New: NSF Workshop Report on Interdisciplinary Collaboration

In November an NSF-sponsored workshop on Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Innovative Science & Engineering Fields was held at Boston University. The workshop report from that meeting is now available.

Organized by Laurel Smith-Doerr and Susannah Paletz, the two day meeting brought together a wide range of researchers to discuss

  • the potential for a shared vocabulary across the different fields that study interdisciplinarity and related issues,
  • elaborate on specific similarities and differences in theory, data, and methods,
  • classify gaps and important future directions in the study of interdisciplinarity, and
  • identify specific infrastructure changes that would enable the study of multi- and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • The report does a fine job of summarizing the state of the art of interdisciplinarity today. It’s worth a read.

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