Transdisciplinary research teams are essential to scientific advancement, and successful transdisciplinary teams rely on effective communication. Overcoming barriers to foster productive team dynamics requires communication strategies and tools. We combine our practical experience to offer a succinct protocol, including only the essentials, to help teams quickly establish an agile communication platform during project start-up (https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/N5GFP).
How to launch transdisciplinary research communication
By Kimberly Robasky, Rebecca Rosenblatt Boyles, Kira C. Bradford, Margaret Gold, W. Christopher Lenhardt, Shannon McKeen, Sandy Skipper, Stan Ahalt.
April 2020 Open Access Peer Reviewed
- Funding large teams of transdisciplinary researchers is essential to the advancement of science, and quickly launching communication channels for these funded scientists is essential to a healthy, rapid start for these activities.
- Transdisciplinary science communication is fraught with challenge, both during communication set-up and beyond, but these challenges can also be opportunities to institute common-sense practices to promote healthy collaboration behaviors.
- There are multiple, exhaustive handbooks, detailed templates, and business administration articles offering guidance on the subject of team communications. We have synthesized and summarized that body of knowledge and practice into a brief checklist of tactics for setting up transdisciplinary science. This checklist will benefit research coordinators and stakeholders alike.
Robasky, K., Boyles, R. R., Bradford, K. C., Gold, M., Lenhardt, W. C., McKeen, S., Skipper, S., & Ahalt, S. (2020). How to launch transdisciplinary research communication. RTI Press. RTI Press Publication No. RB-0022-2004 https://doi.org/10.3768/rtipress.2020.rb.0022.2004
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