Note: PLOS is pleased to once again partner with the Einstein Foundation for this awards program. Watch this space in the coming…
We are delighted to contribute to the global awareness of the Einstein Foundation Berlin annual award: Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research. By establishing a global award to honor individual researchers, as well as collaborations, institutions, and organizations, Einstein Foundation Berlin is making an important statement that rigor, reliability, and transparency are to be recognized and rewarded as they directly influence increased quality in research.
PLOS’ Chief Scientific Officer, Veronique Kiermer, is part of the program that announced the winners on December 1, 2022, in Berlin.
“We are excited to partner with the Einstein Foundation to honor researchers who have put rigor, reliability and transparency at the center of their work and in doing so have promoted research quality beyond their own research. This prestigious award is unique in its focus and provides a well-deserved spotlight on the activities and thought leadership of individuals and institutions who have made a real difference.”
This year’s winners:
Individual award: Canadian physician Gordon Guyatt. He is a pioneer in evidence-based medicine and one of the world’s most influential medical researchers, having developed best practices for all areas of clinical research that are now applied worldwide, including standards to assess patient health, design and conduct clinical trials, perform systematic reviews, and carry out clinical practice.
Institutional award: the Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA). PSA is a network of 1,400 researchers in 71 countries working to improve the quality of psychological research. The PSA promotes internationally networked research in large teams (known as big team science) in order to make results reproducible and relevant across all cultures.
Early Career Research award: The Ape Research Index envisioned by Elisa Bandini (University of Tübingen) and Sofia Forss (University of Zurich) highlighted an aspect that has previously been neglected in behavioral experiments involving primates that regularly participate in studies, namely the training effect on their cognitive abilities.
This year’s award jury includes:
- Dorothy Bishop, neuropsychologist and jury vice president
- Alastair Buchan, stroke researcher
- Michel Cosnard, computer scientist
- Lorraine Daston, science historian
- Raghavendra Gadagkar, ecologist
- Moshe Halbertal, philosopher
- Dieter Imboden, physicist and jury president
- Julie Maxton, Executive Director of the Royal Society
- Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States
- Alvin Roth, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics
- Lena Lavinas and Edward Miguel, economists
- Suzy Styles, psycholinguist
- Soazic Elise Wang Sonne, social scientist
- Jürgen Zöllner, former Senator for Higher Education and Research of the State of Berlin, now representing the Damp Stiftung.