Computer Science Institute for Women workshop

Event date(s): Wednesday, July 11, 2018 to Thursday, July 12, 2018
Location: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Department of Geosciences, Flarsheim Hall, 5110 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

Register here:

Questions can be directed to Terry Woodford-Thomas (tthomas [at] danforthcenter [dot] org) and Fengpeng Sun (sunf [at] umkc [dot] edu)

Missouri Transect Student Workshop

Event date(s): Thursday, February 22, 2018
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia (at the University of Missouri), 1225 Fellow's Place Boulevard, Columbia, Missouri, 65201

STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS, plan to come in on Thursday evening (February 22) before the Missouri Transect All-Hands Meeting for a workshop session, “Our Role as Scientists in the Media.”  Dinner will be provided at 6:00 and the workshop will start at 7:00.

This meeting and dinner will be held at the Hampton Inn in Columbia, MO (1225 Fellow's Place Boulevard, Columbia, Missouri 65201).  All students traveling into Columbia and in need of a hotel room will be required to share a room.  Contact Emily Haghighi, haghighie [at] missouri [dot] edu if you need help finding a roommate or for any other questions regarding the meeting.

For more information and to register, visit the All-Hands Meeting Event Page.

Register for the workshop and All-Hands Meeting here:

Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science: A Professional Development Program from AIBS

Event date(s): Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Reports abound from professional societies, the Academies, government agencies, and researchers calling attention to the fact that science is increasingly an inter-disciplinary, transdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international endeavor. In short, science has become a "team sport."

There is a real and present need to better prepare scientists for success in this new collaborative environment. The American Institute of Biological Sciences is responding to this call with a new program for scientists, educators, and individuals who work with or participate in scientific teams.

Team science is increasingly common in 21st century biological, life, and environmental sciences. Collaboration is no longer limited to sharing ideas with the biologist in the lab next door. The questions confronting science often require teams that may include a mix of computer and information scientists, physical and social scientists, mathematicians, ethicists, policy and management experts, as well as community stakeholders and citizen scientists. Adding to this complexity, teams span programs within organizations, cross organization boundaries to form institutional consortia, and often include international partners.

This intensive, two-day, interactive, professional development course was designed by scientists and experts on collaboration and teamwork to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to become productive and effective members of scientific teams. From its first offering the course has evolved to include a greater focus on team planning and teamwork, and less time allocated to university administration of interdisciplinary teams. Participants in our most recent course had this to say about the program:

  • "I absolutely want to recommend this workshop to anyone who cares about teamwork in science! Actually, part of it should be incorporated into the orientation workshop for first year grad students! And new faculty members! Yes, mandatory!"
  • Most useful to me in this workshop was the "applied content to science, directly translatable to day-to-day activities."
  • "I will recommend the workshop to my friends. It was helpful, well organized...engaging, and [had a] great speaker."
  • "It was helpful and practical!"
  • "I learned a tremendous amount about both being part of the team and organizing a team."
  • "It's an awesome workshop!"

Nothing teaches collaboration like practicing collaboration. This is not a course that asks you to learn in isolation. It is a microcosm of scientific collaboration, with extensive hands-on learning as part of a scientific team, with scientific case studies and examples.

Who should attend?

  • Research program/lab directors
  • Scientists and faculty engaged in collaborative projects
  • Researchers and faculty working at the interface of different fields or scientific approaches
  • Graduate students and post-docs looking to augment research planning and communication skills
  • Groups interested in planning successful research proposals and interdisciplinary research teams
  • Academic, government, and industry scientists

This course is designed for anyone involved in collaborative scientific endeavors. Team leaders will find the course especially helpful. Because participants will work on "real-world" team science concerns, we encourage multiple members of a team to attend together. We can also customize the course and bring it to your university, department, lab, or research team. This course provides the right foundation from which your team can successfully accomplish your goals.

Participants will develop and hone the skills needed to:

  • Explain interdisciplinary team science and characteristics of effective scientific teams
  • Describe how teams work
  • Recognize competencies and characteristics of effective team leadership
  • Create effective teams and team culture
  • Develop a shared vision, mission, plan, and key performance indicators for a scientific team
  • Identify and assess the right mix of competencies and people needed for a scientific team
  • Use team tools and processes such as quality improvement cycle and knowledge mapping
  • Improve team communication and trust through

A course outline is available online.

About the Instructor

Kathy Joyce has worked to develop teams for more than twenty-five years. For the past twenty years, she has consulted with teams in the public, private, non-profit, and university sectors, focusing largely on science, health, and biomedicine. Early in her career, she directed training for teamwork and leadership development for a pilot project involving 1,600 personnel for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She was trained in team leadership and facilitation by Florida Power & Light, the first U.S. company to win the prestigious Deming Prize, a global quality award.

Participants receive
  • Certificate of completion
  • Resource packet that includes materials for future reference and use


Dates: November 7-8, 2017.

Location: AIBS, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005

Cost: The registration fee covers instruction, materials and resources, and breakfast and lunch during the program. Transportation and lodging are not included, but AIBS can offer recommendations about lodging options.

$495 Full registration for individuals who are not AIBS members or nominated by an AIBS Member Society/Organization. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Join AIBS now to save $55 on your registration.
$440 Discounted registration for AIBS Members and individuals nominated by AIBS Member Societies and Organizations. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration.
Group discount Organizations that register four (4) or more participants are eligible to save $30 per participant. Please contact Robert Gropp at rgropp [at] aibs [dot] org for details.
We'll come to you If you would like us to bring the course to your institution, we are happy to come to you. We are able to offer a substantial discount per person from the DC workshop rate. Please contact Robert Gropp at rgropp [at] aibs [dot] org or 202-628-1500 x250 for more information.


IMPORTANT: A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. Individuals will be billed for the balance prior to the workshop. Do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from AIBS that the course is confirmed.


Expand Your Broader Impact Skills: AIBS Communications Boot Camp for Scientists

Event date(s): Monday, October 9, 2017 to Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Location: Washington, D.C.

Dear Colleague,

Rarely has the need for effective and influential communication about science been more important than it is today.

Politicians and political interests are redefining and reinterpreting science—with great persistence and impact. The public is routinely asked to make decisions about matters informed by science. The news media is endeavoring to share increasingly complex stories about science with the public. The majority of the public still respect scientists and value science, but they often find it challenging to discern who and what is legitimate.

Simply adding to the noise will not provide individuals with the understanding they need to inform their deliberations and decisions. Scientists must become more skilled at communicating in impactful ways.

As called for by many sources, the time for business as usual has passed. There is a real and immediate need for scientists to become effective and engaged communicators.

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is responding to this need by offering scientists a professional development opportunity. The AIBS Communications Training Boot Camp for Scientists expands on our highly successful media and science policy training workshops. The program meets the needs of everyone from graduate students to senior researchers and program administrators.

AIBS is the scientific organization that promotes the use of science to inform decision-making that advances biology for the benefit of science and society.

AIBS has a long and successful track record of engaging, informing, and influencing the public and science policy decision-makers. Our audiences include members of Congress, federal agency heads and program managers, state officials, and university administrators. In addition to working directly with these groups, we routinely engage the public through traditional and digital media.

Our staff members have used their decades of science policy and communications experience to develop training materials and resources that provide scientists with the skills needed to successfully communicate about their research with decision-makers and reporters. To date, AIBS has trained more than 1,300 scientists.

AIBS Communications Boot Camp

The Boot Camp is an intensive, two-day, hands-on training program in Washington, DC.

Participants will learn:

  • How to translate scientific findings for non-technical audiences
  • How to tell a resonant story that informs decision-makers
  • How to prepare for and participate in a news interview
  • How to prepare for and engage in a meeting with a decision-maker
  • How to protect your scientific reputation
  • How to identify and define the audience you need to reach
  • What policymakers want and need to know from a scientist
  • What reporters are looking for in an interview
  • How to leverage social media
  • How the nation’s science policy is developed and implemented

Participants will have the opportunity for formal and informal discussions with science policy and communications experts working in Washington, DC. Read the course outline.

Participants Receive:

  • Certificate of completion
  • Resource packet that includes publications and other materials for future reference and use
  • Invitation to participate in a Communications Boot Camp alumni network

Dates: October 9–10, 2017

Location: AIBS Washington, DC, Offices, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005

Cost: The registration fee covers instruction, materials and resources, breakfast and lunch during the program, and a reception on October 9th. Transportation and lodging are not included, but AIBS can offer recommendations about lodging options.

$440/person  AIBS Individual Members. The course is not tax deductible, but a portion of an individual AIBS membership is tax deductible. A non-refundable $100 deposit is required at the time of registration. Join or renew now.
$440/person Individuals officially nominated to participate by an AIBS Member Society or Organization (MSO) in good standing. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration.
$495/person Individuals who are not AIBS members or nominated by an AIBS MSO. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Join AIBS now to save $55.00.
  Group Discount: For any group or organization that sponsors the participation of four or more individuals, the registration rate will be reduced by $30/participant in the group. Please contact jpalakovichcarr [at] aibs [dot] org for details.











Register now:

We look forward to seeing you in October!


Robert Gropp, Ph.D.
Co-Executive Director

Citizen Science Opportunity - Soil Health Survey Training

Event date(s): Friday, October 6, 2017
Location: Coulter Science Center, Room 139, 501 Westminster Av., Fulton, MO 65251


Download the flyer here


Register for the training on October 6 by emailing MODirt [at] danforthcenter [dot] org (subject: Soil%20Health%20Survey%20Training-Oct.%206)

Citizen Science Opportunity - Soil Health Survey Training

Event date(s): Saturday, August 5, 2017
Location: Lewis & Clark room, Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center (4750 Troost Av., Kansas City, MO 64110)

Missouri Transect Workshop on Community Commons

Event date(s): Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Location: University of Missouri-Columbia campus: Memorial Union, South Wing, Gillette/Ware Room (S206)

The Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) will lead a workshop on the Community Commons Hub, Building Regional Resilience.  This Hub was developed by CARES to visualize and map the Community Team’s research related to county-level resilience and vulnerability.  This workshop is intended for Missouri Transect researchers who want to learn more about Community Commons and to determine how their data can be integrated into the Hub to improve data sharing and co-design of research.  Registration is free and is required for this event.  Register by Wednesday, May 31 in order to attend this workshop.

Meeting Info

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time: 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: University of Missouri-Columbia campus: Memorial Union, South Wing, Gillette/Ware Room (S206) 

Registration page


EPSCoR Imaging Workshop - April 13, 2017

Event date(s): Thursday, April 13, 2017
Location: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63132

Date:                               April 13, 2017, 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location:                       Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
                                            975 North Warson Road
                                            Saint Louis, MO 63132


The EPSCoR imaging workshop will be held April 13, 2017 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Saint Louis, MO. The purpose of the workshop is to link imaging and image processing to phenotyping and to share collective capacity on plant imaging technology and data. There will be presentations and work groups so that researchers can interact with each other’s data.  There will also be opportunities for imaging equipment demonstrations and presentations during breaks and lunch.   There is a $25.00 registration fee to attend this workshop.  

Click here for the workshop agenda.

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Click here for hotel accommodation at the Drury Inn and Suites-Creve Coeur located at 11980 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.  If you require shuttle service between the Drury and the Danforth Center, please request during check-in.

For questions, contact:

Kathleen Mackey, kmackey [at] danforthcenter [dot] org, 314-587-1203

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