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Public Seminar
Reproducibility and Replicability in Science

September 24, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
National Academies of Sciences Building
Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

RR-SymposiumIn May 2019, the National Academies Committee on Reproducibility and Replicability in Science released its final report which provided guidance on definitions and actions that should be taken to address a set of wide-ranging concerns related to the lack of reproducibility and replicability in scientific results. This symposium will explore some of the main topics of the report and next steps towards improving research and how different audiences can gain confidence in scientific results.

Four topics will be explored through moderated discussions with panelists and the audience:

  • Actions and Responsibilities of Agencies and Scientific Leaders to Promote Confidence in Scientific Results

  • Replicability: What It Means to Replicate a Study

  • Reproducibility: Bridging the Gap between Funders and Providers of Needed Services for Computational Reproducibility

  • Moving Forward on Improving Science: Advice from Recent Academies Reports.

The symposium will also be webcast live.

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Report Launch
SBS Decadal Survey

September 30, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

SBS Decadal coverLKeck Center of the National Academies
Room 100
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Join members of the decadal survey committee and representatives from the federal government and research organizations to discuss findings and recommendations from the report as well as next steps to make progress in SBS research and collaboration between research communities and the intelligence community.
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Biannual Meetings
Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

Keck CenterFall Meeting 2019: November 20-21, NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave, NW

Spring Meeting 2020:
June 15-16, Washington, DC

Fall Meeting 2020: November 9-10, Washington, DC 


BBCSS is in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.




Recent Publications

Reproducibility and Replicability in Science

RR small coverReleased in May 2019, this Consensus Study Report offers definitions of reproducibility and replicability and examines the factors that may lead to non-reproducibility and non-replicability in research. While reproducibility is straightforward and should generally be expected, replicability is more nuanced, and in some cases a lack of replicability can aid the process of scientific discovery. The report provides recommendations to researchers, academic institutions, journals, and funders on steps they can take to improve reproducibility and replicability in science.

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A Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Research Agenda for Advancing Intelligence Analysis

SBS Decadal coverLReleased in March 2019, this Consensus Study Report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences recommends that the intelligence community (IC) make sustained collaboration with researchers in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) a key priority as it develops research objectives for the coming decade.

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How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures

HPL2 coverThis consensus study report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and the Board on Science Education summarizes identifies new findings related to neurological processes involved in learning, individual and cultural variability related to learning, and educational technologies. In addition to expanding scientific understanding of the mechanisms of learning and how the brain adapts throughout the lifespan, there have been important discoveries about influences on learning, particularly sociocultural factors and the structure of learning environments.

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Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief
Behavioral Economics and the Promotion of Health Among Aging Populations

Behavioral EconomicsThis publication from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences summarizes a workshop held June 2018 to discuss behavioral economics research and how to expand such research to be of benefit to older and middle-aged adults. The workshop looked at successful applications of the research; how to make them more effective; and focused on identifying approaches that could generate long-term benefits in areas of interest to the National Institute on Aging, such as decreasing sedentary behavior, promoting volunteering and social engagement, improving medical regimen adherence, and reducing inappropriate use of opioids and using opioids when medically necessary.

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