Scientific Collaboration Workshop

Facilitator: Prof Ian Gent (University of St Andrews)
Coordinators: Oche Ejembi, Ebuka Ibeke
Location: Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre
Time: 10:00-12:00, day 2
RDF Domain: D1 Working with others

Collaboration is SICSA’s core ideology, towards its goal of extending Scotland’s position as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education. SICSA achieves this by fostering cooperation, rather than competition among its 14 member universities. This collaboration starts with you – the hard-working and energetic research student.


There will be a brief introductory lecture by Professor Ian Gent to talk about Scientific Collaboration and to introduce the workshop. This will be followed by 4 parallel, interactive workshop sessions. You have been allocated to a group with 3 to 5 other research students. We have tried to group you with attendees who have similar research areas and topics to you, based on the information provided to us at Registration. The grouping information has been announced by email. Please contact us if you have any questions, suggestions or requests for changes.

We would like to encourage all participants to start thinking about possible ideas and topics for collaboration from your own PhD research topics and areas. You may wish to come along to this session with your laptops, tablets and any other tools which may aid your collaborative research, preparation and presentation.

At the session, you and your group members will have some time to further develop your collaboration ideas together. Then, you shall choose 1 member who will explain your idea and present an abstract of your work to the rest of the room in 5 minutes or less.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the exercise, participants should have achieved the following outcomes to some extent:

  1. Learned the merits and challenges of scientific collaboration in general.
  2. Learned practical skills to facilitate collaboration – teamwork, communication, expertise sharing etc.
  3. Generated ideas within the exercise which can lead to future collaborative work with other PhD students.
  4. Gained the ability to explore a range of research interests within a group and relate the interests to a specific proposal.
  5. Gained experience with presenting collective ideas and collaborative research outputs.
  6. Identified possible avenues for collaboration during and beyond PhD Research e.g. at conferences, within schools and research groups etc.