Symposium keynote speakers 2018

Announcing our first keynote speaker

Symposium 2018

Thursday 13 September, 2018

Open scientific practices: Restoring trust in science

Dr Rebecca Willén

For a few years now, research quality in the life sciences and social sciences have been under scrutiny as never before. It is true to say that most published scientific findings in these disciplines are unreliable and inaccurate.

It can be disheartening to find investigators have ‘tortured’ their data to find statistically significant results and then published only positive results. Among other questionable scientific practices, this lack of transparency makes it almost impossible to distinguish the ‘good’ science from the bad just by reading the published results. But an academic revolution is casting the spotlight onto questionable practices and providing new ways to deliver transparency in scientific practices and reporting.

In this keynote presentation to Western Alliance’s Symposium, Dr Rebecca Willén will provide an overview of the ongoing crisis and interventions to overcome it and develop a culture worldwide of scientific openness and transparency.

Dr Rebecca Willén is a researcher in psychology and metascience, focusing mainly on research ethics, psychological methods and investigative (forensic) psychology.
After completing her PhD at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2016 she founded the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE), an independent research institute dedicated to improving the quality of science, science education, and quality of life for scientists, students and their families.
Dr Willén resides with her family in Europe and Indonesia.