Are meta-analyses worth the hassle? TL;DR: It depends

  • Date: Feb 20, 2024
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Alfredo Sánchez-Tójar
  • Evolutionary Biology, Universität Bielefeld
  • Location: MPI BI Seewiesen
  • Room: HYBRID presentation! MPI BI Seewiesen, Haus 4, Seminarraum 4/0.07 und 4/0.08, Meeting-ID: 844 7224 0120 Kenncode: 185545
  • Host: Clemens Küpper
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 Are meta-analyses worth the hassle? TL;DR: It depends

With an ever-growing number of scientific articles published each year, evidence syntheses, especially meta-analyses, are becoming essential to understand and summarize scientific development, and thus, to inform future research and policies. However, meta-analyses rarely constitute the endpoints of scientific debates and in fact, most meta-analyses are of low quality and poorly interpreted. Drawing from my own ecological and evolutionary biology meta-analyses, in this talk, I plan to provide a general introduction to meta-analysis with a special focus on how to read and interpret meta-analyses, and most importantly how to identify the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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