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The collaboration of multiple scientists to address critical problems that cannot be addressed by an individual working alone. Team science differs from team “work” as the way in which scientists interact in this discovery process is quite unique; the research findings from team work in fields like organizational theory applied in the business sector or theories of group cognition applied to the medical field are not fully relevant with regard to understanding how teams of scientists progress. Thus, a new field called the “science of team science” is now emerging. This burgeoning field has and will continue to inform the programs and processes at SESYNC.

Research Themes are general research topics that may include a variety of related research questions, whereas Research Pursuits are individual research projects under a given theme. The “portfolio” of Pursuits that SESYNC funds under a Theme together help address major socio-environmental research questions. SESYNC leadership actively facilitates interactions among participants within different Pursuits under a given theme in order to promote comprehensive research on a topic.

A research method in which scientists from different disciplines work with stakeholders and practitioners to co-define problems, and then develop a common language to discuss them. Participatory transdisciplinary research is when stakeholders are involved throughout the research process to find an acceptable solution. Consultative transdisciplinary research is when stakeholders propel research by co-defining problems and research questions with scholars to ensure such research will be relevant beyond the scientific community.