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Thursday, December 15

Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science: A Professional Development Program from AIBS

Dear Colleague,

Reports abound from professional societies, the Academies, government agencies, and researchers calling attention to the fact that science is increasingly an inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, inter-institutional, and international endeavor. In short, science has become a “team sport.”

There is a real and present need to better prepare scientists for success in this new collaborative environment. The American Institute of Biological Sciences is responding to this call with a new program for scientists, educators, and research managers.

Team science is increasingly common in 21st century biological, life, and environmental sciences. Collaboration is no longer limited to sharing ideas with the biologist in the lab next door. The questions confronting science often require teams that may include a mix of computer and information scientists, physical and social scientists, mathematicians, ethicists, and even policy and management experts, as well as community stakeholders and citizen scientists. Adding to this complexity, teams span programs within organizations, cross organization boundaries to form institutional consortia, and often include international partners.

This intensive, two-day, interactive, professional development course was developed by scientists and experts on collaboration and teamwork to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to become productive and effective members of scientific teams.

Nothing teaches collaboration like practicing collaboration. This is not a course that asks you to learn in isolation. It is a microcosm of scientific collaboration, with extensive hands-on learning as part of a scientific team.

Who should attend?
  • Research program managers
  • Departmental leaders
  • Scientists engaged in collaborative projects
  • Graduate students and post-docs looking to augment basic research skills
  • Scientists working at the interface of different fields
  • Groups interested in developing successful research proposals
  • Academic, government, and industry scientists
This course is designed for anyone involved in collaborative scientific endeavors. Team leaders will find the course especially helpful. Because participants will work on “real-world” team science concerns, we encourage multiple members of a team to attend together.

Our staff members have used their decades of science policy and communications experience to develop training materials and resources that provide scientists with the skills needed to successfully communicate about their research with decision-makers and reporters.

Participants will develop and hone the skills needed to:
  • Engage in collaborative scientific ventures
  • Eliminate barriers to effective team science
  • Execute the factors that make collaborations successful
  • Build the right scientific team
  • Perform with a variety of personalities and work approaches
  • Create a team roadmap
  • Enact the five keys to leadership
  • Develop effective communication strategies and techniques
  • Facilitate scientific collaborations
  • Apply practical solutions for team science concerns
Participants receive:
  • Certificate of completion
  • Resource packet that includes materials for future reference and use
Dates: March 14-15, 2017

Location: AIBS Washington, DC, Offices, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005

Cost: The registration fee covers instruction, materials and resources, and breakfast and lunch during the program. Transportation and lodging are not included, but AIBS can offer recommendations about lodging options. NOTE: Do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you have received official confirmation from AIBS that course slots will be available for you on March 14-15, 2017. If wait-listed, you will be informed and have first priority for the next course offering. 
$825/person     Full registration for individuals who are not AIBS members or nominated by an AIBS Member Society/Organization. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Join AIBS now to save $100 on your registration.
$725/personDiscounted registration for AIBS Members and individuals nominated by AIBS Member Societies and Organizations. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration.
$725/personGroup discount for organizations that register four (4) or more participants. Please contact Robert Gropp atrgropp@aibs.org for details.
 If you would like us to bring the course to your institution, we are happy to accommodate you. We are also able to offer a discount for onsite courses. Please contact Robert Gropp at rgropp@aibs.org or 202-340-4281 for more information.

Register now: https://www.aibs.org/events/team_science_event.html

We look forward to seeing you this March!


Robert Gropp, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Executive Director