Greater biodiversity enhances stability and robustness in ecosystems, species, and individuals. But do similar principles apply to the research ecosystem? Despite numerous programs, statements, and discussions advocating for increased diversity in academia, empirical data and evidence on the effects of diversity on research quality remain limited. This knowledge gap is particularly concerning given the entrenched biases within the research system and persistently low levels of diversity in academia across dimensions such as gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.
Panel discussion with reception, 3 Nov 2023 in Berlin (+ live stream)
Together with the QUEST Center for Responsible Research at the Berlin Institute of Health, the Berlin University Alliance, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation we are looking forward to discussing the impact of team diversity, or the lack thereof, on the rigor, reliability, robustness, and transparency of research with our expert panel by exploring insights previously gathered from a global community at a virtual unconference.
Host: Tracey Weissgerber, Group Leader, QUEST Center for Responsible Research, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité – Universitätsmedizin
Marietta Auer, Vice President German Research Foundation (DFG), Professor Private Law and International and Interdisciplinary Foundations of Law, Universität Giessen und Frankfurt, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory
Gowri Gopalakrishna, Assistant Professor at Maastricht University, Research Fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and Data Science, Amsterdam University Medical Center
Isolde Karle, Vice Rector for Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Development, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Professor of Practical Theology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Lydia Rhyman, Computational Chemist, University of Mauritius, Member of the Global Young Academy and co-organizer virtual brainstorming event
Gertraud Stadler, Director Institute of Gender in Medicine, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Professor of Gender-Sensitive Prevention Research, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
After the discussion, we are delighted to invite you to join us for a small reception in the foyer.
The panel discussion will take place at Museum für Naturkunde Berlin as part of the internationally renowned Berlin Science Week, an annual science festival that brings together thousands of people from the worlds of science, business, politics, the arts, and society.
The link for the live stream will be published on this site soon.
Sharing lessons learned: Following the event, we will draft a paper highlighting insights gained from the event to share lessons learned with the global scientific community. All unconference participants and panellists will have the opportunity to contribute to this collaborative work.
Participating organizations: This initiative is made possible through the partnership of the Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research, the BIH QUEST Center for Responsible Research, the Berlin University Alliance, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Together, we aim to shed light on the multifaceted relationship between academic diversity and research quality, thereby propelling the advancement of robust scientific practices.