Minisymposium on Reproducibility

Wednesday May 9th, 3pm - 6pm


This event has passed, but you can find a thorough breakdown of the event in this blog post. Thanks to all who participated and attended!


Date: Wednesday May 9th, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: New Research Building Room 350 (NRB 350, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston)

Many individual PIs, funders, publishers, and companies are working to make research results more reproducible and they have come up with many creative tools and techniques to do so. These include best lab practices enforced by responsible PIs, electronic notebooks, reagent sharing and storage in repositories, public sharing of code, and much more. At this minisymposium we’ll discuss many of the tools available to researchers and get some insight into how researchers, funders, and publishers are working to improve reproducibility.

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Schedule for the Event


  • 3:10 - 3:30 - Reproducibility Overview - Jeffrey S. Flier, Researcher at Harvard Medical School, former dean of the faculty of Medicine at Harvard University
  • 3:35 - 3:55 - Reagent sharing - Susanna Bachle, Addgene the nonprofit plasmid repository
  • 4:00 - 4:20 - Reagent Development - Steven C. Almo, Institute for Protein Innovation 


  • 4:25 - 4:55
    • Alex Tucker (Ginkgo Bioworks)
    • Pamela Hines (Senior Editor at Science)
    • Edward J. Hall (Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University)
    • Tony Cijsouw (Neuroscience postdoc at Tufts University)

Happy Hour

Join the Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group for a networking happy hour following the event!

Directions to the Venue

NRB 350 is located on the 3rd Floor of the New Research Building on the Harvard Medical School Longwood campus. If entering from Avenue Louis Pasteur, use the right set of doors and proceed to the second floor security desk. Inform security that you are attending the Minisymposium on Reproducibility and they'll give you access to the elevators. After exiting the elevators, turn right down the hallway and NRB 350 with be on your right (follow the signs). If entering from Blackfan Circle (the entrance near Bodyscapes Fitness), proceed up the stairs to the second floor security desk and follow the instructions above.

YouTube Live Stream

View the event remotely on Youtube by following this link (no registration required).

Minisymposium on Reproducibility Booklet

Find further details about the Minisymposium on Reproducibility as well as descriptions of organizations promoting reproducibility tools in the Minisymposium on Reproducibility Booklet.


Jeffrey S. Flier was previously Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University and is a renowned obesity and diabetes researcher.

Susanna Bachle

Susanna Bachle is an Outreach Scientist at Addgene, the nonprofit plasmid repository.

Steven Almo

Steven C. Almo is President of the Institute for Protein Innovation, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Professor of Physiology & Biophysics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Alex Tucker

Alex Tucker is a Program Lead at Ginkgo Bioworks Inc.

Pamela Hines

Pamela J. Hines is a Senior Editor at Science magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Edward J. Hall

Edward J. Hall is the Norman E. Vuilleumier Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University working on many topics surrounding the philosophy of science.

Tony Cijsouw

Tony Cijsouw is a neuroscience postdoc at Tufts University, and a ‘concerned scientist’ regarding science reproducibility.


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