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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.Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond Committee on Key Challenge Areas ... NAS, NAE, andIOM (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine). ... Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. ... Education for Lifeand Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge andSkills in the 21st Century.

Author:Committee on Key Challenge Areas for Convergence and Health, Board on Life Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2014-06-16


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