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Workshop I

The first two-day workshop brings together application holders from science of science studies and biology from the U.S. but also from Japan and Europe.

Science Policy Challenges relate to the study of:

 Biomedical challenges comprise:

March 10 & 11, 2008

Meeting Place
NSF, Room II-555, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA

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Intro PPT
Katy Börner
Indiana University
Mapping Science (PNAS Issue, Exhibit), CI Design (IVC, NWB Tool)
Luis M. A. Bettencourt
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Social Dynamics and Organization, Information systems for streaming data, Innovation and Development

Mark Gerstein
Yale University
Genomics, Proteomics, Structural Genomics, Computational Biophysics
Intro PPT
Stephen Miles Uzzo
New York Hall of Science
Ecology, Scientific Visualization, Cybernetics, Education and Epistemology

Weixia (Bonnie) Huang
Indiana University (NWB Tool System Architect)


The four workshop organizers identified two promising application domains: The application of network science to advance our understanding of complex biomedical systems and the study of science itself by scientific means. Both application domains benefit from recent advances in network science and complex systems research and both have a strong focus on education.

Network Science Applied to Understand:

Complex Biomedical Systems

PR^2 Intro PPT
Richard Bonneau
New York University
Systems Biology and Protein Modeling

Kei-Hoi Cheung
Yale University
Medical Informatics

Neo Martinez
Rocky Mountain Biological Lab
Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab

Martin Storksdieck
Director of Project Development
Institute for Learning Innovation

Science of Science Studies
PR^2 Peter van den Besselaar
Rathenau Institute, Netherlands

Kevin W. Boyack
SciTech Strategies, Inc.
Science Indicators and Maps

Olga Brazhnik
Government Administration

John T. Bruer
President, James S. McDonnell Foundation
Philosophy of Science

PR^2 Intro PPT
Masatsura Igami
National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Japan, Science and Technology Foresight
Science Policy Studies

PR^2 Intro PPT
Stefan Hornbostel
Institut für Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung, DFG, Germany
Science Indicators

Bill Valdez
DOE Office of Science
Science Planning and Analysis
PR^2 Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Institute for the Future
History and Sociology of Science

Interested (but cannot attend)

Workshop Preparation
All participants will be asked to submit a brief bio, a photo, as well as answers to a set of questions relevant to the workshop goals. All supplied material will be distributed to all workshop attendees before the meeting in order to complement the introduction of participants and to structure the workshop more effectively. Participants should plan to bring their laptops for note taking and sharing.


This is a 1 ½ day workshop. Given the diverse backgrounds of the attendees and the goals of the workshop, we will use the first ½ day for brief self introductions of the participants followed by an overview of the goals of the workshop and associated challenges and opportunities as identified by the organizers and extracted from the material submitted by the workshop participants. A shared dinner follows. The following full day features brainstorming and discussion sessions in different team sizes.

Day 1:

12:00pm Welcome by Organizers by Katy Borner (PPT)
12:15pm Introduction by Participants (5 min per person/organization). Led by Stephen Uzzo
2:00pm Break
2:15pm Presentation of NSF CDI program by Mary L. Maher, NSF (PPT)
2:30pm Challenges and Opportunities by Luis Bettencourt (PPT)
3:00pm Breakout Sessions on “$10 Million SciPolicy and BioMed Challenge”. Intro by Stephen Uzzo
4:00pm Breakout Session Reports
4:30pm Interactive Timeline Assembly - see connections and build on them. Led by Alex Pang
6:30pm Adjourn
7:00pm Joint Japanese dinner at Matsutake

Day 2:

9:00am Light Breakfast
9:30am All the Data and Publications from Science on Web: A Vision for Harnessing this to Study the Structure of Science presentation by Mark Gerstein (PPT)
10:00am Breakout Sessions on “Envision and Draw your Dream Tool” Intro by Katy Borner
11:00am Breakout Session Reports
11:30am Science Mapping: Convergence, Consensus, Policy Implications presentation by Kevin Boyack (PPT)
12:00pm Joint Lunch
1:00pm Write Description of 2nd Best Idea for CDI Grant Proposal. Led by Alex Pang
2:00pm Presentation to Group
2:45pm Break
3:00pm Collective Exercise on “Who would like to collaborate with whom on what?” Lead by Katy Borner
4:00pm Discussion of Next Steps, Funding Opportunities, etc.
5:00pm Adjourn


For directions and more information about visiting NSF, see http://www.nsf.gov/about/visit.

NSF is accessible by Metro at the Ballston-George Mason University Metro stop on the Orange Line and there are Colonial Parking Garages beneath the Stafford I and Stafford II buildings with parking fees ranging from $6-$10/day. Additional parking is available at the Ballston Commons Shopping Mall (cheaper than Colonial), at on-street metered spots, and at other surrounding public parking lots. For more
area parking information, see www.parkarlington.com.

Hotel Reservations

There is limited funding available for travel support. Please contact Katy Börner at katy@indiana.edu.

Last Modified March 14th, 2008 | Graphic Design by Elisha Hardy