Meta-Science: It’s all Happening in Melbourne

Are you interested in meta-science? In Open Science? If so, check out the inaugural conference of AIMOS, the Association for Interdisciplinary Research &Open Science. It’s a two-day meeting, on 7 & 8 November, at the University of Melbourne.

There’s an impressive list of confirmed speakers: Click here and scroll down. All the folks I know on that list will definitely be worth hearing.

Here’s how Fiona Fidler and her organising team describe the conference:

What to expect

AIMOS2019 will be a partially unstructured conference. Each of the two days will have a theme, and will start with a series of keynotes or shorter, what we are calling “mini-notes”, followed by a more unstructured part of the day. Check out the draft program here!

We aim for AIMOS2019 to appeal to students and researchers from a range of disciplines with a shared interest in understanding and addressing challenges to replicability, reproducibility and open science. AIMOS2019 will cover a broad range of open science and scientific reform topics, including: pre-registration and Registered Reports; peer review and scientific publishing; using R for analysis; open source experimental programming; meta-research; replicability; improving statistical and scientific inference; diversity in scientific community and practice; and methodological and scientific culture change.

Got questions? You can email the team at

Make a submission

The call for workshops, unconferences, hackathons and posters is now open. Submit your proposal here.
For further details see here.

Originally, submissions were due by 1 Sep–this Sunday, and beware that Sunday happens earlier down here, maybe approaching 24 hours before you have your Sunday! But now the submission guidelines state that the organisers will consider submissions made up to conference time, and even during the conference, but please get submissions in early to secure a place in the program. I know that already they have received an impressive list of strong proposals, so don’t delay!

Travel grants

There are 55 travel grants of USD400 available for people living far from Melbourne and who are willing to take part in a one-day Replicats workshop on 6 November. For details, go here and scroll down. These workshops have been found absorbing by participants, and contribute mightily to the repliCATS project.


Registration is open now and is not expensive. The link is here.

Launch of AIMOS

There will be a networking event on Thurs 7 November that will include the formal launch of the Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-Research & Open Science.

Estimation workshop proposal

Bob and I have proposed a workshop on estimation. If accepted, it will include a first glimpse of the R goodies that Bob is developing with the aim of moving ITNS into the R age. Exciting!

November is a great time to visit Melbourne. I hope to see you then!


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