Collaborate@UWM: Workshops and Webinars

Spring 2019 Virtual Workshops

Managing Collaboration in Team Science Projects

Part 1: The Challenges of Collaboration, Alan Paul, Giant Angstrom (February 6, 2019)

This session, The Challenge of Collaboration, discusses theories of knowledge and defines the divisibility of project tasks, which are then combined into an analytic rubric that is applied to four levels of collaboration (disciplinary, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary).

Part 2: Systems and Structures to Facilitate Collaboration (February 21, 2019)

This session, Systems and Structures to Facilitate Collaboration, examines systems and structures to create, enhance, and repair knowledge collaborations. Topics include two models of knowledge exchange, a typology of knowledge brokers, and four collaboration management tasks (Command, Coordinate, Translate, Acculturate). Register here.

These virtual workshops are facilitated by Alan Paul, president and managing partner of Giant Angstrom Partners. For more than 15 years he designed, funded, and managed large institutional projects at the University of California. He also served as deputy director for special projects in UCLA’s Brain Research institute and director of strategic initiatives in UC Riverside’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Fall 2018 Virtual Workshops

Tools for Effective Collaboration: The Collaboration Tool Box

Part 1: Tools to Meet the Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research (November 8, 2018)

This webinar provides an introduction to the challenges that confront interdisciplinary researchers. O’Rourke will describe integration as a key interdisciplinary objective (see O’Rourke et al. 2016, DOI: Integration is associated with a range of obstacles for researchers. He will focus specifically on communication obstacles that arise in the context of interdisciplinary research, discussing a range of tools that can be used to enhance the prospects of success in complex, cross-disciplinary research environments.

Part 2: A Deep Dive into the Collaborative Toolbox for Interdisciplinary Researchers (October 25, 2018)

This webinar will focus on presenting the Toolbox dialogue approach as a way of addressing communication challenges in interdisciplinary research. O’Rourke will describe this approach, discuss its history and implementation, illustrate it with examples, and address the evidence that exists for its impact, focusing on a range of tools that can be used to enhance the prospects of success in complex, cross-disciplinary research environments, including general approaches such as concept mapping and argument mapping and more specific tools such as Mental Modeler, CoNavigator, and the Toolbox dialogue method. He will conclude with suggestions about how you can us these resources in your own, with pointers to the relevant resources.

This workshop series is facilitated by Michael O’Rourke, professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch and Environmental Science & Policy at Michigan State University. He is interim director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity ( and director of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research ( His research interests include epistemology, communication and epistemic integration in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and linguistic communication between intelligent agents.

Understanding the Science of Team Science to Improve Research Collaboration (November 5, 2018)

Dr. Steve Fiore, University of South Florida
In this talk he will first discuss interdisciplinary research in the context of team science, focusing on the developing field of the science of team science. Second, he will provide detail on specific challenges faced by researchers working in teams (e.g., conflict) and how these can be better understood and addressed.

Team Science: An Evidence-based Primer

(PDF; January, 2017)
Presented by Dr. Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Vice President, Research Intelligence on the Global Strategic Networks team at Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health.