Metascience 2023: Exploring the Methods and Practices of Scientific Research

March 23rd, 2023,
Image with Metascience conference logo listing event date (May 9-10, 2023) and location (Washington, DC)

Many scholarly fields conduct descriptive research about the research process. Advocates and reformers have prescriptive ideas about how the research process might be improved. Policymakers, funders, publishers, and other stakeholders enact changes to the social and technical infrastructure of research. All have an interest in whether changes and reforms have their intended effects or unintended consequences that might accelerate or inhibit advancement, translation, and application of research. Together, these researchers and stakeholders are the research and development pipeline for improving the system and practice of research. 

The Metascience 2023 Conference, taking place May 9-10, 2023 in Washington, DC, will unite these communities to exchange ideas and evidence, and cultivate a culture of ongoing experimentation and improvement.

Metascience 2023 is dedicated to the study of science, how it's conducted, and how it can be improved. This interdisciplinary event aims to unite communities to share ideas, evidence, and foster a culture of continuous experimentation and improvement. Conference participants will explore questions such as:

  • How can we improve the rigor and reproducibility of scientific research?
  • How can we better understand the scientific process and the factors that influence it?
  • How can we ensure that scientific research is inclusive, diverse, and equitable?

Featured speakers include:

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Pierre Azoulay
International Programs Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

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Michael Nielsen
Research Fellow, Astera Institute


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Emily Sena
Professor of Metascience and Translational Medicine, University of Edinburgh

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Simine Vazire
Professor of Psychology Ethics and Wellbeing, University of Melbourne

The conference's program is designed to explore various themes related to metascience, including reproducibility and research transparency. Participants will learn about new methods, tools, and approaches to scientific research, as well as discuss the social implications of these practices. The full conference agenda is available online.

“The Metascience Conference was an entirely invigorating experience. I got to meet and hear from metaresearchers I have long followed. It inspired me to pursue ideas and methodologies I would have not considered otherwise.”
Jason Chin
Senior Lecturer, Australian National University
Metascience 2021 Attendee

To learn more about the conference, sessions, and speakers, visit

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