Event Type

Science of Team Science and the Human Condition

Event Dates

The 12th Annual International Science of Team Science Conference hosted by Virginia Tech 7-11 June, 2021, aims to advance our understanding of collaborative initiatives that address multidimensional complex societal problems. We invite team science academics, leaders and members of cross-disciplinary teams, institutional leaders and administrators, and funding agencies to collaboratively rethink how science of team science research and practice may serve as a foundation for positive change and justice.

The theme of the SciTS 2021 is Science of Team Science and the Human Condition. As a point of convergence between science and practice, the conference will provide a platform to investigate contributions that team science research can make to addressing urgent contemporary challenges. This year’s conference will highlight the interface of the science of team science with challenges such as:

  • Responding to megadisasters (e.g., the COVID pandemic; hurricanes and fires),
  • Curtailing systemic racism and the need to create and implement anti-racist policies and practices, including technologies, and
  • Grappling with challenges in large growing metropolitan regions, such as equitable economic growth, affordable housing, education, and healthcare, food scarcity, infrastructure systems (including IT systems), and the impacts of climate change.

As the host university with a growing footprint in the Greater Washington, DC region, we are eager to advance understanding of contextual conditions and collaborative processes that promote development and coordination of laws, policies, strategies, and practices that address urgent societal challenges. The conference will feature scholars, practitioners, funders, and other leaders from across the country and the globe, thereby serving as a context for engaging team science principles and elaborating the contributions of team science scholarship and practice toward improving the human condition.

We invite submissions that focus on any pertinent topic relevant to the science of team science. Please go to the Call for Abstracts page to view the complete list and for more information.

Abstract submission deadline is February 28, 2021.