C4 - Supporting whole-hearted research collaborations

Day Day 2
Code C5
Start time 11:10
Developing research staff
Developing doctoral researchers
Developing supervisors and principal investigators
In a policy role

Kate Tapper, Independent Facilitator and Programme Director for GW4 Crucible 2019, Bud Development

Claudia Gumm, Research Development Manager, University of Bath

Sawsun Khuri, Collaborative Capacities

Workshop overview: 

We want our researchers to cross borders, span boundaries and create new frontiers with research collaborations. We also know that the traditional academic environment doesn’t always foster inclusive, collaborative engagement. 

Incentives for individual success are strong and traditional modes of academic discussion encourage debate and argument. These have great value but can also block genuine multi-partner collaborations. These require different ways of working so that researchers can find shared language, common purpose and synthesis of expertise and perspective. How do we develop our researchers to do this? 

In this interactive session we will think together about the mindsets, skills and spaces that researchers need to be effective collaborators and how we can develop them. Kate Tapper will facilitate thinking space for your own exploration and Sawsan Khuri will take you through activities that apply design thinking to interdisciplinary collaboration.

Themes covered: 

  • Strategic opportunities and challenges for organisations in creating and sustaining environments where researchers can flourish
  • Innovative and practical approaches to the professional and career development of researchers across all career stages and institutional contexts

Workshop aims: 

  • Identify what’s needed for collaboration to be wholehearted
  • Share two different facilitation methodologies that enable groups to collaborate effectively
  • Consider and share what we are each doing or could be doing to develop researchers as wholehearted collaborators 

Value for delegates:

  • Experience the facilitation of Thinking Environment and Design Thinking methodologies and be able to use these in your own work 
  • Develop your own thinking about how to develop researchers who can collaborate effectively and inclusively with other international researchers from different disciplines and institutions 
  • Hear the insights and ideas of others and consider how you could apply these to your own context to nurture more wholehearted research collaborations in your institution(s).