Recent updates from the German Reproducibility Network

TIER2 Award: Establishing Reproducibility Networks in Horizon Europe “Widening Participation” countries - application deadline extended

As the GRN we would like to share the following call by TIER2 for the launch of new Reproducibility Networks across Europe:

TIER2, an international project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, aims to systematically investigate reproducibility across different research fields (social, life, and computer sciences), involving relevant stakeholder groups (researchers, publishers, and funders). To increase the trustworthiness of scientific work and to empower Reproducibility Networks (RNs), TIER2 is fostering the creation of three new RNs in Horizon Europe “Widening Participation” countries. Via an open call, consortia can apply for one of three awards of €5,000 each to fund an initial meeting to establish an RN in their country. The granted award money may be used for expenses directly related to the establishment meeting, including travel expenses, venue costs, setting up of a website, advertisement, technical setup, and consumables. Selection will be based on the feasibility, scope, and sustainability of the proposal. The application deadline has been extended from 17 July to 14 August. The TIER2 project looks forward to receive your submissions

All further information about the award and the application process can be found here. Or reach out to Friederike Kohrs in case of questions.

TIER2 receives funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101094817.

GRN Election 2023 – Three new members for the steering committee were elected

From 24 to 30.04.23 the online election of the German Reproducibility Network took place. The members of the GRN were called to elect their representatives for the Steering Committee for a term of three years. The Steering Committee coordinates the activities of the GRN and represents the organization to other stakeholders in the scientific landscape.

We are pleased to announce that Heidi Seibold (Open Science Freelancer) and Daniel Mietchen (Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries) (both share a seat) and David Philip Morgan (University of Mannheim) have been elected to the GRN Steering Committee. We are looking forward to the new members in our team and to many exciting projects we will tackle in the future.

Felix Schönbrodt, Verena Heise, Bernadette Fritzsch and Guido Scherp leave the GRN steering committee with the end of their term. We thank them very much for their dedicated work, which has greatly advanced the Open Science community in Germany and internationally since the founding of the GRN.

New Publication Calls for a Redesign of Academic Systems to Improve Research Quality and Boost Good Research Practice

A new paper published together with members of the German Reproducibility Network calls for a major overhaul of academic systems to improve the quality of research. The paper, entitled “Quality research needs good working conditions”, highlights the need for researchers to have appropriate employment and working conditions to achieve high-quality research.

Read the paper here:

Open Science Community on Mastodon

Members of the Open Science are exploring Mastodon as a place to connect about all things that matter to the Open movement. To to contribute to the debate around #SciTwitter and aid the development of the Open Science community, the GRN is maintaining a directory of community members to increase findability. If you're wondering how to find your existing contacts on Twitter on the new plattform, Mastodon, this list is your first stop. To join the list, or to follow those who already do, please follow this link:

Please share this list with your colleagues and within your networks!

Open Data Statement

The GRN steering committee has published a statement on open data. In this statement, we propose five action items what is needed to improve the accessibility of research data generated by academia.

  • Open data should be the standard
  • For data that cannot be open data use and access concepts need to be developed
  • Making data accessible should factor into researcher assessment
  • Funders should require data to be open
  • Academic institutions need to provide not only infrastructure but also support structures

The statement was written by Ulf Toelch and Felix Schönbrodt for the GRN steering committee and received input from the GRN members. As the statement is addressed at German stakeholders it is in German. It can be accessed at: