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31. May. 2024 01. Jun. 2024

Biasing Mechanisms in Scientific Research

In the philosophy of science, recent work has led to an emerging consensus that science is not value-free, and that values, including social and political values, play different roles in the research process. It has also become clear that, values can have both a positive and a negative impact on science. Sometimes, values can contribute to science’s epistemic and social goals, while other times, they can have a detrimental effect on science’s epistemic goals, i.e., biasing research results. With this framework in mind, the main goal of this workshop is to clarify the negative roles of values in scientific research, and in particular their sometimes-biasing effects. While it is well-known that biases impact scientific research results, we have a less clear understanding of the different types of biases, their mechanisms, and their scope.

The workshop includes talks by invited speakers Anke Büter (Aarhus University), Heather Douglas (Michigan State University), Jacob Stegenga (University of Cambridge), and David Teira (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia). There is no participation fee. The workshop language is English; the workshop is in-person only.

This workshop is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is a collaboration between SOCRATES and the research project “A Philosophical Approach to Biasing Mechanisms in Scientific Research", which is a joint research project by Prof. Dr. Torsten Wilholt of Leibniz University Hannover and Prof. Dr. Manuela Fernández Pinto of the Centre for Applied Ethics at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Kolumbien).


Schedule (also available as PDF)

Day 1: Friday May 31st, 2024

08:45 Registration

09:00 – 10:15

Heather Douglas, “Bias, Values, and Assessing Institutional Structures in Science”

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00

Ina Gawel, “Unraveling “Professional Subjectivity”: A Kuhnian Exploration of Bias in Peer Review”

11:00 – 11:30

Nora Hangel, “Navigating Publication Bias in Behavioral Judgment and Decision Making: Philosophical Analysis of Scientists’ Strategies and Perceptions”

11:30 – 12:00

Manuela Fernández Pinto, Jamie Shaw & Torsten Wilholt, “Deciphering Biases in Scientific Inquiry: An Exploration of Definitions, Types, and Scope”

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:30

Sarah Roe & Elyse Zavar, “Biases in Qualitative Social Science: Understanding the Role of Bias in Disaster Commemoration, Collective Memory of Traumatic Events, and Reinterpretation Across Generations”

13:30 – 14:00

Rebecca Korf & Margaret Farrell, “Value Influence in Causal Selection in the Social Sciences”

14:00 – 14:30

M. Cristina Amoretti & Elisabetta Lalumera, “Clarifying the Muddle. Towards a Comprehensive Taxonomy of Cognitive Biases in Medical Research and Practice”

14:30 – 14:45

Coffee Break

14:45 – 16:00

Anke Bueter, “Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis: An Epistemic Approach”


Day 2: Saturday June 1st, 2024

08:45 Registration

9:00 – 10:15

Jacob Stegenga, “Fast Science”

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00

Matthew J. Brown, “Values ≠ Biases: A Pragmatist Approach to Bias in Science”

11:00 – 11:30

Adrian Erasmus, “Meta-Bias and Scientific Intransigence”

11:30 – 12:00

Molly Kao and Jean-Philippe Thomas, “Biasing and Debiasing in Particle Physics”

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:15

David Teira, “Transparency as a Debiasing Mechanism: Why Should it Work?”


Workshop Information

Getting to the workshop

The workshop will take place on the campus of Leibniz University Hannover in room 1401 (14th floor) in the Continental-Hochhaus (building 1502), Königsworther Platz 1, 30167 Hannover.

The closest airports are Hanover, Bremen, Hamburg, and Berlin; the closest train station is Hannover Central Station (Hannover Hauptbahnhof).

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Lunch is catered; all food is vegetarian or vegan. Most of the dishes are also gluten-free. Please see the menu on the day for more information.

Workshop Dinner

The workshop dinner (self-paid) will take place at Liebling Falafel, Nikolaistraße 3, 30159 Hannover, on May 31st, 2024 at 17:30.


The building is wheelchair-accessible and there is a lift to the 14th floor. The building has two accessible restrooms; one on the ground floor and another on the 14th floor. A euro key is required for the ground floor bathrooms. Alternatively, a key can be borrowed from the porter who is seated at the entrance of the building. Note that the restroom on the ground floor is only wheelchair-accessible through a special entrance in the back of the building (signposted on the ground floor).

Event organiser/s

This workshop is organised by Prof. Dr. Torsten Wilholt (Leibniz University Hannover), Prof. Dr. Manuela Fernández Pinto (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá), Dr. Jamie Shaw (Leibniz University Hannover), Dr. Tanja Rechnitzer (Leibniz University Hannover), Matthias Ackermann (Leibniz University Hannover), and Dr. Leonie Wiemeyer (Leibniz University Hannover).

They are supported by team members Nina Wilhelm, Timur Bekusanov, Amir Latifi, Malte Reckhaus, and Jan Wünsch.


31. May. 2024 01. Jun. 2024

Registration deadline

22. May 2024

Contact information

Dr. Leonie Wiemeyer
Leibniz University Hannover


Leibniz University Hannover
Building: 1502
Room: 1401
Student Study Room
Königsworther Platz 1
30167 Hannover
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The group photo of the participants of the workshop; May 31st, 2024.