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Using meta-research to improve science: a participant-guided “learn by doing” Course

Jun 29, 2020

Intensive course

What is meta-research?

Meta-research is research on research. Meta-research, or science of science studies, can help us to improve science by identifying common problems with the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of scientific studies. This allows us to develop targeted solutions to improve scientific research. Meta-research may also examine other topics that influence research practices, including hiring and promotion practices, educational programs, journal guidelines and funding agency policies.

Course Overview

In this participant guided learn by doing course, students will work as a team to complete a meta-research study. All participants will be listed as authors on a meta-research paper, which will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication at the conclusion of the course. After completing the course, students will be able to apply the skills that they have learned to address problems in their own fields.

Course language: English


This course is funded by the Berlin University Alliance and is open to students in the biomedical or biological sciences at Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin or Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The course is open to PhD students, medical students and MD/PhD students who actively participate in research. Masters students who have significant research experience may also apply.

Application deadline: June 17, 2020