To register for either of the two workshops please write an email to workshop-cib2016@uni-koeln.de

WORKSHOP I: An Editor's Opinion

Topic: "Transparent Publishing - how to share reproducible data"

Speaker: Dr. Bernd Pulverer, Chief Editor at the EMBO Journal

The biosciences are witnessing a rapid growth and diversification of both research data and publications. Research progress depends on reliable and efficient mechanisms to select, validate, archive, share and find research. The peer reviewed research paper remains the predominant mode of sharing peer-reviewed research findings and journals play important roles also as a proxy for quality and impact in research assessment.

In this workshop Dr. Pulverer will discuss the editorial and peer review process at highly selective journals, focusing in particular on EMBO's transparent editorial process. In times of limited funding, the pressures to publish in a subset of journals can increase dramatically. The challenges this poses to the publication process will be discussed. Dr. Pulverer will highlight the measures that journals have taken or should take to ensure that peer-reviewed publication optimally aids research progress and that it remains a hallmark of a reliable and self-correcting scientific process. He will also discuss new approaches to enhance the publication and the discoverability of research data. The publication of validated source data with associated reagents and methods in journals and repositories and enhanced editorial screening procedures ensure transparency, reproducibility and accountability in the reporting of scientific research.

Bernd Pulverer, following undergraduate studies in Cambridge, received his PhD in 1992 from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, London, for uncovering posttranslational regulation of the transcription factors c-Jun and c-Myc by the JNK and MAP kinases. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle and at the University of Innsbruck. Dr. Pulverer was associate and then senior editor at Nature from 1999 until 2002 and subsequently chief editor of Nature Cell Biology. He joined EMBO in 2009 as chief editor of The EMBO Journal and Head of Scientific Publications.

WORKSHOP II: Sense About Science

Topic: "Standing up for Science"

Places available: 50 (first come, first serve)

Coordinators: Chris peters and Joanne Thomas

Are you PASSIONATE about your RESEARCH?

Do you think it is important for GOOD SCIENCE and EVIDENCE to be communicated to a wider audience?


Standing up for Science media workshops encourage early career researchers to get their voices heard in public debates about science. During the workshops we discuss concerns about speaking to the public and confront misconceptions about how the media works.

Science in the media:

What happens when research announcements go wrong; statistics are manipulated; risk factors are distorted; or discussions become polarised?

What journalists are looking for:

How do journalists approach stories and balance the need for news and entertainment with reporting science? And deal with accusations of polarising debates and misrepresenting facts?

Standing up for science; the nuts and bolts:

Practical guidance for early career researchers to get their voices heard in debates about science; how to respond to bad science when you see it; and top tips for if you come face-to-face with a journalist!

Comments from workshop participants:

"Extremely engaging and interesting day; definitely want to contribute to this sort of cause in whatever way I can in the future."

"This is what I was waiting for! More of this would be great!"

"Fun, engaging and lively! An excellent opportunity for debate."

"Totally changed my perspective on the media and where scientists fit into news stories - they aren't always to blame!"

Chris Peters is the Scientific Liaison at Sense About Science. Chris has a PhD in plant biology from the University of Sheffield where he also completed his undergraduate masters in biological sciences. Having had enough of freezing plants to death in liquid nitrogen Chris decided to move away from research and worked at the British Ecological Society and Carbon Brief before joining Sense About Science in 2012. Chris coordinates the Ask for Evidence campaign and enjoys making a fuss about things that are wrong. So long as it is a constructive fuss.

Joanne Thomas is Projects and Events Officer at Sense About Science. She co-ordinates the Voice of Young Science (VoYS) programme, a unique and growing network of 2000+ early career researchers committed to playing an active role in public discussions about science. Prior to joining the team, Joanne completed a Masters degree in Science Communication at the University of the West of England and worked at the Science Media Centre, a press office that aims to improve media coverage of science. Joanne also has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford.

See more at: www.senseaboutscience.org.