The Science of Team Science (SciTS) field is building the evidence base for how to conduct, manage, and support effective and efficient team-based research and ultimately enhance the science it produces.

The SciTS conference is the annual international forum dedicated to SciTS, bringing together thought leaders from a broad range of disciplines and fields, including: communications, management, social and behavioral sciences, information technology, systems science, and translational research. It provides investigators, academic administrators, and funders with state-of-the-art knowledge, strategies, and connections. SciTS scholars, scientists engaged in team-based research, institutional leaders who promote collaborative research, policymakers, and federal agency representatives will be in attendance. 

The 2019 conference for the SciTS community will be hosted by Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan.


The SciTS 2019 Program Committee welcomes your abstract submissions for workshops, oral papers, panel presentations, and research posters. Please note the earlier submission deadline! The submission period is from September 15, 2018 to the January 15, 2019. All abstract submissions should use the abstract form below.

KEY DATES                                                                         

• Abstracts due: January 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).

• Presenter notification: February 15, 2019

PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS                                                                              

• Presenting authors are responsible for registration, travel, and hotel costs.

• Any presenter who is unable to attend should arrange for another qualified individual to present the paper/poster in question. If such a change is necessary, please notify our conference team.

SUBMISSION OPTIONS                                                                 

Individual Presentation                                                                               

Oral Presentation

Oral papers provide authors the opportunity to present original work related to conference topics.          

  • Oral papers will have 15-minute time slots and be clustered by theme into sessions. Each session will include three individual presentations and time for questions from the audience.
  • Extended abstract: Submissions should utilize the Abstract Template. Papers submitted in this category may represent original empirical research, theoretical development, reviews, or critiques. The word limit for oral paper abstracts is 500 words.

 Research Posters                                                                                             

Our 90-minute poster session provides an interactive forum for authors to discuss their work.

  • Submissions may represent original empirical research, theoretical development, or reviews.
  • Poster submissions should use the form link below-- note that the word limit for posters is 200 words.
  • All individual submissions will be considered for poster presentation if not accepted for their original submission type.

Panel Presentation

Panel presentations provide authors the option to organize a panel comprising three related presentations.                                                                        

  • Panel presentation sessions will be 90 minutes long, with 45 minutes for the presentation and 45 minutes for discussion.
  • A panel presentation abstract should use the online submission form and must include an one abstract summarizing the overall theme of the panel, as well as individual abstracts for each presentation included in the panel. The combined word limit for these abstracts is 1000 words.
  • Panel presentation abstracts that bring together experts for interactive discussion should describe questions that will be addressed by the panel, list any underlying issues to be discussed, and include bios for each of the panelists.

Abstract for Science of Team Science 2019 is open.
Abstract closes at 11:59 p.m. on January 15, 2019.


Workshops provide presenters  the opportunity to present original work related to conference topics.  The SciTS Program Committee invites submissions from individuals or groups to conduct Special Interest Workshops and Seminars.  Workshops/Sessions will be 3 hours in length.  All topics relevant to the application of Science of Team Science approaches are welcomed, specifically with respect to training sessions that will equip SciTS investigators with tools and technical skills for data collection, analysis, or presentation in their research areas. Workshop/seminar proposals that incorporate a variety of instructional approaches (e.g. lecture, interactive discussion, hands-on exercises) and materials (e.g. slides, handouts, sample data) are strongly encouraged.  We encourage workshops or seminars with a focus on methodologies including systems approaches to the field of SciTS as well as methodologies for conducting evaluation and understanding team dynamics.  Furthermore, we welcome workshops and seminars that provide practical guidance for conducting and managing team science in a variety of contexts and settings, and workshops with a focus on developing team science educational and training resources.                                                        

Proposals should be limited to 1000 words (not including biographical sketches) and include the following information:

  • Proposed title and organizers (names, affiliations, email; identify one primary contact person)
  • Description of workshop: objectives (at least 3), goals, and expected outcomes
  • Statement regarding how the workshop can benefit SciTS attendees/community
  • Description of target audience and estimated number of participants (minimum and maximum)
  • Proposed workshop format, activities, and schedule
  • Any special A/V needs
  • Short biographical sketch for each presenter, describing relevant experience and qualifications (not included in page limit)

Workshop proposals for Science of Team Science 2019 is open.
Workshop proposals closes at 11:59 p.m. on January 15, 2019.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information regarding abstract submission, registration or other technical aspects please contact ANR Event Services at or 517-884-7089. For program or general conference questions please contact Michael O'Rourke at or Stephanie Vasko at