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4th Annual International Science of Team Science Conference

Call for Abstracts 

June 24-27, 2013
Northwestern University
2001 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60208


The Fourth Annual International Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference will be held June 24-27, 2013 in Evanston, IL at Northwestern University on the shores of Lake Michigan. The SciTS Conference is designed to bridge the science and praxis of scientific collaboration. 

The SciTS Conference ( is an international, multi-agency forum dedicated to the science of team science, bringing together thought leaders from a broad range of disciplines, fields, and professions, including: translational research, evaluation, communication, social and behavioral sciences, complex systems, technology, and management. The SciTS Conference serves as a point of convergence for team science practitioners and investigators studying teams, engages funding agency program staff to guide and manage team science initiatives, and affords data providers and analytics developers insight into team tracking and analysis needs.

Call for Abstract Submissions
Abstracts may be submitted as an Oral Presentation (Paper, Panel, or Lightning Round) or Poster Presentation. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 15, 2013. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Paper Presentations
Individual oral papers provide authors the opportunity to present original work related to conference topics.

  • Oral papers will have 15-minute presentation time slots and be clustered into paper sessions by the program committee around a common theme.
  • Paper sessions will have three (3) individual presentations. Presenters will have 45 minutes combined to present followed by 45 minutes of in-depth discussion time to promote thematic dialogue amongst presenters and conference attendees.

Panel Presentations
Panel presentations provide authors the option of organizing three related papers together in a thematic session.

  • Panels will be 90 minutes with 45 minutes for presentations and 45 minutes set aside for discussion.
  • A panel submission must include an abstract summarizing the overall theme of the panel, as well as individual abstracts for each of the papers to be presented within the panel session.

Lightning Round Presentations
Lightning round sessions provide authors an opportunity to share their work through a brief oral presentation.

  • Presentations are limited to 10 minutes and followed by a five-minute Q&A period.  .
  • When submitting an abstract for a Poster or Oral Presentation, select the checkbox that indicates willingness to be considered for a Lightning Round presentation. The Program Committee will select submissions to be included in the Lightning Round.

Research Poster Presentations
The 90-minute Research Poster Session provides an interactive forum for authors to discuss their research.

  • Posters should be no larger than 4 ft wide x 3 ft high.
  • The Research Poster Session is Monday, June 24, 5:00-6:30 PM, and will run concurrent with a reception.
  • Poster set-up will begin at 3:00 PM that same day.
  • Presenters will be assigned a location to put up each poster, and posters will be organized by Topic.
  • Poster boards and push pins will be supplied, and posters should be attached to the boards for display.
  • Presenters are encouraged to bring 1-page double-sided handouts of their poster presentations.

Submission Options

  • Authors must submit abstracts as “Panel Only”, “Paper Only”, “Poster Only”, or “Paper, Lightning Round, or Poster”.
  • Authors are encouraged to submit using the “Paper, Lightning Round, or Poster” option.  Submissions under this option will be considered for Paper, Lightning Round or Poster presentations as deemed appropriate by the Program Committee.
  • Panel presentations must be submitted under “Panel Only” and will not be considered for an alternative format. The number of Panels accepted will be limited and should only be used when an integrated research story requires multiple presentations in a single session.

Abstract Content and Format

  • Paper, Lightning Round, and Poster abstracts are limited to one page while Panel abstracts are limited to 4 pages. All abstracts must be formatted with 0.75 inch margins all around; 11-pt font size or larger for narrative text, 10-pt font size or larger for table and figure legends; using one of the following serif font styles: Times New Roman, Georgia, Helvetica, or Times. Refer to the template below.
  • The following information must be included in the abstract: Presentation/Panel title; Author(s) name, degree, and institutional affiliation; SciTS Topic; Keywords; and Narrative text, which may also include tables and/or figures. Refer to the template at the end of this call for submissions.
  • All abstracts must be submitted online ( Paper abstracts must be submitted as a one-page PDF file and Panel abstracts as a 4-page PDF file. Word files and submissions not meeting page requirements will be rejected. Use the following naming convention for the file name: CorAuthorLastName_First Name_Topic.pdf


  • Presenting authors are responsible for their own registration fee(s), travel, and housing costs.
  • Presenters who are unable to attend should arrange for another qualified individual to present the paper/poster. If changes to the presentation are necessary, please notify the Conference Manager, Latonia Trimuel at [log in to unmask] or 847-467-0207.
  • Acceptance notifications will be made no later than Friday, March 31, 2013.
  • Presenters must submit their electronic presentations to conference organizers by Friday, June 7, 2013
  • Abstracts will be compiled into a booklet for Conference attendees and posted on the Conference web site

SciTS Topics

Topics related to the study of team science include, but are not limited to:

  • Case Studies/Best Practices
  • Communication Processes
  • Cross-Cultural and International Team Science
  • Disciplinary Discourse
  • Distributed/Virtual Teams
  • Environmental influences on teamwork
  • Evaluation of Team Processes & Outcomes
  • Funding Strategies
  • Institutional Policies
  • Leadership for Effective Team Science
  • Learning & Knowledge Network
  • Methodologies for Team Science Research
  • Multi-level/systems approaches
  • Multiteam Systems
  • Networks
  • Open Data
  • Organization/Management
  • Team Assembly
  • Team Dynamics/Composition
  • Team Macro Cognition
  • Team Science Types/Typology
  • Theory Development/Application
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Transdisciplinary, translational innovation
  • Visualizations
Contact Information

Research inquiries
SciTS Conference Co-chairs: 
     Noshir Contractor, PhD, Northwestern University ([log in to unmask]) 
     Brian Uzzi, PhD, Northwestern University ([log in to unmask])

SciTS Conference Program Chair
     Kara L. Hall, PhD, National Cancer Institute ([log in to unmask]) 

Logistics inquiries

SciTS Conference Manager:
     Latonia Trimuel ([log in to unmask])


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