New Tool Coaches Scientists in the Art of Collaboration

When scientists from different disciplines collaborate – as is increasingly necessary to confront the complexity of challenging research problems – interpersonal tussles often arise. One scientist may accuse another of stealing her ideas. Or, a researcher may feel he is not getting credit for his work or doesn’t have access to important data. Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has developed a free, online training tool to help scientists collaborate on research while avoiding some of the complexity and interpersonal issues that often arise. A new study showed that scientists who completed the tool's modules significantly boosted their knowledge about team science and increased their self-confidence about being able to successfully work in scientific teams. Most people who completed one or more modules (84%) said that the experience of taking the modules was very likely to positively impact their future research