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Research on complex problems requires integration across boundaries between teams, disciplines, and sectors in service of shared goals. Intereach, or Interdisciplinary Integration Research Careers Hub, is a community for the people whose work is making this integration happen. With the rise in funding of large centers, institutions and ambitious projects to tackle research questions requiring broad expertise, the capacity for successful interdisciplinary connection, translation and synthesis throughout the lifecycle of a team is paramount to success. However, often these functions are diffusely distributed, handled in an ad-hoc way, or are carried out by people in “alt-academic” careers in temporary positions. This state of affairs can lead to science outcomes that are sub-optimal, and fails to appropriately recognize the intellectual leadership and expertise required to cultivate connections, facilitate collaboration and synthesize ideas that are greater than the sum of their parts. As with the other areas of domain space knowledge in established disciplines, this integrative work must be recognized and fostered to attain excellence and to attract talent. The Intereach community aspires to both develop a profession, and to support professional development. Through a monthly webinar series, annual workshops at the Science of Team Science conference, listserv communication and collaborative projects, Intereach promotes the establishment of intentional career paths for this important work, and gather (or create) resources in terms of networks, training, and best practices to improve our approaches. This is an open membership group; click here to join our listserv and join us in helping address broad, interconnected problems to meet ambitious interdisciplinary goals.

Christine Ogilvie Hendren, PhD, Executive Director and Research Scientist, Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology, Duke University

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Interdisciplinary, Integration, Community of Practice, Careers

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  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
  • Enhance team performance, interactions, and attitudes
  • Provide institutional support for team science
  • Provide training for team science to team members or students
  • Engage community partners in your scientific team


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Resource created by Christine Hendren on 6/26/2017 2:01:59 PM.

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