By Gemma Jiang, Diane Boghrat and Jenny Grabmeier
How can large cross-disciplinary science institutes consisting of multiple teams working on multiple research projects overcome significant challenges to research coordination? Key aspects are:
- Visibility: how to keep different project teams informed of each other’s progress?
- Learning: how to support cross-project learning?
- Accountability: how to keep project teams accountable for their goals and deliverables?
Tackling these challenges requires a combination of asynchronous communications such as Slack, newsletters and emails, as well as synchronous communications such as research coordination meetings.
We describe an effective way of organizing weekly research coordination meetings in an institute bridging the gap between computer science and biology and share key reflections.