Research Synthesis 2018

June 10, 2018 – June 12, 2018

Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID)

Event location: University of Trier, Campus II - Kapelle (Please note that the university has two different campuses, we are at the second one!)

Research synthesis techniques such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses have become standard methods for aggregating the results from thematically related research in psychology. They can be used to describe the state of the art in a research field, to test and/or compare theories, and to derive conclusions about the effectiveness of interventions.

Ideally, research syntheses use transparent procedures to find, evaluate, and aggregate the results of relevant research. Procedures are explicitly defined in advance to ensure that all steps are transparent and replicable. This practice is designed to minimize bias and increase the trustworthiness of findings. Consequently, well-performed research syntheses may decisively contribute to shaping and/or resolving hotspot debates in psychology and beyond.

The overall aim of this conference is to address hotspot topics in all subfields of psychology and related areas with the aid of research synthesis methods. The topics covered may address:

  • Systematic reviews aimed at identifying hotspot topics in psychology.
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses on topics currently being debated in any subfield of psychology.
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses contributing to the recent discussion about replicability, transparency, and research integrity in psychology.
  • Meta-analytic replications and extensions of previously published syntheses, for example, by applying more recent approaches and/or by including more recent primary studies.
  • Methodological advances in research synthesis methods relevant for any subfield of psychology, such as, for instance, meta-analytic structural equation modeling (MASEM), individual person meta-analysis (IPD), network meta-analysis, to name a few.
  • Demonstrations and tools to assist in data extraction for meta-analysis.
  • Quality-appraisal systems for primary, secondary, and meta-analytic studies.


Invited Keynote Speakers

Frank Bosco, Virginia Commonwealth University:
"metaBUS: Summarizing and visualizing one million findings in psychology."

Mike Cheung, National University of Singapore:
"Bridging meta-analysis and standard statistical methods."

Daniel Lakens, Eindhoven University of Technology:
"On the reproducibility of meta-analyses."

Wolfgang Viechtbauer, Maastricht University:
"Meta-analytic models for multilevel, multivariate, temporal, and spatial data."

Wim Van Den Noortgate, KU Leuven:
"Using multilevel models for the meta-analysis of dependent effect sizes."


The final program is now available!

To view the final program of this conference, click here.

Please find the abstract collection for all planned sessions here.

For the final program of the associated conference Big Data in Psychology (June 7-9, 2018), click here.

An associated conference on methods and applications using Big Data in Psychology will take place at ZPID - Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information in Trier, Germany, on June 7-9, 2018. For further details, click here.

“Ad hoc” childcare for conference participants and presenters

We have arranged for free childcare service for accompanying children of participants and presenters attending the “Big Data in Psychology” (June, 7-9, 2018) and/or “Research Synthesis” (June, 10-12, 2018) conference. During the conference hours, qualified care of the children will be provided by employees of the Caritas family services. Childcare is located at University of Trier, Campus I (student residence building IV; “ad hoc-Raum für Kinder”), about 10-15 minutes from the conference venue (walking distance).
To sign up for this free service send an e-mail ( with your name and the number of children who will attend. Any questions that may arise can be directed to the same e-mail address.


Registration fee

Early Bird (Dec 15 until Apr 15): EUR 250.-

Regular (Apr 16 until May 15): EUR 300.-

Late (May 16 until June 7): EUR 350.-

(Please note that there is a reduced registration fee option if you are presenting at this conference.)



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Posted: 2019-05-30
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