Published: 19 March 2021

Surrey PhD student awarded prestigious neuroscience credibility prize

Marta Topor, a third-year PhD student at the University of Surrey has been named the Student Researcher Credibility Prize 2021 winner by the British Neuroscience Association (BNA).

Marta Topor
Student Researcher Credibility Prize 2021 winner

PhD student Marta is currently studying action control processes in developmental motor disorders. As well as implementing open science and credible practices in her own work, she has also been actively sharing techniques with others, and supporting the open science community.

Marta's publications include work focused on encouraging open and reproducible evidence synthesis in non-interventional research, and a primer to help researchers implement open science through code. She has also led two open science workshops at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar, and was a speaker for the Organization for Human Brain Mapping's Open Science Room. 

Marta is the founder and president of the Surrey Reproducibility Society. Here she has organised a number of events to empower and educate others on reproducible and open science practices. She is also the co-leader of the Non-Interventional, Open, and Reproducible Systematic Reviews (NIROES) collaboration which aims to develop a set of tools to support evidence synthesis. 

Speaking of her achievement, Marta said: “I am very honoured to be awarded this BNA Credibility Prize and incredibly grateful to BNA for recognising the importance of initiatives for open and reliable research in general, as well as in my own work and activities."


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