Date(s) - 23/11/2020 - 27/11/2020
09:00 - 18:00

Anja Dekanski


Note: this workshop is offered in an asynchronous format, meaning it can be completed at any time during the workshop weeks in your own time. Please do register in order to receive all materials, however.

Organizer: Anja Dekanski

Anja Dekanski is one of the Junior Teaching Fellows at UCM and is one of the tutors for Research Methods right now. At UCM, she focused on Biomedical Sciences and Public Health Policymaking. She has had experience with a broad range of research – from cell culture work in the radiology department to qualitative interviews with the Maastricht municipality’s health officials. Now she mostly teaches skills and core courses.

Workshop description:

The word experiment gets thrown around a lot. Everyone wants their unusual set up to be called an experiment – from Netflix’s “Love is Blind” to people taking drugs in the name of science. However, natural sciences have strict rules as to what is an experiment and what is its purpose. In this workshop we will discuss these guidelines and the role of experiments in generating knowledge in the fields of biology and medicine. The workshop will also cover some most used tools in biomedical experimental research including markers, knock-outs and gene editing. We will then apply our knowledge and zoom in on examples of experiments in the history of biology as well some most recent ground-breaking experiments in biomedical sciences.

What are the methodology and/or methods that the workshop will cover?

  • Experimental design
  • Basic statistical data analysis of lab results
  • Hypothesis testing (in the context of biomedical sciences)

To participate in this workshop, you will need to prepare the following material(s):

No prior knowledge is required. However, students are advised to watch a YouTube video as an introduction into the Biomedical Sciences as a field. The title of the video is Biomedicine: Crash Course History of Science #34.

At the end of this workshop, you will have obtained the following skills:

  • Define what an experiment means in the context of lab research
  • Distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ experimental design
  • Discuss the purpose of experimental design in lab research
  • Be able to set up an experiment for your own biomedical/lab-based research question
  • Be able to draw conclusions from data generated with experiments (simple statistics and data analysis)

Workshop format:

The workshop will be a recorded lecture (approx. 60min) with a homework assignment at the end (up to 30min needed). It can be taken at any time, and is not tied to a specific timeslot. There will be an optional online contact hour on 27 November at 13:30-14:30. Registration is nonetheless necessary in order to receive the documents and instructions you need to complete it.

– – Registrations are currently open for anyone, regardless of whether they are a student in Research Methods 2 or not. Final registrations close on Monday 23 November 2020 at noon. – –


Registrations are currently closed for this event.