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dc.contributor.authorBaron, Jill
dc.contributor.authorSpecht, Alison
dc.contributor.authorGarnier, Eric
dc.contributor.authorBishop, Pamela
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Frank
dc.contributor.authorFady, Bruno
dc.contributor.authorField, Dawn
dc.contributor.authorGross, Louis
dc.contributor.authorGuru, Siddeswara
dc.contributor.authorHalpern, Benjamin
dc.contributor.authorHampton, Stephanie
dc.contributor.authorLeavitt, Peter
dc.contributor.authorMeagher, Thomas Robert
dc.contributor.authorOmetto, Jean
dc.contributor.authorParker, John
dc.contributor.authorPrice, Richard
dc.contributor.authorRawson, Casey
dc.contributor.authorRodrigo, Allen
dc.contributor.authorSheble, Laura
dc.contributor.authorWinter, Marten
dc.identifier.citationBaron , J , Specht , A , Garnier , E , Bishop , P , Campbell , A , Davis , F , Fady , B , Field , D , Gross , L , Guru , S , Halpern , B , Hampton , S , Leavitt , P , Meagher , T R , Ometto , J , Parker , J , Price , R , Rawson , C , Rodrigo , A , Sheble , L & Winter , M 2017 , ' Synthesis centers as critical research infrastructure ' , Bioscience , vol. 67 , no. 8 , pp. 750-759 .
dc.description.abstractSynthesis centers offer a unique amalgam of culture, infrastructure, leadership, and support that facilitates creative discovery on issues crucial to science and society. The combination of logistical support, postdoctoral or senior fellowships, complex data management, informatics and computing capability or expertise, and most of all, opportunity for group discussion and reflection lowers the “activation energy” necessary to promote creativity and the cross-fertilization of ideas. Synthesis centers are explicitly created and operated as community-oriented infrastructure, with scholarly directions driven by the ever-changing interests and needs of an open and inclusive scientific community. The last decade has seen a rise in the number of synthesis centers globally but also the end of core federal funding for several, challenging the sustainability of the infrastructure for this key research strategy. Here, we present the history and rationale for supporting synthesis centers, integrate insights arising from two decades of experience, and explore the challenges and opportunities for long-term sustainability.
dc.subjectInterdisciplinary researchen
dc.subjectH Social Sciencesen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleSynthesis centers as critical research infrastructureen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Evolution, Genes and Genomicsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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