She went from life sciences research uncovering communication channels in cells to creating new channels for dialog between science and society. Luiza’s work centers around her motto: more science into society and more society into science, which she lives by organizing large science popularization events, training high school teachers and enabling art-science and citizen science co-operations. In the EU-Project ORION, Luiza heads the team responsible for developing training on Open Science and co-hosts and co-produces the ORION Open Science podcast. She’s also a co-founder of a professional development company Trekstones and of BesserWissen e.V., a non-profit dedicated to developing and spreading tools for critical thinking.

Sophia Crüwell is a first-year PhD student at the Meta-Research Innovation Centre Berlin (METRIC-B), researching scientific incentive structures. She is passionate about truly open and reproducible science, and co-created the popular journal club format ReproducibiliTea. She also co-hosts an ECR-focused Open Science podcast.

Florentine Frantz

Florentine Frantz is a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna. She works in the project Borderlands of Good Scientific Practice (PI: Ulrike Felt),  which investigates how research integrity is negotiated in diverse arenas and dealt with in practice. Her main research interests lie in studying the dynamics of contemporary academia as well as how and which socio-epistemic and institutional configurations matter for doing research, in particular doing ‘good’ research. Conceptions of what good, responsible or relevant research is and who should care for it vary a lot. In a globalized research system, researchers have to manoeuvre between competing value regimes, increasing bureaucratization of research processes and evermore importance of external funding. Florentine’s dissertation thesis focuses on the perspectives of researchers as central actors for doing good science.

Dr. Kai Horstmann

Kai Horstmann is a Post-Doc at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research focuses on the relation of personality traits and states, the assessment of personality states, and the description and measurement of situational characteristics. He regularly applies Open Science practices in his daily research and gives workshops to other early career researchers on how to implement Open Science in a practical way. He is the current graduate student representative of the Association for Research in Personality (ARP).

Dr. Laura Kaltwasser is a Post-Doc at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and a member of the Ethic’s committee of the Institute of Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since 2017. She investigates the concept of the self on multiple levels of analysis ranging from self-regulatory processes in the autonomous and central nervous system to social interaction in cooperation behavior modelled through game theory. A special focus lies on the assessment of socio-emotional processes in self and other. Recently she extended research to the clinical domain to study disturbances of selfhood in mental disorders by applying methods from computational psychiatry in a transdisciplinary account of the active self. A methodological strength of her research concerns large-sample-size modelling of inter- and intra-individual differences in brain-behavior relationships.

Frank Renkewitz is a senior lecturer at the University of Erfurt. He teaches statistics and research methods in psychology and has published a textbook on these topics. His research focuses on cognitive processes in decision making and risk perception in health decisions. More recently, he has also been doing meta-scientific research, for instance, on indications of publication bias in psychology. He was and is involved in several projects of the Open Science Collaboration, has organized conferences and workshops on open science, and currently edits a special issue with the title “The replication crisis and open science in psychology: Progress and yet unsolved problems”.

Daniel J. Schad did his PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Potsdam, working on mindless reading. He then did a post-doc at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin in computational psychiatry, where he studied basic processes of reward learning and decision-making. He now works at the University of Potsdam on methods in cognitive science.

Michaela Scheriau is a researcher at the Research Platform “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Academic Practice” at the University of Vienna. Her PhD project investigates the meanings and roles of (bio)ethics in assisted reproductive medicine, where she focuses on the aspects of external governance and self-regulation in such a medico-technical field. The broader phenomenon to which her research interest is dedicated to is to understand the (re)articulation(s) of science and law in the domain of assisted reproductive medicine and -biology by focusing on the role of bioethics as an intermediary space where scientific- and regulatory issues get negotiated and framed in particular ways. Under conditions of an increasing ethical demand within the science community, she is basically interested in the meaning and role of ethics in science and academia in general and its accompanying epistemic transformations. How does ethical reflection take place in science? Does ethics potentially jeopardize it, for instance, by delimiting the standards of scientific reflection? What "new" forms of social responsibility are imaginable and emerging in various scientific arenas?

Priya Silverstein is a third-year PhD student at Lancaster University in the UK. Her research takes place at Lancaster Babylab, investigating the specificity and replicability of infant sensitivity to communicative cues. She is always striving for open, reproducible, and diverse science.

Prof. Dr. Shravan Vasishth is professor of linguistics at the University of Potsdam, Germany and holds the chair Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics (Language Processing).  His research focuses on computational cognitive modeling, in particular, computational modeling of sentence processing in unimpaired and impaired populations, and the application of mathematical, computational, experimental, and statistical methods (particularly Bayesian methods) in linguistics and psychology. At the University of Potsdam, he has been actively involved in fostering open science and research transparency. He is a professional member of the Royal Statistical Society, and a member of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. He runs an annual summer school in statistics, Statistical Methods in Linguistics and Psychology (SMLP) at the University of Potsdam and he regularly teaches short (two days to one week long) courses on statistical data analysis (Bayesian and frequentist methods).

Panel Discussants

At Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Nina heads the “Stabsstelle” Berlin University Alliance. The Berlin University Alliance is the cooperation of the three Berlin universities FU, HU and TU Berlin as well as the Charité, which was successful in the Universities of Excellence funding line of the German government’s Excellence Strategy. In her role, Nina contributes to the goal to overcome institutional and disciplinary boundaries through cooperation in various areas in order to bring science to a new level.
During her PhD in Chemistry at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, a Post-Doc at the University of California Santa Barbara, and as a Max-Planck research group leader, where she worked with her team on the development of sustainable energy storage materials, Nina gained extensive experience in research. During this time, she also completed a Master's degree in Science Marketing (Social Innovation). Through working then on a scientific spin-off project for sustainable materials and in an IT start-up for 3D printing, she also gained insights into technology transfer and product management.
The topics innovation, science, transfer and personal development are important to her.


Martina Franzen is a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanties (KWI). She received her PhD from the faculty of sociology at the University of Bielefeld in 2010. From 2009-2014 she was a project leader at the Institute for Science and Technology Studies in Bielefeld in the BMBF programme “New Governance of Science”. In 2014, she moved to the research group science policy studies at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center to develop her research programme on open science in the context of digitilasation. She covers the fields of science studies, media research, evaluation research and sociological theory. Her current research activities focus on open science in its multiple facets to develop both an analytical framework and a critical understanding of actual changes in the science-policy nexus. Latest publications include "Die digitale Transformation der Wissenschaft" („The digital transformation of science“) (in Beiträge zur Hochschulforschung, 4/2018).

Dr. Tobias Grimm is head of the division life sciences-2 “Microbiology, Immunology, Neurosciences” at the German Research Foundation (DFG). He studied biology at the University of Würzburg and completed a PhD at the University of Lübeck. Further, he also earned an MBA in science management from the University of Oldenburg for which he received a fellowship from the Stifterverband. His work focuses on political, ethical, and scientific issues around the topic of stem-cell research as well as on central aspects and questions regarding good scientific practice and the scientific publication system.

Mariella Paul is a doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS) in cooperation with the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. In her thesis project, she investigates the neurophysiological underpinnings of grammar learning in early childhood. Mariella is an eLife Community ambassador and very active in the Open Science initiative at MPI-CBS. In both these roles, she promotes the use of Open Science practices to improve reproducibility and transparency in research. One of Mariella’s goals is to facilitate the use of preregistrations in the neuroimaging community.

Dr. Lorna Stimson

As Wiley’s Publishing Director for Germany, Dr Lorna Stimson is responsible for partnerships with the German research community associated with the ground-breaking agreement signed by Wiley and Projekt DEAL in January 2019. Lorna studied chemistry at the University of Durham (UK) and was engaged in postdoctoral researcher in computational biophysics before embarking on a career in publishing. Working in Wiley’s in-house editorial offices in Germany, Lorna was Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for a number journals at the interface of physical and life science. In her current role Lorna aspires to promote Open Research and excellence in publishing. 

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