Introduction to Collaboration

For researchers in the natural sciences who wish to participate in collaborative projects

14 experts in collaboration, including researchers, funders, editors and professionals

2.5 hours of learning

15-minute bite-sized lessons

1-module course with certificate

About this course

‘Introduction to Collaboration’ introduces the idea of research collaboration and how becoming a more effective collaborator could help to further both your research and your career. Even if you’ve already participated in collaborative research, this course provides a useful introduction to the topic of research collaboration, as well as valuable context and advice around the pros and cons of collaborative projects and how they can help you reach your goals.

What you’ll learn

  • Why collaborative research is becoming more prevalent
  • The pros and cons of collaborating
  • The specifics of collaborating with industry
  • How collaborative projects can help advance your research and career

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Developed with expert academics and professionals

This course has been created with an international team of experts with a wide range of experience, including:

  • Interdisciplinary and international collaborations
  • Publications resulting from collaborative research
  • The sociology of collaboration
  • Collaborative tools
  • Science communication
  • Funding opportunities for collaborative efforts
  • Institutional support for research collaboration

Tulika Bose

Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Luke Fleet

Senior Editor and Team Leader, Nature, Springer Nature

Mark Hahnel

Founder, Figshare

W. John Kao

Chair Professor of Translational Medical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong


Pep Pàmies

Chief Editor, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Springer Nature

Paola Quattroni

Research Funding Manager (Data), Cancer Research UK


Kathrin Zippel

Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University

Advice from experienced collaborators

The course has additional insights through video interviews from:

Louise Ashton

Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

J. Michael Cherry

Professor of Genetics, Stanford University

Adriane Esquivel Muelbert

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

Brian Nosek

Executive Director, The Center for Open Science

George Pankiewicz

Unified Model Partnerships Manager, Met Office

Doris Schroeder

Director of Centre for Professional Ethics, UCLan School of Sport and Health Sciences

Malcolm Skingle

Director, Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline

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