March 3, 2020: Kick-Off Meeting – Quality Standards for In Vitro Research

Organized by the global Preclinical Data Forum, the meeting is aimed to start a discussion about developing specific quality guidelines and standards for in vitro research. One key question to be addressed at the meeting is whether quality recommendations, which are increasingly commonly acknowledged and followed in in vivo research, like blinding and randomization, should and can also be applied for in vitro studies and which characteristics/situations prevent the implementation of such measures.
Participants will be from academia as well as biotech and pharma companies.
We will update you with more details soon…

EQIPD Summer School 2019

“Improving preclinical data quality and robustness”
Now open for registration!

We’re excited to announce that, for the second consecutive year, SYRCLE will host the EQIPD Summer School 2019 entitled “Improving preclinical data quality and robustness”!

Date and place:
September 16th-19th 2019 at Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Click here for the full draft program.
To register, please use this registration form:

Program overview: 

  • Day 1 (Mo Sept 16th): Improving robustness of animal studies: rationale, study design and study execution
  • Day 2 (Tue Sept 17th): Improving robustness of animal studies: data analysis and reporting
  • Day 3 (Wed Sept 18th): Hands-on training in systematic review and meta-analysis of animal studies
  • Day 4 (Thu Sept 19th): Implementation of measures to improve research rigour 

Lecturers: Dr. Kim Wever, Dr. Thomas Steckler, Prof. Malcolm Macleod, Lee Monk, Dr. Zsanett Bahor, Prof. Martin Michel, Dr. Judith van Luijk and Dr. Rob de Vries

The administration fee for this Summer School is €50.

Past Events

– September 2-5, 2019 – Rome, Italy
17th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference
The ISSI 2019 Conference will provide an international forum for scientists, research managers and administrators, as well as information and communication related professionals to share research and debate the advancements of informetric and scientometric theory and applications.
Topics include a) Retractions, b) Open data, c) Open access, d) Reproducibility in science and e) Risk-taking in science, technology and innovation.

-August 12-16, 2019 – Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Radboud Summer School: How to Perform High Quality Preclinical Research Through Systematic Reviews
In this course, PhD students and Postdocs will get an extensive introduction to the concept of systematic reviews of animal studies and to the differences between these review methods and classical reviews. Both the advantages and the limitations of systematic reviews will be discussed.

– June 2-5, 2019 – Hong Kong
6th World Conference on Research Integrity in Hong Kong
The WCRI is the largest and most significant international conference on research integrity. Since the first conference in Lisbon in 2007, it has given researchers, teachers, funding agencies, government officials, journal editors, senior administrators, and research students opportunities to share experiences and to discuss and promote integrity in research. The conference is now a biennial event, and the University of Hong Kong and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia are proud to co-organize the next world conference.

– May 15, 2019 – Paris, France
2019 Biomedical Transparency Summit Europe organised by the Center for Biomedical Research Transparency – show agenda

– April 09 – 12, 2019 – North West England
Institute of Animal Technology Congress 2019
This interesting congress is organised by the Institute of Animal Technology and also includes a contribution by NC3R. The program sounds very interesting and diverse with many topics on the newest developments of animal research.

– March 27, 2019 – Berlin, Germany
John P. A. Ioannidis will give a lecture on “Scientific evidence: reproducible and useful” which will take place on Wednesday, March 27 in Kaiserin Friedrich-Haus, Robert-Koch-Platz 7, 10115 Berlin
sign up here

– February 27 – March 1, 2019 – Athens, Greece
ECNP Network Preclinical Data Forum Workshop for Young Scientists “How to make research results robust and reproducible”

– January 14-18, 2019 – Dublin, Ireland
Winter School: Training in systematic reviews
If you are thinking in conducting your own systematic review or just want to know about the systematic review process this will be a great opportunity to do so.

– December 4th/5th, 2018 – Lille, France
BioFit 2018
PAASP Partner Björn Gerlach will be present at this partnering event.

– July 9, 2018 – Toulouse, France
ESOF 2018 – Euroscience Open Forum
The ESOF is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people and the general public.

– April 27, 2018 – Vienna, Austria
2nd HEIRRI Conference “Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI
The conference will present the results of nearly three years of project activities designed to promote the integration of RRI within the education of scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in the R&D process.

– April 13, 2018 – Utrecht, The Netherlands
NRIN Research Conference 2018

– April 12-14, 2018 – Uppsala, Sweden
Conference “Making It Up: Histories of Research Integrity and Fraud in Scientific Practice”

– April 11, 2018 – Utrecht, The Netherlands
Scientific Session “Promoting transparency in preclinical research”
The Netherlands Heart Institute and Prof. Steven Chamuleau are organising a scientific session about “Promoting transparency in preclinical research”. The session will take place in the Holland Heart House from 2-5pm. During this session the website https:/ will be launched.

– April 10th, 2018 – virtual conference
Enhancing Rigor and Transparency in Neuroscience
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will be holding a virtual and open access conference from 9 am to 5 pm EDT. More on our website

– March 16, 2018 – Berlin, Germany
Quality Management for Academic Research in Preclinical Biomedicine: Burden or Boon?

– March 7-9, 2018 – Rome, Italy
PEERE International Conference on Peer Review
The conference aims to stimulate the use of evidence-based research in the design and implementation of peer review in a variety of fields and encourage more systematic research.

– March 2-4, 2018 – Richmond Virginia, USA
2018 International Conference “Committing to Excellence: Educating with Integrity”

–  February 26-28, 2018 – Taipei, Taiwan
Asia Pacific Research Integrity (APRI) Network Meeting 2018

–  February 14-16, 2018 – Hanover, Germany
The Herrenhausen Conference: ‘Lost in the Maze? Navigating Evidence and Ethics in Translational Neuroscience’
The Herrenhausen Conference focuses on new treatment modalities of novel neurological interventions in the light of the ethical challenges concerning the personal despair.

–  February 05-07, 2018 – Bonn, Germany
PRINTEGER European Conference on Research Integrity 2018

October 11-13, 2017 – Bethesda, Maryland, US
ASA Symposium on Statistical Inferences

–  September 4, 2017 – Paris, France
ECNP Preclinical Data Forum network meeting during the 30th annual ECNP Congress

August 28 – September 2, 2017 – VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
6th Postgraduate ONWAR Course in Behavioral Neuroscience: In vivo Phenotyping of Mutant Rodents: Integrating Neural Activity, Neurochemistry, Heart Rate & Behavior

–  August 14-18, 2017 – Nijmegen, Netherlands
Summer School: Molecules, Mice and Math: A statistical toolbox for the lab

–  July 3-5, 2017 – Heidelberg, Germany
ECNP Workshop for Young Scientists “How to Make Preclinical Research Robust”

June 28, 2017 – Webinar (11 AM – 12 PM EST )
Seminar by Carlijn Hooijmans presenting the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) concept for preclinical research

Workshop at ERA-NET Neuron meeting

ERA-NET Neuron organised a workshop research data quality on January 22nd, 2019 in Bonn.

PAASP Team members, Anton Bespalov and Martin Michel, contributed to the program by leading two breakout sessions. Slides used to guide the discussion in these sections can be found below.

Anton Bespalov’s session on “Practical issues in preclinical study design”:

Martin Michel’s session on Data Analysis:

PDN Training Workshop

Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2019 (Athens, Greece)
“How to Make Preclinical Research Robust”
2nd Preclinical Data Network Training Workshop for Young Scientists
Coordinators (Europe): Anton Bespalov (PAASP), Thomas Steckler (Janssen)
Coordinators (North America): Magali Haas, Patricia Kabitzke, Chantelle Ferland-Beckham (Cohen Veterans Bioscience)
Local organizers: Christina Dalla, Nikolaos Kokras (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

This workshop aims to enhance awareness and to help junior scientists further developing their experimental skills, with prime focus on experimental design to generate high quality, robust, reproducible and relevant data.

The number of participants is limited to 15 to maximize communication between participants and the presenters / coaches. The workshop comprises a mixture of lectures and journal club-style seminars using pre-read material. The following topics will be covered:
   – Robustness vs reproducibility
   – Origins of poor data robustness
   – Poorly designed and powered studies
   – Positive predictive value
   – Poor control over experimental conditions
   – Poor generalizability of research findings
   – Key elements of Good Research Practice: 
                  – Reporting of methodological details
                  – Application of clinical study design standards in preclinical research 
                  – Confirmation of research findings under broader range of conditions
                  – Correct reporting of statistical data analysis
   – Culture of tolerance of negative data; position of funders and publishers
   – Consequences of poor data reproducibility
   – Needs in academia, biotech, CROs and big pharma

Who may apply
It is expected that this preclinical workshop should primarily, but not exclusively, attract junior scientists in basic (non-clinical, non-human) neuropsychopharmacology research.

How to apply
Please send a recent CV and a motivation letter via e-mail to:
Europe-based applications: Dr Anton Bespalov( or Dr Thomas Steckler (
North America-based applications: Dr Patricia Kabitzke ( or Dr Chantelle Ferland-Beckham (

Travel support
Europe-based applicants may include in the motivation letter a rationale for requesting travel support. Decisions about travel support will be made on case-by-case basis.
Two US-based applications will be chosen to receive travel support provided by Cohen Veterans Bioscience.

The call is open immediately after the publication of this announcement and will close on January 15, 2019. The review committee will select and inform the participants by February 1, 2019.