Panel Summary: Collaborative Science in a Virtual World

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May 2020

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Collaborative science involves working closely with partners at every stage - from conceptualizing a new project, to conducting the research, to refining tools to best meet a management need. As a result, it’s challenging to imagine how to adapt our collaborative science practices to our new, socially-distanced reality.

This panel discussion explored some of the implications of planning and conducting collaborative science virtually. Our three panelists have expertise in collaborative processes, stakeholder engagement, and virtual meeting design and, like all of us, are learning more about the challenges and opportunities of virtual engagement.

The discussion built on needs and strategies identified by participants and kicked off what we hope will be an ongoing dialogue about virtual engagement for collaborative science. While no one has all the answers, we are eager to learn together.

About this document

On May 28, 2020, the individuals featured in this brief participated in a panel webinar titled Collaborative Science in a Virtual World: Recognizing Limits and Leveraging Opportunities to discuss some of the implications of virtually planning and conducting collaborative science amid the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. In addition to summarizing the discussion and providing answers to Q&A questions, the document also includes tables listing common challenges for virtual collaboration, useful strategies and tips, and resources suggested by panelists and participants.

This document was prepared by NERRS Science Collaborative staff, with input from James Arnott, Julia Wondolleck, Kristen Goodrich, and Shannan Lewinski.

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