As science becomes more specialized, we increasingly rely on the expertise of fellow scientists to help guide novel directions in our research and find innovative applications for our findings. In a Question/Answer session with NIH Ombudsman Dr. Howard Gadlin and NHLBI Deputy Scientific Director Dr. Michelle Bennett about their upcoming "Team Science" workshop, we learned a bit about what to expect from this great opportunity!
Take a look at what Dr. Gadlin and Dr. Bennett have to say about team science:
Q: What is team science?
A: We are talking about team science (and collaboration) from the perspective of the researcher who has an idea for solving a complex scientific question or who has been asked by someone in a more senior position to pull together a group to tackle an challenging research issue that requires input from people from different backgrounds and disciplines. It is a collaborative, integrated, approach requiring cooperation and excellent communication skills that results in a highly productive research effort.
Q: What is the goal of your upcoming workshop relating to team science?
A: The goal is to introduce the group to the importance of understanding the intricacies of working as a member of or leading a collaborative team. We often hear people say that many of the things seem so obvious - and on the face of it, they might be. However, integrating the principles we talk about into who you are as a team member or leader is not as obvious.
Q: What can a fellow expect to take away from this workshop?
A: An introduction to knowledge, skills, tools, and approaches that when used can greatly enhance not only their experiences in collaborative work - but can contribute to satisfaction on the part of those working with them.
Q: Please describe your vision of team science in the future--what role will it play in research and data analysis?
A: In the future team science and collaboration will be part of how research is done, planned, reviewed, rewarded, and recognized. There will be no need for workshops like this.
The Team Science workshop will occur on July 30th from 10:00am-12:00pm. Please register through Brenda Hanning, firstname.lastname@example.org.