SpotOn London is back and ready to push the boundaries of science communication and policy with a new one-day conference taking place at the Wellcome Collection on Saturday, 5 November 2016.  Hosted by BioMed Central, Digital Science and the Wellcome Trust, SpotOn London will be a dynamic, highly interactive meeting of researchers, science communicators, technologists, and those interested in science policy.

At this year’s session, we’ll be exploring the future of peer review. The theme is: What might peer review look like in 2030? 

It is often said that, much like Churchill’s famous quote on democracy, peer review is the worst system possible… “except all other forms that have been tried from time to time”.

Our aim will be to collaborate on practical, feasible solutions to improve peer review, but also to brainstorm radical ideas which might lead to more experimental innovation. We will also discuss how we promote and teach peer review.

SpotOn offers an excellent forum for collaboration and discussion with like-minded individuals across science, communications, technology and policy. This year there will be plenty of opportunities to learn about new tools and technologies, pick up practical skills and network with a range of experts.

Can technology make peer review faster, easier, more transparent? Or will the rush to share data overshadow quality and confidence in scientific literature? How might peer review be extended to research data, software and blog posts? Will pre-print servers, post-publication article metrics, and research sharing platforms force a complete overhaul of the peer review process? Will peer review continue to be the best defence against bad science, or will advances in AI mean that the not so distant future is entirely peer-less?

Come and join us to peer into the future of peer review. Sign up here to receive programme details, regular updates about the conference and post-conference summaries.


What is SpotOn?

SpotOn is a series of community events for researchers, science communicators, technologists, and those interested in science policy.

Our flagship conference is the annual SpotOn event in London, formerly called Science Online London. This year will be our sixth session.

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