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This online course organised by Reproducible Research Oxford is aimed at early career researchers new to open research who want to learn how to create reproducible workflows, how to share research outputs (publications, data, code) for reusability, and how to perform reliable, ethical, and inclusive research.

Course aim

The summer school will guide participants towards an open, transparent, and reproducible research workflow. A series of lectures will cover the following topics:

  • Biases in research
  • Reproducibility
  • Best practices for sharing publications, data, and code
  • Meta-research
  • Ethical conduct of research

The lectures will be complemented by a series of interactive workshops, which participants can choose from based on their needs (e.g., introduction to R and Python, reproducible workflows, version control in Git and Github, copyrights, data management, preregistration).

No previous knowledge of open research practices is required. Workshops where software will be used will start with instructions on installation.

For information on how to apply, please visit the Reproducible Research Oxford event page. The application deadline is 31 July 2021.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, you will learn:

  • How to prevent bias in your research using preregistration, registered reports, and/or systematic reviews
  • How to create a reproducible workflow (using R or Python), version control (Git and GitHub), and literate programming (RMarkdown or Latex)
  • How to share publications, data, and code with appropriate licences and copyrights
  • Other areas of open research that may be important for your studies and where to access further support.

Course format

The course will run all day online (with hourly breaks) from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 September 2021.

Morning lectures will be open to all, while afternoon workshops will be offered to successful applicants (see below for how to apply). The detailed programme will be shared in August.

Participant numbers


How it will work

You need to apply via the Reproducible Research Oxford registration page (stored by the Berlin side of the Oxford|Berlin collaboration on the Berlin Institute of Health Website). During the registration, you will be asked to briefly state your motivation (300 words) and a description of a potential project that is suitable to apply the knowledge from the summer school.

  • The letter of motivation should contain a brief statement about how you intend to apply open research practices in your current work, if any other courses were attended, and how particular challenges encountered in your work would be addressed by the summer school.
  • The project outline should give a brief overview of future or recently started research projects, in which you would like to apply open/reproducible research practices. Applicants with projects in any area of empirical research are encouraged to apply.
  • If more applications are received than can be accommodated, the organising committee will select participants based the project and experience that they describe.
  • We will favour applicants who are new to open/reproducible research practices but have already identified a need to acquire the necessary skills.
  • Following acceptance, we will require a signed form from the supervisor/PI to indicate that they will support the use of transparent and reproducible practices in the applicant’s research project.
  • Registration will close on 31 July 2021.

During the online summer school, three 45 min lectures will take place in the morning (starting at 9am), and three to five parallel 2 hours workshops will take place in the afternoon (finishing at 5.15pm). Attendees will be able to choose two workshops per day.

One public keynote lecture will take place on Tuesday 21 September at 6pm.

An in-person evening reception will take place in Oxford and in Berlin on the last day if Covid-19 regulations allow.

What you will need

You will need to have access to a computer with administrative rights to install free and open source software and packages.


For any enquiries, please contact the Reproducible Research Oxford Coordinator, Dr Malika Ihle, at (prefered) or the other organiser from the QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research, Berlin Institute of Health at

Please note

This is advertised by MSD Skills on behalf of Reproducible Research Oxford. MSD Skills cannot answer any enquiries about the summer school, and as it is not managed via our CoSy booking system, you will not receive automated reminders from MSD Skills, or an MSD Skills attendance certificate. Reproducible Research Oxford and the Berlin Institute of Health will manage the communication with applicants and provide certificates of attendance.