Video Collaborating in science

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This is a colour video clip in which Professor Keith Hunter, a marine chemist from the University of Otago in New Zealand, relates how he became aware of the need to collaborate with scientists from other fields and to work on interdisciplinary problems in multidisciplinary teams. Sequences showing Professor Hunter discussing results with another scientist are included.

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  • The stereotypical picture of the generalist scientist working alone in a laboratory is outdated. Most scientists are specialists, and their investigations usually lead them into areas in which their knowledge and skills are specialised. They need to collaborate with experts in a variety of fields to complete their research projects.
  • Increasingly, scientists work in multidisciplinary teams, often composed of members from different locations or countries. Some teams are loosely arranged, with each member working on a separate part of the problem and the results merged into a final conclusion. In others, the members work closely together on interdisciplinary problems, meeting frequently for planning and information sharing.
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  • Name: University of Waikato
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