Collaborative science involves working closely with partners at every stage - from conceptualizing a new project, to conducting the research, to refining tools to best meet a management need. In May 2020, hoping to start a dialogue around virtual engagement for collaborative science, we held a webinar to reflect on the ways in which collaborative science practices have been impacted by COVID-19.
Now, as we look ahead to 2021, we’re pausing a moment to reflect on what we learned over the course of 2020 and how our practices have changed in response to the pandemic. This webinar will feature preliminary findings from a 2020 survey of collaborative research grantees, first-hand commentary on how collaborative practices have evolved, and speculation about what these lessons mean for the future of collaborative work. The discussion will build on panelists’ comments to further tease out the implications of these new practices for future collaborative science work, and how these lessons can be applied to coastal science within and beyond the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative.