This collaborative workshop aimed to help build a strong collaboration network of women working on problems in mathematical biology by facilitating the formation of new collaborative research groups and encouraging them to continue to work together after the workshop. The format of this workshop was designed to maximize the opportunities to collaborate.
- Four teams, each led by two senior women researchers, worked collaboratively on a problem. (See project descriptions below.)
- Team members were chosen from applicants and consisted of junior researchers from both mathematics and biology.
- Team members could express their project preference in their application
- Each team worked intensely and presented their findings at the end of the workshop.
- Each team is expected to continue their research and obtain results for a joint publication.
The workshop structure, with leaders, projects and working groups planned in advance, was intended to be bi-directional: senior women met, mentored, and collaborated with the brightest young women in their field on a part of their research agenda of their choosing, and junior women (tenure track faculty, post-docs and advanced graduate students) developed their network of colleagues and supporters and encountered important new research areas to work in, thereby improving their chances for successful research careers.