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Tips on Partnering

Given the breadth of scientific and educational interests encompassed by the Biocomplexity in the Environment program, it is not reasonable to expect that any individual or group can fully meet the wide spectrum of opportunities and expectations that arise. Partnerships are essential. In many cases, really interesting advances occur at the interfaces of traditionally disparate disciplines, and the synergistic benefits are readily evident to all.

Partnerships may involve any number of stakeholders:

All have something to offer and much to gain by entering into collaborative partnerships.

Partnerships may be aligned along many dimensions:

Partnerships may be "live" (i.e. through direct, interpersonal contacts) or "virtual" (i.e. facilitated by digital communication networks).

Dr. Joseph Bordogna, Deputy Director of NSF, has laid out these characteristics for making a collaboration 'sing' (from Collaboration and the Value of Partnerships)

Grand challenges proposed by Bordogna are

Resources on Partnering

The following resources provide some background materials and examples of successful partnerships that may be of use in developing Education and Outreach activities in your Biocomplexity and the Environment Project.

Integrating Research and Education

Examples of Teacher and Student-Scientist Partnership programs


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