Building the capacity for effective team science with interdisciplinary translation

During this workshop, participants will gain an introduction to a newly proposed method for conducting effective team science. Interdisciplinary translation embeds a trained interdisciplinarian in research teams to build team capacity and translate team communication across disciplinary languages and cultures.

Participants will be placed into interdisciplinary teams and given an example scenario with a complex system and a complex problem. One person will be briefly "trained" as an interdisciplinary translator and given a set of guidelines to follow while facilitating the team collaboration activity. Participants will practice communicating across disciplinary boundaries and collaboratively produce a conceptual diagram of the complex system, along with integrated potential research questions. Teams will present these outcomes and then engage in a discussion regarding the experience. They will then reflect on the process and co-create an inventory of best practices for interdisciplinary translation.


Andi Hess is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Translation and Integration Sciences Initiative at Arizona State University, which aims to help research teams across the university bridge disciplinary gaps through a process of interdisciplinary translation. She serves as Vice President/President-Elect on the Board of Directors for the International Network for the Science of Team Science (INSciTS) and teaches courses in Interdisciplinary Studies and Organizational Leadership.