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Interdisciplinary Integration Exercises: Practitioners share meeting design, facilitation methods, successes and failures

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Hendren C, Schultz J, Veazey P, Caulkins A. Interdisciplinary Integration Exercises: Practitioners share meeting design, facilitation methods, successes and failures. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 14, 2017.

For many people working in interdisciplinary roles, job responsibilities include connecting and communicating across boundaries of disciplinary expertise, sector, or other division that results in differences in culture, language and knowledge base. These practitioners are bought into concepts of interdisciplinarity and spend significant time and effort serving as the link between different moving parts of the team. However, to be truly effective at linking across boundaries in a manner that generates combined, transformational understanding, practitioners also need methods to shift the ownership of cross-pollinating and integrating ideas to the subject matter experts themselves. In this panel, team science practitioners will present their experiences with a variety of integrative exercises in which team members from a diverse array of knowledge domains participated in some type of programmatic event designed to facilitate the sharing and combining of their expertise in service of a common goal. Each panelist will describe the purpose, method, participant audience, and logistics of the exercise along with event outcomes, highlighting successes, failures and lessons learned. Interactive discussion will take place following all four presentations. We will structure the first portion of this discussion by allowing each presenter to describe their approach and identify any specific feedback and critique they’d like to solicit from session attendees that may be useful to incorporate in future iterations of the exercises. After all four panelsts have presented, there will be an open-ended panel-wide question and answer session. Potential questions to seed the discussion will include consideration of applying the presented methods to different scenarios or disciplines, or patterns that may emerge across the different exercises in terms of common successes or challenges. Attendees will come away having learned of four example exercises within the context of particular communities and goals, as well as having participated in an interactive evaluative discussion that may spark ideas for new applications of presented methods, or entirely new ideas for exercises in their organizations.



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Oral presentation


SciTS 2017 Conference, Presentation, interdisciplinary, integration, meeting design, facilitation method, success, failure

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/5/2017 3:01:57 PM.

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