Open science: improving your research workflow to increase transparency and reproducibility

5 February 2018

Organiser: Dominique Roche



Learn about the theory and practice of open science tools to promote transparent and credible research (e.g. preregistration, registered reports, blinding, data management, open notebook, replication, data and code sharing).



Content and pre-course assignments

Dominique Roche will give an introductory talk on the reproducibility crisis and open science as a counter-movement to the mainstream high productivity, publish-or-perish approach to science.

Four invited speakers will then give 45-minute presentations on various topics related to open science and different tools available to carry out research in a more transparent way. The lectures will highlight the theory and practice (i.e. implementation) of these tools. The workshop will end with a panel discussion and question period.

Pre-course assignment:

The students will be asked to read two review/opinion papers of their choice on open science .

Suggested readings: PDF-1 and PDF-2



09:30-10:30 Dominique Roche (UniNE): Why we need open science

10:30-11:00 coffee break

11:00-12:00 Anne Scheel (TUE): Roots of the replication crisis and basic fixes


12:00-13:00 lunch break


13:00-14:00 Heidi Seibold (U. Zurich): How to be an open scientist

14:00-15:00 Xenia Schmalz (LMU): Open Science Framework 101

15:00-15:30 coffee break

15:30-16:30 Luc Henry (EPFL): Open Science: an opportunity, not just a solution

16:30-17:00 round table discussion


17:30 – You are all invited to a get-together with the speakers in town! Join us!

Program PDF here

General information

Date: 5 February 2018

Schedule: 9.15-17.00

Venue:  University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des Sciences, Emile-Argand 11, UniMail, building F, Aula Louis-Guillaume (ALG, 2nd floor)

ECTS: 0.5 (Scientific activities)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact Dominique Roche or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Sara Santi

Registration fee: free, including coffee breaks

Meals: no meals reimbursement

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions

MAKE SURE you SIGN the ATTENDANCE LIST EACH and EVERY DAY and TAKE your ATTESTATION of ATTENDANCE at the END of the COURSE (no attestation will be sent by mail)


  • This course is free and open to all PhD students.
  • Master students, post-docs and other researchers are welcome.
  • Maximum number of participants: 50 people.

Registration through the web only: closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 20).

Deadline: 26 January 2018