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(In)Credible Research 2022: SustainAbility of Science

Interdisciplinary Online Conference for Early Career Researchers

13 & 14 October 2022


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

Conference language: English

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About the conference

After the great success of the last two years, the interdisciplinary conference entered its third round on 13 and 14 October 2022. Under this year's motto "SustainAbility of Science", numerous lectures, discussions and interactive workshops took place in the field of Good Science.

The (In)Credible Research conference 2022 was all about sustainability in science! All early career researchers, doctoral candidates and postdocs alike, were invited. The conference addressed three distinct aspects of sustainability, each of which has recently seen broad interest in the academic community and general media.  

Firstly, for ecological sustainability we asked how you scientists can save materials and energy in your you’re their everyday lab work, but also, how institutions and infrastructures can be planned and operated more efficiently. The energy- and supply crisis has catapulted this issue high up the agenda of both policymakers and laboratory managers alike. Can we do research without exhausting our resources? 

Secondly, economic sustainability means to be able to pursue a realistic career as a junior scientist. The topic has received attention lately in the #IchBinHanna debate, criticizing not only the salary, but also contract durations, working conditions and predictability. Often, short-term contracts in varying countries are the norm even after finishing the doctorate. We ask: Is it sustainable to work as a scientist?  

Thirdly, with mental and physical sustainability we addressed an issue which has shown its urgency most recently in the Covid crisis. Early career researchers are facing pressure and insecurity from various sides. This goes far beyond problems with the actual research. Moving from one short-time job to the next, scientistswe repeatedly need to find a new social networknew friends, get to know a new administration, and adapt our their relationships and family to this. Unclear career paths, lack of mentoring and high competition only exacerbates stress and exhaustion. Can academia be mentally sustainable for the people living in it?for scientists who chose this career path?

The discipline-independent online conference is organized by Charité in cooperation with the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) as part of the Graduate Studies Support of the Berlin University Alliance. (In)Credible Research is 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.


Information on the lectures and workshops will be provided shortly.

Thursday, October 13th 2022

Änderungen vorbehalten, Stand: 27.09.2022



Topics and people

8.45 - 9.00



9.00 - 9:15

Intro & Greeting

Opening & Welcome Address by Susanne Michl, Vice Dean of Education at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

9.15 - 10.30


Doughnut science: seven ways to think like a 21st-century academic by Anne Urai

10.30 - 10.45

Coffee break


10.45 - 12.15

Workshops: Ecological Sustainability

Building a Global Culture of Sustainability in Science by Svenja Bolz; Reducing the carbon footprint as an individual and as a scientist by Dr. Jürgen Knödlseder; The Carbon Footprint of Academic Conferences and Ways to Minimize it by Dr. Sebastian Jäckle ; Our path to a sustainable MDC: Sustainability management in non-university research organizations by Michael Hinz

12.15 - 13.15

Lunch break

Plant Power: A climate-friendly cook-along by Doris Müllner (12:15-12:45)

13.15 - 14.30


Unsustainable Academia: How Precarious Working Conditions Affect the Quality of Research by Amrei Bahr

14.30 - 14.40

Coffee break


14.40 - 16.10

Workshops: Economic Sustainability

Economic sustainability in the academic system by Dr. Nina Marsh; Economic sustainability in research by Alexander Schiller; Gender and sustainability in HE and Academia  - economic focus by Sharon Elliot; How to change a running system? Foundations of communication and negotiation for managing inequalities in research contracts by Verena Claudia Haage

16.10 - 16:20

Coffee break


16.20 - 17.20


How can ecological research be also economical research? with Amrei Bahr, Dr. Jürgen Knödlseder, Dr. Sebastian Jäckle and Nina Marsh, Moderator Ulf Töch

17.20 - 17.45



17.45 - End

Social Event in Gather!

Get Connected and Discuss the SustainAbility of Science Moderation and guiding by Amanda Wichert

Friday, October 14th 2022

Änderungen vorbehalten, Stand: 27.09.2022



Topics and People


9.00 - 9.15 Uhr


Opening by Manasa Reddy Gummi


9.15 - 10.30 Uhr


Including the Researcher in the Research: Enhancing physical and mental sustainability in academia among ECRs by Nicolas Outa


10.30 - 10.45 Uhr

Coffee break



10.45 - 12.15 Uhr

Workshops: Mental and Physical Sustainability

Landing in your Ph.D.: New city, new University what now? by Julia de Freitas Sampaio; Mental Health in Academia: Status-quo and practical implications for ECRs' well-being by Sandra Naumann and Majed Kikhia; Managing Upwards: Optimizing student-supervisor communications to support wellbeing by Wendy Marie Ingram; Physical and mental sustainability in research by Alexander Schiller; Gender and Well-being: Sustainable mental-health by Sharon Elliot; Imposter Phenomenon: Definitions and remedies in a research environment by Olya Vvedenskaya; The Power of Breath: Strengthen your stress resilience by Doris Müllner


12.15 - 13.15 Uhr

Lunch break

Recharge and Restore: Grounding lunch yoga by Doris Müllner (12:45 - 13:15)


13.15 - 14.30 Uhr


A Scientist's Primer on Mental Health by Olya Vvedenskaya


14.30 - 14.45 Uhr

Coffee break


14.45 - 15.45 Uhr

Workshop & Outro

Take-Home Learning and Closing by Doris Pischedda



Participants can look forward to the following speakers, among others: Dr. Jürgen Knödlseder, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie; Michael Hinz, Max-Delbrück-Center Berlin; Dr. Nina Marsh, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation; Nicholas Outa, Kenya's Maseno University Julia de Freitas Sampaio, Humbolt University of Berlin; Anne Urai, Universiteit Leiden; Svenja Bolz, btS – Life Sciences Studierendeninitiative e.V.; Dr. Sebastian Jäckle, Universität Freiburg, Doris Müllner, Berlin; Amrei Bahr, Universität Stuttgart; Alexander Schiller, Schiller & Mertens; Sandra Naumann and Majed Kikhia, Scholar Minds; Olya Vvedenskaya, Dragonfly Mental Health, Sharon Elliot, Thr Researcher Developement Partnership, Cambridge, England

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

At the (In)credible Research Conference, no one may be discriminated against on the grounds of racism, ethnic origin, gender, religion or world view, disability, sexual identity or age. We are committed to treating everyone with respect! We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants who violate these rules may be excluded from the conference at the discretion of the organizing team.