Reproducibility Workshop at Plant Biology 2018

Sunday July 15 11:10 - 12:30, Montreal


Join us for a workshop to explore new tools facilitating improved research practices. 


Rigour and reproducibility are at the core of modern science and set apart scientific inquiry from pseudoscience. Several new initiatives, startups, and curricula have been established to address barriers to reproducibility. While commendable in their goals, these projects have led to a proliferation of online tools and resources which can be hard to sift through.

This workshop will introduce you to reproducible workflows and a range of tools along the themes of organization, documentation, analysis, and dissemination. After a brief introduction to the topic of reproducibility, the workshop will provide specific tips and tools useful in improving your daily research workflows. This will include the 101 of all data handling, wetlab protocol sharing platforms, documentation of code using notebooks, workflow systems, and version control, best practices for plotting of small data sets and reagent sharing platforms. This will help you to share your work with your future self, your immediate colleagues and the wider scientific community. We envision that these practices will raise your research profile and enhance your productivity, it will allow others to build on what you have done more efficiently. 

This workshop stems from a project initiated by eLIFE Ambassadors passionate about this issue, in collaboration with ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists), Protocols.io, Addgene, CodeOcean and others. Our long-term goals are to tackle the challenge of reproducibility by designing training and a repository of resources, through the following steps:

  1. Collation and curation of online resources and tools available to support rigorous and reproducible research.
  2. Development and delivery of workshops to support researchers in navigating the landscape of tools and online resources most applicable to their field.
  3. Development of an online ‘one-stop-shop’ for materials supporting rigorous and reproducible science.
  4. Development of a teaching module promoting best practices for rigorous and reproducible science with ASPB and other interested scientific societies.
  5. Training of instructors to lead workshops at conferences in 2019 and beyond, scaling up the effort.

Join the Reproducibility workshop at PB18 and the Plantae Reproducibility Network to learn more and get involved. 

Contribute to our reproducibility tools surveys around electronic notebooks, bioinformatic tools, and data visualization right now.

Bases of scientific rigour in experimental sciences. Adapted from Casadevall and Fang, 10.1128/mBio.01902-16


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