This seminar is for those faculty/staff members who are interested in learning some basic strategies for developing research teams to address more complex and multifaceted problems that require cross-disciplinary collaboration. With the growth of specialized knowledge, there is a significant need for partnerships among researchers and practitioners from different fields in order to address complex problems. Funding agencies now expect collaborations among a broad range of disciplines, and large-scale proposals are expected to include details on the tools and support structures that will be employed to ensure the efficiency and success of the project team. There is a growing interest in evaluating the antecedent conditions, collaborative processes, and outcomes associated with collaborative research, as well as the organizational, social, and political context that influences team science.
Professors Nikolau and Narasimhan have successfully built cross-disciplinary research teams in two very different fields. Based on their own experiences, and what might be called the “art of team science”, they will talk about the factors that facilitated team work and those that stood in the way of success. They will also provide some practical suggestions and recommendations that workshop participants can use to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their own collaborative initiatives: practices that can facilitate the formation and function of a successful team, especially when it involves transdisciplinary work and includes geographically dispersed collaborations.
Lunch will be provided.
Stokols D, Hall KL, Taylor BK, Moser RP. The science of team science: overview of the field and introduction to the supplement. Am J Prevent Med. 2008;35(2 Supplement):S77-S89.
When & Where
Office of the Vice President for Research
The ISU Office of the Vice President for Research offers professional development workshops to help faculty build strong research programs and write successful grant proposals.