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Spring Celebration: Waterink Lecture, Open Science Awards & Jr. Career Award

19 April 2023
On Tuesday 18 April, the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences organised the Faculty Spring Celebration. In the beautiful Agora Hall in the Main Building, professor Eco de Geus opened the festive ceremony with the Waterink Lecture, 'A genetic perspective on regular exercise and mental health'. Professor Heleen Slagter and Associate Professor Elsje van Bergen then presented 5 scientists with an Open Science Award. With the Open Science Awards, the faculty aims to recognise and reward researchers, PhD students and research teams who have used Open Science to make their scientific research more accessible, transparent or reproducible. The Spring Celebration concluded with the presentation of the Jr. Career Award, by professor Josh Tybur. Winner of the Jr. Career Award was Ruddy Faure.

And the winners are...

In the jury report, the committee wrote about the five winners of the Open Science Awards:

Antonios Koutsoumpis
It is not often that data and analyses from meta-analyses are shared, but this project does exactly that. Using data from published studies, the authors explored the relation between personality traits and 52 linguistic categories, as measured by the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC), and showed that that different people use different words according to their personality traits. By making the data and code open and accessible, they allow others to build on their work. In addition, the manuscript was picked up by several media outlets, increasing the visibility of the work.

Susanne Bruins
This project is a great example of Open Science in all its facets. The project, a collaboration between researchers from different universities, was preregistered. There is a preprint and study materials are publicly shared on OSF. These materials also include tutorials for researchers that are not behavioral geneticists, so that they can also understand and apply the models used in the study, facilitating re-use and scientific progress more widely. These tutorials are also included as supplementary methods to the paper. 

Jana Runze
This project is part of a larger project, the urban Rotterdam project, and a great example of open science practices and collaboration. All data, materials and code are publicly shared. There is a preprint. The study findings are also widely disseminated including to the general public, via the larger project web page and social media.

Annemieke Witte
As a researcher analysing twin data, Annemieke Witte understands the complexity of the analyses and the importance of transparency in this process. Although her pre-registered analysis plan resulted in a misfit of the statistical models, Annemieke did not let that deter her from her commitment to transparency. Instead, she made necessary adjustments and reported them transparently in an addendum on OSF, demonstrating that preregistration is a plan and not a prison.

Yi Liu
The Development of Social Value Orientation: Attachment Styles, Number of Siblings, Age, and a Comparison of Measures

This project acknowledges the ‘replication crisis’ and makes an important contribution by extending two recent replications and a seminal ‘original’ research paper by using multiple measurements of both SVO and adult attachment on two large samples that allowed us to detect small effect sizes. The open source character is of huge importance here, as for replications it should be possible to re-run programming code on other datasets, and others should be able to run their code on the data that is made available in this project. This proposal shows nicely how open science can provide an improved fundament for future academic research.

FGB Jr. Career Award 2022
This award has been awarded to Ruddy Faure and was presented at the Faculty Spring Celebration by Professor Josh Tybur. From the report of the PhD Education Committee (PEC): "Ruddy has an outstanding scientific resume (CV),  very good publications, a Marie-Curie grant and has twice graduated Cum Laude (Ph.D. and master). In addition he has successfully bridged the gap between two different scientific disciplines. Furthermore, Ruddy’s resume shows that he has been actively involved in the scientific community with presentations,  in the organization of conferences, committee memberships and lab meetings. The criteria which made Ruddy stand out  from the other outstanding candidates was his presentation. Ruddy presented himself as a knowledgeable researcher who transfers his acquired knowledge from science to society. The way he designed his presentation and the ease with which he makes his achievements known in understandable language is remarkable. Ruddy's answers to the questions were similarly clear, direct and persuasive, and better and more informative than the answers of any of the other candidates. Therefore, his presentation was convincing, which shows he can clearly and enthusiastically bring over the message of his research to a broad audience."