Community member post by Stephen M. Fiore
How can we create new academic communities? I provide lessons from building the Science of Team Science (SciTS), a rapidly growing cross-disciplinary field of study. SciTS works to build an evidence-base and to develop translational applications to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of team-based research.
I particularly draw lessons from the recent 8th annual conference attended by approximately 200 people. The conference aimed to:
- disseminate the current state of knowledge in the SciTS field along with applications for enhancing team science;
- provide opportunities to discuss future directions for advancing SciTS to improve the global scientific enterprise; and,
- provide opportunities for interaction amongst a diverse group of stakeholders, including thought leaders in the SciTS field, scientists engaged in team-based research, institutional leaders who promote collaborative research, policymakers, and federal agency representatives.