Team Science 101

Team science is a broad-based collaborative effort to address intellectual, scientific, and societal challenges that require leveraging strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields. Increasingly, scientists across many disciplines and settings are engaged in team-based research initiatives. Funding agencies and programs have also begun to codify team science as an outcome of large-scale grant opportunities. The success of any team-science proposal is influenced by a variety of contextual environmental influences and researchers’ ability to define and evaluate indicators of quality and success. Therefore, understanding team science from multiple perspectives is necessary to improve collaborative practices for further innovation and discovery. 

The goal of this workshop is to provide conference participants new to the Science of Team Science (SciTS) field with an understanding of its origins, foundational knowledge, and cutting-edge directions. This workshop will provide a broad overview of the field to help participants learn about its origins and history while also getting an overview of progress and practical applications of SciTS research.

In doing so, we aim to enhance participants’ capacity to support and conduct team science as well as enrich their ability to engage in subsequent conference sessions and networking opportunities. Participants will also have an opportunity to participate in small group discussions to focus on topics related to enhancing collaborative success, addressing institutional barriers, and advancing research. SciTS leaders will facilitate discussions and will offer opportunities to reflect on new knowledge, learn from the breath of experiences among participants, and get to know others interested in learning about the SciTS field.

By the end of the workshop, you should be able to:

  • Outline key milestones that benchmark growth of the SciTS field
  • Describe contextual, structural, and procedural factors that influence efficacy of science teams 
  • Identify key areas of research to help close the gap between theory and practice
  • Expand the scope and reach of team science to include a variety of stakeholders, including community members


Darshana T. Shah, Ph.D., is a professor of pathology and associate dean for faculty advancement at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Her passion for service has led her to attain diverse institutional roles, notably serving as founding editor-in-chief of the Marshall Journal of Medicine, peer-reviewed open access academic journal. Dr. Shah teaches graduate level courses in team science and offers professional development in the science of team science to researchers and medical educators nationally.

Stephen M. Fiore, Ph.D., is Director, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, and Professor with the University of Central Florida's Cognitive Sciences Program in the Department of Philosophy and Institute for Simulation & Training. He maintains a multidisciplinary research interest that incorporates aspects of the cognitive, social, organizational, and computational sciences in the investigation of learning and performance in individuals and teams.

Julie Thompson Klein, Ph.D., is Professor of Humanities Emerita in the English Department at Wayne State University and an Affiliate of the TdLab (Transdisciplinarity Lab) at the ETH-Zurich university for science and technology in Switzerland. Klein is past president of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) and former editor of the AIS journal Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies.  

Kara L. Hall, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist, the Director of the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Team, and Director of the Theories Initiative in the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). During her career, Dr. Hall has participated in a variety of interdisciplinary clinical and research endeavors. Notably, Dr. Hall helped launch the SciTS field by co-chairing the 2006 conference The Science of Team Science: Assessing the Value of Transdisciplinary Research and co-editing the 2008 American Journal of Preventive Medicine Special Supplement on SciTS, recently identified as the most cited and downloaded AJPM supplement.