Science of Team Science

Scientific research is increasingly being conducted by diverse teams with team members crossing disciplinary, geographic, and institutional barriers

WHY? The shift in scientific teams, towards larger and more diverse teams, is due in part to the complexity of problems that scientists are being asked to solve. To solve many of the “wicked problems” and complex problems now facing our world such as climate change, violent crime, or water shortages, scientists will need to work in an interdisciplinary fashion to combine and transform knowledge. However, working in a team to combine scientific knowledge across disciplines presents many challenges.

As team science becomes more prevalent, how we can develop, coach, train, and assess teams in order to create the greatest likelihood for successful teams?

Team Science Training Menu:

Who: Groups of all sizes including PIs, Pre and Post-Docs, researchers, community liasons, etc

What: Working on a team can be a challenge!  Have you ever said, “I hate group projects,” or “It isn’t natural for me to work on a team?”  There are basic science of team science (SciTS) principles such as even turn-taking, followership, practicing social sensitivity, and proportion female that can improve team experiences!  The purpose of this training is two-fold.  First, we will host a workshop to overview key aspects of SCITS literature.  Second, the workshop will provide an overview of team science research, tools, examples, and action steps to make your next team experience a positive one! 

Time: 4 hours -5 hours

Who: PI’s and others in leadership positions

What: Team science training targeted to support PI’s.  The training is similar to the Team Science Training listed above except it is targeted for PI’s.  The training will cover leadership tools and concepts to support PI’s in best practices for team science.  Topics include: even turn-taking, followership, and student committees. 

Time: Half-day

Who: Pre and Post-Doctoral Students

What: Team science training targeted to support students  The training is similar to the Team Science Training listed above except it is targeted for students.  The training will cover followershipt, turn-taking, team diversity, gender inclusivity, and concepts to support students in best practices for team science. 

Time: Half-day

Who: Groups of all sizes (not required to be a team)

What: Feeling unsure about the value of team science?  This training provides an overview of foundational literature in team science and then walks participants through an interactive group activity that emphasizes the value of working as a member of a team. 

Time: 2 hours

Who: Whole teams

What: The Team Science Toolbox was developed by philosophers at the University of Idaho studying team science.  It was created to help scientific teams have conversations about differences in scientific terminology including methodology, motivation, values and more.  We will walk teams through the tool and provide a facilitated conversations about different scientific perspectives.  Visit the toolbox website.

Time: 2-4 hours

Who: Whole teams

What: Interested in having a SciTS researcher study your team?  A social scientist will engage your team in a rigorous research study to track the development of your team using social network analysis and other social science tools.  Contact us for more information and a free consultation to scope the project.

Time: SciTS researcher follows teams for 2-4 years

Who: Whole teams or groups that need to combine and innovate new knowledge

What: Want to combine knowledge in new and interesting ways but you don’t know how?  Is your team having trouble working through a tough part of their research?  We will facilitate a team/group conversation to help.  Contact us for more information and a free consultation to scope the project.

Time: varies, half day to 4 days

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Jeni E. Cross, PhD Professor of Sociology, Program Director

Hannah Love, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Shawana Bendeck, PhD Student, Sociology

Alyssa Stephens, Research Project Coordinator, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences

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