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(In)Credible Research - ECR Conference Online-Conference 2021

The interdisciplinary online conference on "Good Science" takes place every October.

With lectures, discussions and workshops, everything revolves around the quality, integrity and credibility of science.

The conference motto in 2021 was "Science and Communication".

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About the conference

After last year's great success, the interdisciplinary conference entered its second round on the 7th and 8th of October 2021. Under this year's motto "Science and Communication", numerous lectures, discussions and interactive workshops took place on topics such as science and communication, mental health, science in social media, reproducibility and more. The program was complemented by interactive networking opportunities, a pub quiz, music by local bands, and more.
PhD students and Postdocs from all disciplines were invited to attend!

Who we are

The discipline-independent online conference was organized by Charité and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) as part of the Graduate Studies Support of the Berlin University Alliance. (In)Credible Research was organized and conducted by a group of doctoral students for doctoral students at the Berlin University Alliance.

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(In)credible Research - What do we mean with that?

Studies that present clean, positive (i.e., hypothesis confirming) results, tell good stories, and make spectacular claims are more likely to be published than studies that find negative (i.e., not different from null), inconclusive, or mixed results and report them transparently.
The title we chose refers to this tension: Science needs to be credible rather than incredible.
Publication bias, lack of reproducibility, replicability, and transparency damage the credibility of research and distort the representation of knowledge in the literature. In the long run, this is detrimental to science as a collaborative enterprise that seeks to approximate truth about the world we live in and erodes the public's trust in the research they fund.

For a more comprehensive discussion see Simine Vazire's article "Do We Want to Be Credible or Incredible?" published in the Observer of the Association of Psychological Science: here.

Our Mission

Conference Objectives

Why are we focusing on “science and communication” and what exactly do we want the ECRs to learn/experience through the conference?

Over the past year, it has become ever more evident how important communication of scientific evidence is. We have seen how effective communication can be challenging in the time of infodemic. What is the role of ECRs in science communication, and how can we be most effective? How can we strike a balance between timeliness and scientific integrity? How can we ensure transparency? These are the types of questions we want to address through the conference this year: “(In)credible Research – Science and Communication”. More specifically, we aim to:

  • Spotlight the current state of science communication
  • Promote learning about science communication tools that ECRs can implement in their daily work
  • Educate and empower ECRs to improve the quality and robustness of scientific work throughout the research process
  • Provide a forum for exchange about challenges ECRs face in our work
  • Facilitate environment for cross-disciplinary collaboration

The trip continues

Last year, ECR 2020 “(In)credible Research - for Credibility, Integrity and Reproducibility of Research” took place in October as an online conference for the very first time. Approximately 150 participants, from a broad range of disciplines including medicine, physics, law, neuroscience, economics, and psychology , attended the conference and around 50 actively took part in the open discussion. We aimed to hear from all participants about their experience as ECRs in Berlin and recommend changes to improve the situation of ECRs in Berlin.

According to the evaluation from ECR 2020, (In)credible Research conference was highly recommended to young researchers as a great opportunity to think outside the box and shine light on inherent problems of the scientific community; as well as a great platform to transfer knowledge on good scientific practice, to raise awareness of the credibility crisis in research and to discuss challenges.


Information on the lectures and workshops will be provided shortly.

Thursday, 7. October

Änderungen vorbehalten, Stand: 30.09.2021



Topics and Persons


8.45 - 9.00




9.00 - 9:15


by Geraldine Rauch


9.15 - 10.30


Increasing impact: how to communicate schience to non-expert audiences by Dr. Tobias Maier


10.30 - 10.45

Coffee break



10.45 - 12.15

Workshop-Round 1

Squiggly lines can be scientific too: caroonifying your research with Pedromics by Pedro Velica ; Female empowerment – How we can have it all by Prof. Joëlle Rüegg ; Reproducibility and Replications by Dr. Ulf Tölch ; Networking: tips & tricks for the right strategy and having fun doing it by Dominique Leikauf ; Teaching as an Early Career Scientist: Part 1 Learning objectives in university teaching by Dr. Natalie Enders


12.15 - 13.15

Lunch break

Yoga by Yoga on the Move


13.15 - 14.30

Lecture-Round 1

On philosophy of science by Prof. Dr. Axel Gelfert


14.30 - 14.40

Coffee break



14.40 - 16.10

Workshop-Round 2

Amplify the reach of your research with open access by Jenny Delasalle ; Modern world of work – keep it, change it, leave it by Kerstin Findeisen ; Power abuse – what can we – early career researchers – do to tackle it? by Marta Oliveira ; Teaching as an Early Career Scientist: Part 2 – What consitutes effective university teaching? by Dr. Natalie Enders


16.10 - 16:20

Coffee break



16.20 - 17.20


How can science be more credible? Biased research and fake news with Dr. Ulf Tölch (Moderator), Prof. Dr. Axel Gelfert, Dr. Sonia Boender, Sophia Crüwell


17.20 - 17.45




17.45 - End

Social Evening Online-Event



Friday, 8. October

Änderungen vorbehalten, Stand: 30.09.2021



Themen und Personen


9.00 - 9.15 Uhr




9.15 - 10.30 Uhr


In Limbo – Challenges of Communications Between Science and Politics by Prof. Nicole Grobert


10.30 - 10.45 Uhr

Coffe break



10.45 - 12.15 Uhr

Workshop-Round 3

Improve your skills in how to Visualize your Science by Andreas Dahlin ; Reinventing societies – utopia in industry and research by Lino Zeddies ; How to integrate mixed methods into your study: opportunities and challenges by Prof. Dr. Judtih Schoonenboom ; (In)credible researchers – creating diverse research teams in a diverse world by Jakob Feldtfos Christensen


12.15 - 13.15 Uhr

Lunch break

Meditation by Yoga on the Move


13.15 - 14.30 Uhr

Lecture-Round 2

From the lab to the newsroom: Transitioning to science journalism by Diana Kwon


14.30 - 14.45 Uhr

Coffee break


14.45 - 15.45 Uhr


Does great responsibility come with great power? Research and responsibility with Dr. Tracey Weissgerber (Moderator), Prof. Dr. Annette Leßmöllmann, Dr. Heidi Seibold, Dr. Andreas Scheu


15.45-16.15 Uhr



Informationen zur Registrierung

It is possible to receive ECTS points for the active participation in the conference or the Charité will issue a certificate of participation for submission to the doctoral office of the respective university. More information about the calculation of ECTS points at the Charité can be found here.

If you need any assistance to make this conference more accessible, for example an ASL or DGS interpreter, subtitles or large text, please send us an email and we will be happy to arrange it.

Our target agroup
The conference, which deals with facets of good scientific practice in the context of a PhD, is primarily aimed at doctoral students and postdocs from the four BUA partner universities (FU/HU/TU/Charité). Young researchers from other universities as well as students interested in pursuing a doctorate may be admitted if there is sufficient capacity.

Code of Conduct

(In)credible Research is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Meet the Team