I’m heading to Washington, D.C. today for Translational Science 2012, a Society for Clinical and Translational Science conference. I’m presenting on “The Science of Team Science” panel which will be chaired by Melissa Begg, ScD, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Increasingly, advances in clinical and translational science depend upon the collaborative efforts of an interdisciplinary team. The success of any scientific team depends on the contributions of its members. Our session will address ways of preparing and supporting scholars to succeed in interdisciplinary team environments, with a focus on organizational challenges in academic settings.

My presentation is on “The Cultures of Team Science and the Value of Diversity: Views from Outside of the Scientific Community.” I’m personally interested in the tension of having different perspectives on teams. I believe it’s this tension that leads to innovation.

What do you think about team science? I’d like to hear your thoughts on what works and what doesn’t.