Hi, I'm Saskia de Vries, and I’m excited to be here today to discuss navigating team science with you.
I’m an Asst Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, where our guiding principles are Big Science, Team Science, and Open Science. Team science and collaboration is the foundation of what we do. But it can look very different from academic collaborations, because we are engaged in large scale projects. We have multidisciplinary teams, with scientist, engineers, mathematicians, technicians, etc, all working closely together. The project I’ve led here, our recent platform paper had over 70 authors! So keep in mind that it is a slightly different scenario than most academic departments or labs.
My experience is that there's a lot of organization and communication that is critical to successful collaborations, with strong program management being key. There’s a lot of “glue work” that has to go on to make it possible for all the specialist and experts to do their work and have it all fit together, and that glue work is really important.