Holly Falk-Krzesinski
Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Ph.D., will be visiting the University of Iowa May 18-22 to speak about Team Science, a collaborative effort to address scientific challenges by leveraging the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields. She will cover the science of Team Science, how teams can work effectively, and the resources available for funding and supporting collaborative research.

Falk-Krzesinski is the Vice President for Global Academic & Research Relations at Elsevier. Prior to her position there, she was the Director of Research Team Support & Development at Northwestern University where she led initiatives related to research development, grantsmanship, and team science. Her interests focus on translating empirical research findings about team science into evidence-based effective practices.

Through her leadership with the Annual International Science of Team Science Conference, Falk-Krzesinski has been instrumental in developing a strong community of practice for team science and interdisciplinary research.

Her Team Science sessions are listed below:

Workshop: Evidence-based Guidance for the Successful Praxis of Team Science

When: Tuesday, May 19, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Kelch Conference Room, 1289 CBRB
Target audience: Faculty


Team science initiatives are characterized by cross-disciplinary collaboration focused on complex problem-, project-, or product-oriented research. Over the last decade, academia has generated an upsurge in team science initiatives, while external funding agencies in the United States and around the globe have made more collaborative and team-based science funding opportunities available. Studies on research centers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have demonstrated that team science initiatives entail significant coordination costs. As a result, team science takes more time, at least proximally, than individual research; however, studies have also demonstrated a distal payoff in terms of research acceleration. Consequently, it is imperative that team science leaders and practitioners understand the most effective practices for productive team science.

Through a combination of lively lecture and interactive small group activities, this workshop will arm participants with a collection of evidence-based tools and resources for implementing effective practices in team science in the areas of team assembly and composition; trust and communication; expert discovery and collaboration; interdisciplinary grantsmanship; and networking. The workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of team science, from empirical research to practice;
  • Offer evidence-based insights and techniques on team science leadership;
  • Demonstrate tools and resources that promote collaboration, communication, trust, and conflict management in science teams;
  • Engage participants in a real-world case study discussion;
  • Describe specific strategies and tactics for grantsmanship to support team science; and,
  • Demonstrate then use of the online TeamScience.net tool and Team Science Toolkit in practical, interactive experiences. 

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Seminar: Team Science Tools You Can Use

Where: 2660 UCC
When: Wednesday, May 20, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Target audience: Associate Deans for Research

Drawing from a rich evidence base, this seminar will present participants with a collection of tools and resources for implementing effective practices in team science. The seminar will cover:

  • An overview of the literature in the science of team science;
  • Leadership for team science;
  • Team science communication;
  • Team science evaluation; and,
  • ​Reward and recognition for collaborative science.

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Career Talk: Successful Careers in STEM

Where: C130 PC
When: Thursday, May 21, 10:30am - Noon
Target audience: Graduate Students and Postdocs


The challenges and complexity of the 21st century society necessitate a scientifically-informed US policy, economy, and global competitiveness.  To accomplish this we need:

  • Top scientists conducting research and disseminating findings broadly and teaching science;
  • Science embedded in leadership in all sectors, government, education, nonprofit, and business; and,
  • A scientific-literate public.

A broad range of career options are available to trained PhD scientists to support such a strong science society. The speaker will discuss her personal career journey as a scientist in the pharmaceutical, academic, nonprofit and information sectors and will share insight about how STEM graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can plan for a successful career, including considerations for effective collaboration and networking.

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Seminar: Grantsmanship for Team Science

Where: C217 COPH
When: Thursday, May 21, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Target audience: Research Administrators


This seminar offers research administrators and research/proposal development professionals insight about team science and facilitating competitive team science grant proposals.  The seminar will cover:

  • Proposal components;
  • Funding opportunities for team-based research;
  • Team development activities for inclusion in leadership/management plans;
  • How to foster effective communication and trust in teams; and,
  • A primer on evaluating team science. 

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