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Here you can find out everything about the workshops, talks, keynotes/lectures, panels and the speakers of (In)Credible Research!

There will be two rounds of talks, two keynotes/lectures, two panel discussions and three workshops.

We hope you have fun and look forward to seeing you! (Presentation in English)

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Day 1 Round 1: Thursday 12th October, 11:45-14:15

Conflict of Interest

Keynote: A New Frontier in Research Ethics? Psychedelics, Empathogens, & Dissociative Drugs

Facilitator: Lori Bruce, MSc, Yale University


Lori Bruce is a bioethicist at the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University and founder of the Community Bioethics Forum at Yale School of Medicine.   

Her work in bioethics includes ethical policymaking; ethics of psychedelics; informed consent; and amplifying the voices and values of community members in health policy. She directs Yale’s Summer Institute in Bioethics, serves on IRBs addressing AI, data repositories, and human subjects research at Yale, and is a Contributing Editor for Hastings Center journals and Associate Editor for Disability, Inclusion, & Technology for the Journal of Human-Technology Relations. Her work has been covered by media outlets including NBC CT & the New York Times. 

Day & Time:  Day1 Round 1, Thursday 12th October, 12:30 - 12:45

Talk: Managing conflicts of interest in early career research

Facilitator: Wendy Lipworth, PhD, Macquarie University

Talk description: 

This presentation will explain what conflicts of interest are and why they are an inevitable part of –even early—academic life. The presentation will include a personal case study of a conflict of interest experience.


Wendy Lipworth (MBBS MSc PhD) is Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research sits at the intersection of ethics and epistemology, with a focus on the ethics of health innovation. She is particularly interested in devising ways to maintain and improve the rigour and integrity of research, policymaking and practice in the face of rapid scientific, commercial and socio-political change. 

Day & Time: Day 1 Round 1, Thursday 12th October, 12:45 - 13:00


Talk: Racism and Bioethics: Global Implications

Facilitator: Nia Johnson JD, PhD, Harvard University


In a world that has become increasingly divided, old themes of exclusion and discrimination show themselves again. This talk aims to talk about racism, colonization, and the impact anti-blackness has on health in the western world.


Nia Johnson’s scholarship lies at the intersection of health policy, bioethics, race, and the law. Her work aims to study implicit biases and explicit discrimination in the delivery of healthcare throughout the United States. The goals of her work are to create a more equitable society and in the process uncover gaps in the equitable distribution of healthcare resources. Her work accomplishes this by empirically studying the impact of anti-Black racism in the healthcare system, examining where the law has been a tool for accomplishing better healthcare allocation, and where it may undermine the healthcare interests of Black Americans. Nia received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at Oakwood University, her Masters of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and her law degree from Boston University School of Law. While attending Boston University School of Law, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Law and Medicine from 2018-2019. She then obtained her Ph.D. in Health Policy, with a concentration in Political Analysis, from Harvard University in 2023. 

Day & Time: Day 1 Round 1, Thursday 12th October, 13:00 - 13:15

Talk: Conflict of interest in research: the allure of money and fame

Facilitator: Barbara Bierer, MD, Harvard University

Talk description:

In research, conflicts of interest, whether perceived or real, are almost inevitable. What is important is to understand conflict, and the appearance of conflict, and mitigate its effect. This discussion will introduce the audience to the subtle and not-so-subtle influence of conflicts. It is important to recognize the nature of conflicts, the institutional responsibilities to manage them, and the positive role of transparency and openness.  


Barbara E. Bierer, M.D., a hematologist-oncologist, is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Dr. Bierer co-founded and now leads the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of BWH and Harvard (MRCT Center,, a collaborative effort to improve standards for the planning and conduct of international clinical trials to harmonize policies for and approaches to clinical trial regulation.

Day & Time: Day 1 Round 1, Thursday 12th October, 13:15 - 13:30

Panel discussion: Conflict of Interest

Moderation: Lori Bruce; Panelists: Nia Johnson, Barbara Bierer

Day & Time: Day 1 Round 1, 12th October, 13:35 - 14:15

Day 1 Round 2: Thursday 12th October, 14:45-17:20

AI & Diversity and inclusion in science

Talk: Diversity and Inclusion in AI: beyond bias and towards AI as complex sociotechnical systems

Facilitator: Dr. Olya Kudina, TU Delft


Olya Kudina is an Assistant Professor in Ethics/Philosophy of Technology exploring the dynamic interaction between values and technologies. She combines the phenomenological and pragmatist focus with cultural sensitivity to study morality as an evolving system. Her expertise in empirical philosophy helps Olya to connect ethics and design in fostering responsible human-AI collaborations, with a recent focus on AI in (mental) healthcare. Olya holds a PhD degree in Philosophy of Technology from the University of Twente. Her previous work outside academia adds to her skill-set areas of diplomacy, (inter)governmental work, data protection and privacy. 

Day & Time: Day 1 Round 2, !2th October, 15:00 - 15:20

Talk: Responsible AI

Facilitator: Dr. Dr. Seth Christopher Yaw Appiah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology


Dr. Dr. Seth Christopher Yaw Appiah is an eclectic scholar with trans and cross-disciplinary research interest and expertise spanning the fields medical sociology, Ethics, implementation science, infectious disease, pediatric HIV, sexuality and social medicine, population health with focus on child and maternal health, gender and human rights law, social policy and social protection, migration health and responsible Artificial Intelligence. He cherishes the application of mixed methods paradigm in his work and loves teaching it. 

Day & Time: Day 1 Round 2, 12th October, 15:20 - 15:40

Talk: Disability-centered AI and algorithmic policy

Facilitator: Yonah Welker

Talk description:

The proposed session covers the future of AI and policy (including the EU AI Act) through the lens of individuals with facial asymmetry, different gestures, gesticulation, communication styles, behavior and action pattern. In particular, people with disabilities, cognitive and sensory impairments, autism spectrum disorders. It also addresses misuse and silos including categories of algorithms, the challenges of high and unacceptable-risk systems.


Yonah is a technology explorer, public expert and influencer for the algorithmic spectrum - algorithms, tech and policies addressing human capacity, wellbeing, ability, such as social and human-centered AI and robotics. It includes the co-creation of emerging technologies and algorithms, screening, evaluating and cooperating with national, public and private projects and funds, co-contributing to policy, ethics and research frameworks, curating experiential projects and experiments. Driven by their own journey, Yonah has spent over 60 world appearances and commentary to bring awareness to social and assistive technologies, AI and robotics for cognitive disabilities, health, education, work. 

Day & Time: Day 1 Round 2, 12th October, 15:40 - 16:00

Panel discussion: How can AI promote diversity and inclusion in science?

Moderator: Stanley Tio Andeobu; Panelists: Olya Kudina, Seth Appiah, Yonah Welker


Stanley Tio Andeobu holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Philosophy degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, respectively. Alongside his exceptional academic achievements, he is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Software Engineering at Veritas University, Abuja. He also holds a position as the Coordinator in Research and Development for the department, where he spearheads innovative research initiatives to offer solutions to Industrial needs. With expertise in Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Cyber Security, and Wireless Communication Networks, he strives to make technological solutions more accessible to diverse populations.

Day & Time: Day 1 Round 2, 12th October, 16:10 - 17:00

Day 2 Round 1: Friday 13th October, 09:00 - 12:00

Methodology in Science

Workshop: Statistical significance: Deconstructing the most misunderstood concept in science

Facilitator: Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Dirnagl, BIH, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin


In preclinical as well as in clinical studies Ulrich Dirnagl’s research has revealed pathobiology which impact on the outcome after a stroke. Several of these mechanisms 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. At the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Ulrich Dirnagl is Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and served as founding director of the Department of Experimental Neurology from 1999 until 2022. Since 2017 he is also the founding director of the QUEST Center for Responsible 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. 

Day & Time: Day 2 Round 1, 13th October, 09:30 - 10:30

Workshop: A Quality Approach to Qualitative Research & the Total Quality Framework

Facilitator: Margaret R. Roller, Roller Research, Gloucester, Virginia

Workshop description:

The Total Quality Framework (TQF) is a comprehensive and principled approach to conceptualizing, implementing, and interpreting qualitative research. The TQF is intended to maximize data quality and help instill users’ confidence in the research outcomes. This brief workshop will cover (a) the distinctive attributes and important constructs in qualitative research from a quality-research perspective; (b) the TQF – the rationale behind the framework and an explanation of each of the four components, and (c) examples of how to apply the TQF to qualitative research methods, qualitative research proposals, and literature reviews.


Margaret R. Roller, M.A. is an independent consultant who has worked for more than 40 years in both qualitative and quantitative methods. Prior to forming her consulting firm, she held corporate-side research managerial positions. As an independent consultant, Margaret works with commercial, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. Margaret has written and spoken extensively on quality approaches to research design. She is the lead author of Applied Qualitative Research Design: A Total Quality Framework Approach (Roller and Lavrakas, 2015), and her blog – Research Design Review – has been a resource for the research and academic community since 2009.

Day & Time: Day 2 Round 1, 13th October, 10:45 - 11:45

Day 2 Round 2: Friday 13th October, 14:00 - 18:00

Work-Life-Balance for Early Career Scientists (In-Person)

Venue: Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Lehrgebäude - Forum 3, Kursraum 1 (2nd Floor), Weststraße, 13353 Berlin

Keynote/Lecture: Good research needs good working conditions

Facilitator: Dr. Rima-Maria Rahal, Max Planck Institute Bonn

Talk description:

High-quality research requires appropriate employment and working conditions for researchers. However, many academic systems rely on short-term employment contracts, biased selection procedures and misaligned incentives, which hinder research quality and progress. We discuss ways to redesign academic systems, emphasizing the role of permanent employment.


Rima-Maria Rahal received her PhD from Leiden University for her work on cognitive decision processes in social and moral dilemmas, which she completed at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. After positions in Frankfurt and Tilburg, she is now a Senior Research Fellow at the Bonn MPI, and holds the interim professorship for Social Psychology in Heidelberg. She is an alumna of the Fellowship Program Free Knowledge, in the scope of which she created an online course on basics of empirical investigations while implementing open research practices. As a steering group member of the German Reproducibility Network, she works on promoting systematic change towards Openness in research. 

Day & Time: Day 2 Round 2, Friday 13th October, 14:00 - 15:15

Venue: Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Lehrgebäude - Forum 3, Kursraum 1 (2nd Floor), Weststraße, 13353 Berlin

Workshop: Work-Life Balance in Action: How and when to (actually) say no to your supervisor

Facilitator: Amanda Wichert, WITOS

Workshop description:

In this workshop, we'll explore how to take a sustainable approach to doing science. We'll learn about what your supervisor expects from you when you have too much on your plate, how to (really) say no to tasks and asks that take up more time than you have, and how to decide what to say no to. We'll take a hands-on approach to managing challenging requests and explore a straightforward technique to guide decision-making, set boundaries for work, and manage those guilty feelings that make saying no so difficult.

This workshop is interactive, so you'll have a chance to meet other early career researchers and connect! Stay after the workshop for an afternoon of networking and snacks.


Amanda Wichert has been working in adult and continuing education since 2003, and has worked with corporate clients, universities, research institutions, and non-profits in the US and in Germany. Amanda is originally from the US and relocated to Berlin in 2008. Since her move, she has worked primarily as a trainer, instructor, consultant, and coach with a focus on well-being at work and in academia. Her workshop topics include diversity and intercultural communication, mental health in academia, and career (re)orientation for (international) researchers. She co-founded WITOS Berlin with her partners Myriam Rubert and Corinna Honsu in 2015. Her workshops and trainings are participant-focused, interactive, and hands-on.

Day & Time: Day 2 Round 2, Friday 13th October, 15:30 - 16:30

Venue: Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Lehrgebäude - Forum 3, Kursraum 1 (2nd Floor), Weststraße, 13353 Berlin