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Convergence : facilitating transdisciplinary integration of life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and beyond

Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Key Challenge Areas for Convergence and Health,; National Research Council (U.S.). Board on Life Sciences,; National Research Council (U.S.). Division on Earth and Life Studies,
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Convergence of the life sciences with fields including physical, chemical, mathematical, computational, engineering, and social sciences is a key strategy to tackle complex challenges and achieve new and innovative solutions. However, institutions face a lack of guidance on how to establish effective programs, what challenges they are likely to encounter, and what strategies other organizations have used to address  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Key Challenge Areas for Convergence and Health,; National Research Council (U.S.). Board on Life Sciences,; National Research Council (U.S.). Division on Earth and Life Studies,
ISBN: 9780309301510 0309301513
OCLC Number: 881857096
Description: xiv, 137 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Convergence in action --
Convergence is informed by research areas with broad scope --
Fostering convergence in organizations : challenges and strategies --
Advancing knowledge and solving complex problems through convergence : conclusions and recommendations.
Other Titles: Facilitating transdisciplinary integration of life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and beyond
Responsibility: Committee on Key Challenge Areas for Convergence and Health, Board on Life Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies.

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"Convergence of the life sciences with fields including physical, chemical, mathematical, computational, engineering, and social sciences is a key strategy to tackle complex challenges and achieve new and innovative solutions. However, institutions face a lack of guidance on how to establish effective programs, what challenges they are likely to encounter, and what strategies other organizations have used to address the issues that arise. This advice is needed to harness the excitement generated by the concept of convergence and channel it into the policies, structures, and networks that will enable it to realize its goals. Convergence investigates examples of organizations that have established mechanisms to support convergent research. This report discusses details of current programs, how organizations have chosen to measure success, and what has worked and not worked in varied settings. The report summarizes the lessons learned and provides organizations with strategies to tackle practical needs and implementation challenges in areas such as infrastructure, student education and training, faculty advancement, and inter-institutional partnerships."--Publisher's description.

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