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Co-creating a FORRT: The Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training

A conversation with Flavio Azevedo

Published onMay 18, 2023
Co-creating a FORRT: The Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training

Flavio Azevedo shares with Jo about his work with the FORRT community, which focuses on open scholarship, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The members of the FORRT community have developed several initiatives, including a glossary of open scholarship terms, lesson plans, and a project on replications and reversals. They also have a team advocating for neurodiversity and its connection to open scholarship movement. You are welcome to join FORRT and engage in any of their projects.

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Flavio is an assistant professor of social psychology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Flavio was a research associate at Cambridge University’s Social Decision-Making Lab (CSDMLab), Cambridge, UK, at the Saxony’s Center for Criminological Research (ZFKS), Chemnitz, Germany, and at the Communication Department of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. His research focuses on political psychology, specifically on ideology, how to measure it, and its role in political behavior and justifying social and economic injustices. Flavio also focuses on uncovering the ideological basis of anti-scientific attitudes and conspiratorial thinking. Flavio co-founded and directs FORRT—A Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training—an award-winning interdisciplinary community of 750+ early-career scholars aiming to integrate open scholarship principles into higher education and to advance research transparency, reproducibility, rigor, and ethics through pedagogical reform and metascience. Flavio is a Fulbright Fellow, recipient of the Dorothy Bishop Open Science Award, and was recently named as one of the 100 most influential early career Portuguese via the “Global Shapers” initiative by the World Economic Forum. His work has been featured at NASA, UNESCO, NYT, and others.

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9000-8513

Twitter: @Flavio_Azevedo_

LinkedIn: in/flavio-azevedo-571a371aa/

Mastodon: social/@flavioazevedo

Which researcher – dead or alive – do you find inspiring? Carl Sagan

What is your favorite animal, and why? All animals. Because they are all awesome. There are two cats who stole my (and my partner’s) hearts: Bento & Pitu.  

Name your (current) favorite song and interpret/group. Heart of Glass by Blondie (but sang by Miley Cyrrus)

Miley Cyrus - Heart Of Glass (Live from the iHeart Festival)

What is your favorite dish/meal? The rice my partner makes... we call it “loloz”. And sushi, lots of sushi.

Bento & Pitu, Flavio’s cats (meow)


  • Azevedo, F., Parsons, S., Micheli, L., Strand, J., Rinke, E., … & FORRT (2019, December 13). Introducing a Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training (FORRT).

  • Azevedo, F., Liu, M., Pennington, C. R., Pownall, M., Evans, T. R., Parsons, S., Elsherif, M. M., Micheli, L., Westwood, S., & FORRT. (2021). Towards a culture of open scholarship: The role of pedagogical communities. BMC Research Notes, 15(1), 1-5.

  • Elsherif, M. M., Middleton, S. L., Phan, J. M., Azevedo, F., Iley, B. J., Grose-Hodge, M., … Dokovova, M. (2022, June 20). Bridging Neurodiversity and Open Scholarship: How Shared Values Can Guide Best Practices for Research Integrity, Social Justice, and Principled Education.   

  • Parsons, S., Azevedo, F., Elsherif, M. M., Guay, S., Shahim, O. N., Govaart, G. H., Norris, E., O’Mahony, A., Parker, A. J., Todorovic, A., Pennington, C. R., Garcia-Pelegrin, E., Lazić, A., Robertson, O. M., Middleton, S. L., Valentini, B., McCuaig, J., Baker, B. J., Collins, E., … Aczel, B. (2022). A Community-Sourced Glossary of Open Scholarship Terms. Nature human behaviour, 6(3), 312-318.

  • Pownall, M., Azevedo, F., Aldoh, A., Elsherif, M., Vasilev, M., Pennington, C. R., ... & Parsons, S. (2021). Embedding open and reproducible science into teaching: A bank of lesson plans and resources. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.

  • Pownall, M., Azevedo, F., König, L. M., Slack, H. R., Evans, T. R., Flack, Z., … FORRT. (2023). Teaching open and reproducible scholarship: a critical review of the evidence base for current pedagogical methods and their outcomes. Royal Society Open Science.

  • Korbmacher, M., Azevedo, F., Pennington, C. R., Hartmann, H., Pownall, M., Schmidt, K., Elsherif, M., Breznau, N., Robertson, O., Kalandadze, T., Yu, S., Baker, B. J., O'Mahony, A., Olsnes, J. Ø.-S., Shaw, J. J., Gjoneska, B., Yamada, Y., Röer, J. P., Murphy, J., Alzahawi, S., Grinschgl, S., Oliveira, C. M., Wingen, T., Yeung, S. K., Liu, M., König, L. M., Albayrak-Aydemir, N., Lecuona, O., Micheli, L., & Evans, T. (in press). The replication crisis has led to positive structural, procedural, and community changes. Communications Psychology.

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