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Elisabeth BikMicrobiologist and scientific integrity consultant

Keynote lecture by Elisabeth Bik

Science integrity will always remain a work in progress. While peer-review is a necessary first step in safeguarding the quality and integrity of scientific research, the system has been proven to be far from perfect. Elisabeth Bik has pioneered a 'forensic' approach to quality control, by painstakingly checking images, mainly in biomedical publications, for duplications and other unacceptable ways of manipulation. She has identified hundreds of papers with serious flaws, resulting in many retractions.

Her criticism of high-profile researchers like Didier Raoult – who claimed hydroxychloroquine cured covid-19 – has made her the target of lawsuit threats and vicious personal attacks on social media. However, she has no intention of backing down in her quest to improve science integrity.

We are looking forward to hearing from her in person about the latest developments in this field.

(an abstract of her lecture will be published here later)

Elisabeth Bik (1966) is a Dutch microbiologist who was a researcher at Stanford University till 2018, after which she became a full time science integrity consultant. She founded the blog Microbiome digest (https://microbiomedigest.com/), and is very active on twitter (https://twitter.com/MicrobiomDigest).

Elisabeth BikMicrobiologist and scientific integrity consultant

Keynote lecture by Elisabeth Bik

Science integrity will always remain a work in progress. While peer-review is a necessary first step in safeguarding the quality and integrity of scientific research, the system has been proven to be far from perfect. Elisabeth Bik has pioneered a 'forensic' approach to quality control, by painstakingly checking images, mainly in biomedical publications, for duplications and other unacceptable ways of manipulation. She has identified hundreds of papers with serious flaws, resulting in many retractions.

Her criticism of high-profile researchers like Didier Raoult – who claimed hydroxychloroquine cured covid-19 – has made her the target of lawsuit threats and vicious personal attacks on social media. However, she has no intention of backing down in her quest to improve science integrity.

We are looking forward to hearing from her in person about the latest developments in this field.

(an abstract of her lecture will be published here later)

Elisabeth Bik (1966) is a Dutch microbiologist who was a researcher at Stanford University till 2018, after which she became a full time science integrity consultant. She founded the blog Microbiome digest (https://microbiomedigest.com/), and is very active on twitter (https://twitter.com/MicrobiomDigest).

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Alexander PleijterUniversity lecturer at Leiden University

Alexander Pleijter (Leiden University) is an expert in online journalism and fact checking. He is one of the coordinators of the Dutch ‘News checkers’-website www.nieuwscheckers.nl, a project that aims to help the public properly evaluate (online) news and to teach journalism students the skill of fact checking.

At ECSJ he will talk about how to recognise hoaxes and fake news in science reporting.

Alexander PleijterUniversity lecturer at Leiden University

Alexander Pleijter (Leiden University) is an expert in online journalism and fact checking. He is one of the coordinators of the Dutch ‘News checkers’-website www.nieuwscheckers.nl, a project that aims to help the public properly evaluate (online) news and to teach journalism students the skill of fact checking.

At ECSJ he will talk about how to recognise hoaxes and fake news in science reporting.

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Krijn SoetemanChairman VWN

Chairman of VWN, the Dutch association for science journalism and communication.

Krijn SoetemanChairman VWN

Chairman of VWN, the Dutch association for science journalism and communication.

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