Interdisciplinary Collaboration Workshop

Time: Day 1, 15:30-17:30

Room: Auditorium B & C, Level 02 Conference Rooms 4 & 5, 6 & 7, Level 03 City Observatory, Level 08 and Auditorium A, Level 02

Facilitator: Dr Karen Petrie (University of Dundee) and Dr Chris Jefferson (University of St Andrews)

Co-ordinators:  Blessing Mbipom, Rui Li

RDF Domain: D


Collaboration enhances creativity and results in high quality research. SICSA enables researchers to collaborate with a key objective of advancing Scotland’s position as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education. This workshop aims to provide some information and hands-on experience to encourage collaborative innovation among research students.


  • What makes a good collaboration and why? (10 minutes)
  • Grouping (20 minutes)
  • Collaboration Workshop (70 minutes)
  • Elevator pitches (20 minutes)
  • Awards (Day 2)

Dr Chris Jefferson will introduce the session highlighting elements of a good collaboration and the need for interdisciplinary research. After this, every participant will have a chance to decide on a group to work in based on their research background and current interests. This process will be coordinated by the facilitator.

The goal of each group will be to come up with a research question they can work on. Everyone should bring their laptops, tablets, phones and other tools which will be useful for the collaborative research task and for preparing presentations. These electronic devices will also be needed to vote for the best research idea.

At the end of the collaboration task, each group will present their research idea to the rest of the room in about 2 minutes. Participants will then have a chance to vote on the best research idea after the elevator pitches. The best pitches from each room will have the opportunity to present their idea to the conference delegates at the final presentation session on the afternoon of day two.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • Have the experience of working in interdisciplinary groups.
  • Work in groups to come up with a collaborative research idea.
  • Articulate that research idea.