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
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
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.
Group discount for organizations that register four (4) or more participants. Please contact Robert Gropp firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or 202-340-4281 for more information.