BECON 2003 Symposium to Focus on Team Science
The Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) has scheduled its sixth annual Symposium for June 23-24, 2003, at the
Natcher Conference Center on the main campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Symposium, entitled "Catalyzing Team Science," is aimed at examining
the forces that encourage and discourage team approaches to biomedical research,
and exploring ways in which NIH, academia, and others can stimulate and reward
Amid growing concerns that the paradigm of individual principal
investigators working in isolation is not well suited to many areas of contemporary
biomedical research, the BECON Symposium will look at the fundamental shift
in the conduct of science towards trans-disciplinary teams. The complexity
of modern biomedical research increasingly requires effective collaborative
efforts to realize the potential benefits promised from advances in science
and technology. Encouraging and rewarding participation or productivity in
team environments is critical to advancing discovery and development in the
field of bioengineering. The BECON is well situated to address these concerns
as one of the few organizational units at NIH whose mission and functions
crosscut all the institutes and centers.
The objectives of the BECON Symposium
are to identify obstacles and incentives for conducting team science, recommendations
for overcoming obstacles and enhancing incentives, and next steps for the
NIH in the process of working with scientists and administrators to advance
team science. Striving to achieve these objectives will be this year's Symposium
Chairs, Dr. Janie Fouke, Dean of Engineering of Michigan State University,
and Dr. Keith Brodie, President Emeritus of Duke University. Dr. Daniel Sullivan
of the National Cancer Institute chairs the BECON planning group.
is structured to draw leaders and critical thinkers such as investigators,
university administrators responsible for formulating and overseeing academic
policies, managers of information dissemination, and funding agencies. The
program will include breakout sessions on the following topics: NIH Policies,
Procedures and Funding Mechanisms; Academic Institutions' Assessment and Reward
Procedures; Publication and Dissemination Issues; Models of Team Science;
and Institutional Administration of Research Teams.
A preliminary agenda, along with program and registration information, are
available on the BECON website at: http://www.becon.nih.gov/symposium2003.htm
The Bioengineering Consortium is administered by the National Institute of
Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Additional information on BECON and
the Institute can be found on the BECON website at www.becon.nih.gov.