There’s no science without failure. But failure can also push scientists out of academia and prevent them from doing what they do best. I hope that this can change by sharing our failures, both in our science (as negative results), and our failures as scientists.
This is why I’ve shared my CV of Failures and started the How I Fail series, where I’ve interviewed 20+ scientists about failure. I am also interested in connections between failure and open science. I’m excited to speak about these topics – see below for an overview of my work.
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- 26th June 2020 – webinar “Science and Failure” – Seminar Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
- 6th February 2020 – workshop “CV of Failures” – NWO Synergy conference, Hilversum, The Netherlands. Impression from the event
- “How I Fail in Writing Papers” – NeurIPS Retrospectives workshop, Vancouver, Canada (13th December 2019) [Slides]
- “How I Fail in Open Science” – FetalMedPhD summer school, Barcelona, Spain (19th September 2019). [Slides]
- “Not-so-supervised learning of algorithms and academics” – GdR ISIS workshop, Paris, France (10th May 2019) [Slides]
- “Not-so-supervised learning of algorithms and academics” – Insight Center seminar at UC Dublin, Ireland (30th January 2019) [Slides]
- Invited talk “How I Fail in Open Science” – OpenMR Benelux, Leiden, The Netherlands (16th January 2019) [Video | Slides | Blog post]
- De Ingenieur interviewed me about failure for their March 2020 issue (in Dutch)
- I wrote about failure in academia for The Times Higher Education
- ProfHacker blog featured my “How I Fail” series
|Christina Bergmann, MPI Psycholinguistics|
I asked Veronika to talk about science and failure to students in our graduate school, because being a researcher at the start of a career means you really do only see the shiny successes of your mentors and peers, but not all the ways in which failure is part of the job, too. So you might feel extra bad once your paper gets rejected or you don’t see the results in a study you expected. Veronika did a great job addressing exactly these concerns and much more. She’s an honest speaker who won’t shy away from the difficult topics. Listening to her talk and discussing with her and the students afterwards really got me to thinking about how we all struggle, maybe in different ways, but being a scientist can be tough. But knowing you’re not alone and can build a support network can make a difference, and I hope it does for everyone who attends her talks.