12th Annual International Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference

#SciTS2021 is going online!  
Extended dates June 7-11, 2021
Call for Abstracts now open!


 

Science of Team Science and the Human Condition

The 12th Annual International Science of Team Science Conference hosted by Virginia Tech aims to advance our understanding of collaborative initiatives that address multidimensional complex societal problems. We invite team science academics, leaders and members of cross-disciplinary teams, institutional leaders and administrators, and funding agencies to collaboratively rethink how science of team science research and practice may serve as a foundation for positive change and justice.


The theme of the SciTS 2021 is Science of Team Science and the Human Condition. As a point of convergence between science and practice, the conference will provide a platform to investigate contributions that team science research can make to addressing urgent contemporary challenges. This year’s conference will highlight the interface of the science of team science with challenges such as:

  • Responding to megadisasters (e.g., the COVID pandemic; hurricanes and fires),
  • Curtailing systemic racism and the need to create and implement anti-racist policies and practices, including technologies, and
  • Grappling with challenges in large growing metropolitan regions, such as equitable economic growth, affordable housing, education, and healthcare, food scarcity, infrastructure systems (including IT systems), and the impacts of climate change.

As the host university with a growing footprint in the Greater Washington, DC region, we are eager to advance understanding of  contextual conditions and collaborative processes that promote development and coordination of laws, policies, strategies, and practices that address urgent societal challenges. The conference will feature scholars, practitioners, funders, and other leaders from across the country and the globe, thereby serving as a context for engaging team science principles and elaborating the  contributions of team science scholarship and practice toward improving the human condition.

We invite submissions that focus on any pertinent topic relevant to the science of team science. These include, but are not limited to past interests:    

•    Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning & Public Interest
•    Arts and Humanities
•    Big Data
•    Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing
•    Collaborative Readiness and Antecedents
•    Collaborative Governance and Public Participation    
•    Communication
•    Data Visualization
•    Distributed/Virtual Teams
•    Diversity on Teams (e.g., cultural, gender, age)
•    Disciplinary Diversity on Teams
•    Educational and Teaching Team Science Principles
•    Effectiveness of Cross-Disciplinary Research Centers
•    Environmental Influences (e.g., organizational factors, physical environment)
•    Evaluation of Team Processes & Outcomes
•    Funding Strategies
•    Innovation and Creativity
•    Institutional Policies
•    Leadership for Effective Team Science
•    Learning & Knowledge Networks (e.g., Research Networking)
•    Inter- & Trans-disciplinary Teams and Approaches
•    Methods for Science of Team Science Research
•    Multi-level/Systems Approaches
•    Multi-team Systems
•    Networks
•    Open Science
•    Philosophical Approaches
•    Promoting Team Science Values and Awareness
•    Sociotechnical Systems
•    Studies of Cross-Cultural and International Science Teams
•    Team Assembly
•    Team Composition
•    Team Dynamics
•    Team Macro-cognition
•    Team Science in the Clinical Translational Science Institutes (CTSI)
•    Team Types/Typology
•    Theoretical Approaches
•    Training, Mentorship & Professional Development
•    Translational Science Teams
 
In line with this year's conference theme on the Science of Team Science and the Human Condition, we also invite submissions on the following new topics:

  1. Team Science and responses to megadisasters
  2. Inclusive approaches to team science, factoring in race, culture, and gender
  3. Team Science and megaregional challenges (e.g., infrastructure, housing, climate change)

You may also have your abstract considered for the Community Award for Outstanding Presentation. Be sure to make this selection during the abstract submission process.

 

SUBMISSION OPTIONS

  1. Individual Pre-recorded Splash Talks
  2. NEW! Interactive and Participatory Sessions
    1. Collaborative Panel
    2. SIG Panel
    3. Workshop
  3. NEW! Early Career Colloquium
  4. NEW! Graduate Student Colloquium

 

SUBMISSION OPTIONS:

Individual Pre-recorded Splash Talks

Pre-recorded splash talks will provide authors the opportunity to present original work related to conference topics. Instructions on how to record presentations will be provided once decisions are made.    

Splash talk presenters will pre-record 5 minute presentations which will be available to INSciTS members for asynchronous viewing and for providing presenters feedback.  

Papers submitted in this category may represent original empirical research, theoretical development, reviews, or critiques. The charater limit for pre-recorded splash talk abstracts is 3000 characters. Abstracts should include the following information, when relevant.

  • Objective, problem under investigation, hypothesis, or research goal
  • Description of research methods
  • Summary of findings
  • Statement of how the research advances the SciTS field

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Interactive and Participatory Sessions

The intent of Interactive and Participatory sessions is to actively involve and engage participants in discussion and/or problem solving on any of the SciTS 2021 topics listed above. For example, you may introduce an engaging topic and invite commentary from the participants through exercises or activities. Alternatively, your presentation may directly engage participants through a design session, hackathon, creativity space, or sessions that invite participants to vote on particular interests or issues and then discuss the issues raised. Sessions that draw from alternative and emerging research paradigms are also welcomed, such as arts-informed and participatory approaches or contemplative education. We encourage you to think creatively, including shifting away from physically-based sessions, and instead focusing on the unique capabilities and benefits of digital media and online settings.

Proposers can choose from Collaborative Panels, SIG Panels, and Workshops. Details for each type of session are provided below.

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Collaborative Panel Presentation

Collaborative Panel Presentations provide authors the option to organize a panel comprising three related presentations. We especially value collaborative panels that incorporate diversity (disciplinary, demographic, fields and professions, and societal sectors).             

A panel presentation abstract must include an abstract summarizing the overall theme of the panel, as well as individual abstracts for each presentation included in the panel.
Please include the following information in your abstract submission if you are interested in submitting a collaborative panel proposal.
  • Objectives (at least 3), goals, and expected outcomes
  • Relevance to the conference/significance to the field: Briefly state the focus of your panel proposal topic and note the importance, relevance, value, and/or interest to the broad SciTS community. Provide a brief explanation of how this event will appeal to the audience with respect to both content and format
  • Description of target audience
  • Proposed panel format, activities, and schedule. Describe how your panel will be organized. Explain the strategies you will use to engage session attendees
  • Technologies: The conference will use zoom as the primary conference platform. Please state what zoom features you will use to facilitate your session (breakout rooms, polls, chat, etc.)
  • Abstracts for each presentation in the panel. Consider including the following information, when relevant.
    • Objective, problem under investigation, hypothesis, or research goal
    • Description of research methods
    • Summary of findings
    • Statement of how the research advances the SciTS field
The character limit for collaborative panel presentation abstract is 9000 characters.

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INSciTS Special Interest Group (SIG) Panel (Limited Submission)

INSciTS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are member-led groups that provide a “home within a home” for INSciTS members to connect and collaborate with colleagues who have shared interests in the SciTS field. We invite each SIG (listed below) to submit one Panel proposal; please work with your SIG Chair & Co-Chair if you have suggestions for Panel topics. For more information about SIGs, go to https://www.inscits.org/sigs.
INSciTS Active SIGs (Chair; Co-Chair)
  1. Fostering Team Science in Academia (Scott Leischow, [email protected]; Stephen Crowley, [email protected]; Kathy Halvorsen, [email protected])
  2. Team Science Education & Training (Wayne McCormack, [email protected])
  3. Incubator Spaces for Team Science (Ellen Fisher, [email protected]; Hannah Love, [email protected])
  4. Scientometrics and Data Analytics for Team Science (Zaida Chinchilla-Rodríguez, [email protected]; Yi Bu, [email protected]; Lin Zhang, [email protected]; Ying Huang, [email protected])
  5. Intereach - A SIG for Interdisciplinary Executive Scientists, Research Development Professionals, and I2S Specialists (Christine Hendren, [email protected]; Kristine Glauber, [email protected])
Please include the following information in your abstract submission if you are interested in submitting a SIG panel proposal.
  • Objectives (at least 3), goals, and expected outcomes
  • Relevance to the conference/significance to the field: Briefly state the focus of your panel proposal topic and note the importance, relevance, value, and/or interest to the broad SciTS community. Provide a brief explanation of how this event will appeal to the audience with respect to both content and format
  • Description of target audience
  • Proposed panel format, activities, and schedule. Describe how your panel will be organized. Explain the strategies you will use to engage session attendees
  • Technologies: The conference will use zoom as the primary conference platform. Please state what zoom features you will use to facilitate your session (breakout rooms, polls, chat, etc.)
  • Abstracts for each presentation in the panel. Consider including the following information, when relevant.
    • Objective, problem under investigation, hypothesis, or research goal
    • Description of research methods
    • Summary of findings
    • Statement of how the research advances the SciTS field
The character limit for SIG panel presentation abstracts is 9000 characters.

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Workshops

The 2021 SciTS Program Committee invites submissions from individuals or groups to conduct Special Interest Workshops and Seminars. Workshops and seminars can be a maximum of two 90-minute sessions in length. All topics relevant to Science of Team Science approaches are welcomed, including training sessions that will equip SciTS investigators with tools and technical skills for data collection, analysis, or presentation in their areas of research and education. Workshop or seminar proposals that incorporate a variety of instructional approaches (e.g., lecture, interactive discussion, hands-on exercises) and materials (e.g., slides, videos, handouts, sample data) are strongly encouraged. We also encourage workshops or seminars with a focus on methodologies including systems approaches, to the field of team science as well as evaluation and understanding team dynamics. Furthermore, we welcome workshops and seminars that provide practical guidance for conducting and managing team science in a variety of contexts and settings, and workshops with a focus on developing team science educational and training resources. Please include the following information in your abstract submission (6000 characters).
  • Objectives (at least 3), goals, and expected outcomes
  • Relevance to the conference/significance to the field: Briefly state the focus of your workshop proposal topic and note the importance, relevance, value, and/or interest to the broad SciTS community. Provide a brief explanation of how this event will appeal to the audience with respect to both content and format
  • Statement regarding how the workshop can benefit SciTS attendees/community
  • Description of target audience. Please note that the minimum number of participants for workshops is 50
  • Proposed workshop format, activities, and schedule. Describe how your workshop will be organized. Explain the strategies you will use to engage session attendees
  • Technologies: The conference will use zoom as the primary conference platform. Please state what zoom features you will use to facilitate your session (i.e., breakout rooms, polls, chat, etc.)
  • Duration: Indicate the number of 90-minute sessions your event will require (maximum 2)

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Early Career Colloquium

The purpose of the SciTS 2021 Early Career Colloquium is to provide high-quality mentorship and networking opportunities for early career researchers (e.g., post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors). During the colloquium, early career scholars will share their research plans and aspirations with accomplished mentors who have expertise in various areas represented within the SciTS community, as well as extensive experience in grant writing, promotion and/or tenure review, the peer-review process, teaching, and professional service. Early career scholars will engage in discourse with these mentors and their peers to improve their understanding of having a successful career.

The Early Career Colloquium is open to scholars within five years of completing their doctoral degree. Early career scholars will be chosen through a competitive application process. Please include the following information in your abstract (6000 characters).

  • Your research topic and/or specialization (e.g., research questions)
  • The current status of your career
  • Your career objectives
  • Why you want to participate in the early career colloquium
  • What specific issues or challenges with your research and career you would like to explore further in the colloquium
  • Any career-related questions that you might have
  • You may include a link to your webpage with your current CV

Selection process

Participants of the Early Career Colloquium will be selected based on their applications; perceived relevance and potential contribution to research in the SciTS field, and their anticipated contribution to the colloquium goals. Applications will be reviewed by two reviewers. Emphasis will be placed on the formation of groups of participants whose research career is at a stage that can best benefit from the colloquium and who reflect individual excellence and motivation while at the same time contributing to the colloquium objectives and the aggregate diversity of the cohort.

Accepted applicants must register for the SciTS conference before the conclusion of the Early Bird Registration period. Failure to register by the specified deadline may result in your slot being given to someone else.

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Graduate Student Colloquium

The SciTS Graduate Student Colloquium provides graduate students the opportunity to present their work, and engage with their peers and faculty members in a setting that is relatively informal, but allows for high-quality intellectual interactions.

Participants in the graduate student colloquium will be selected by a review committee based on their application materials.

Please provide the following information in your abstract (6000 characters).

  • A short introductory statement explaining who the applicant is, their institutional affiliation, supervisors, and (provisional) thesis/dissertation title
  • The applicant’s interest in the conference colloquium
  • The applicant’s current stage of their graduate career (beginning, completion of required courses or initial candidacy stage, full doctoral status, data collection and analysis, about to submit thesis, etc)
  • An explanation of what they hope to get out of attendance at the graduate student colloquium
  • A research statement describing their dissertation project, including the part of the project which will be presented at the colloquium

We encourage student applicants to also submit their work for possible presentation through an individual splash talk or interactive and participatory panel session. These submissions will go through the regular conference review process.

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KEY DATES

  • Abstracts due: February 28, 2021 at 11:59pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).
  • Presenter notification: March 31, 2021

ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION NOTES:

The selection committee reserves the right to propose alternative presentation formats.

 

Meet the SciTS2021 Conference Planning Team

 

QUESTIONS?

Contact: [email protected]