The Toolbox Project was well represented by Stephen Crowley (Boise State) and Brian Robinson (Michigan State) at the recent Science of Team Science (SciTS) 2015 conference at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Crowley’s presentation (“Let’s Talk about It – How Dialogue Supports Integration”) focused on the various ways in which dialogue (particularly as conducted in a Toolbox workshop) can foster epistemic integration among cross-disciplinary researchers. Robinson’s talk (“Diagnosis Differences among Disciplinary Worldviews”) presented some of the preliminary findings of philosophical differences between various branches of sciences, based upon data collected during Toolbox workshops.
The Toolbox Project has just completed two workshops in Kenya, making Africa our fourth continent on which we’ve lead Toolbox workshops and conducted research. Sanford Eigenbrode (Idaho) and Michael O’Rourke (Michigan State) traveled to Nairobi to work with the Swiss NSF-funded “Woody Weeds” project at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI). The conducted two workshops using a Toolbox instrument custom-designed for this context. We look forward to future updates here on our findings and ongoing collaborations.