Penn State NSF Building Interdisciplinary Teams to Solve Wicked Problems: A Panel Discussion

Date 02/28/18 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location Nittany Lion Inn

The purpose of this session is to inform and share best practices among mid-career and senior faculty on the development interdisciplinary teams to tackle major research questions and address important societal challenges. The National Science Foundation, as well as many other federal agencies and major foundations, is placing increasing emphasis on Convergence approaches to research. Convergence has been characterized by NSF as “the deep integration of knowledge, techniques, and expertise from multiple fields to form new and expanded frameworks for addressing scientific and societal challenges and opportunities.”  Convergent teams typically include representation from “the life and health sciences, physical, mathematical, and computational sciences, engineering disciplines, and beyond.”  These teams also need expertise to implement solutions through productive relationships with industry, government and policy leaders.  In this session, leaders from successfully-funded convergent research teams will offer brief comments on their teaming strategies. Time will be reserved for audience Q&A.

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