Recognizing Emerging Areas of Science at the Convergence Interface
Chair: Nicholas Peppas (NAE, IOM), University of Texas at Austin
Session goal
: What can convergence achieve and what are selected examples of science with exciting implications that cannot be achieved without a convergence mindset and approach?

  • Phillip Sharp (NAS, IOM), Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Establishing Background and Introduction to the Examples of Convergent and Transdisciplinary Science
Chair: Hannah Valantine, Stanford University
Session goal:
What is the existing research base on how to foster and measure the success of convergent, transdisciplinary, and/or team-science-based research?

  • Overview of NRC Study of the Science of Team Science: Hannah Valantine, Stanford University
  • Review of the committee’s definition of convergence: Julie Thompson Klein, Wayne State University and David Roessner, SRI International



Fostering Convergence in the Real World
How can the goals of convergence translate into practical results; that is, what have groups and organizations specifically done to support and foster convergence-enabled science? What has worked well and what has not worked as well? Speakers representing several different perspectives will provide brief snapshots of what they did, what challenges they faced, and what they learned.


The ecosystem of convergent research and innovation in the life sciences: Cherry Murray (NAS, NAE), Harvard University


Key Organizational Structures and Needs
Chair: Timothy Galitski, EMD Millipore Corporation and Institute for Systems Biology
Session goal
: Speakers in this session will particularly highlight factors in the successful implementation of

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