• September 28-30, 2018 at UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center

    2018 CREDITS Team Science Retreat

    Strengthening Capacity for Diverse Scientific Teams in California

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  • September 28-30, 2018 at UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center

    Improve Your Research and Leadership Capacity

    "...gender-heterogeneous problem-solving team generally produced journal articles perceived to be higher quality by peers than a team comprised of highly-performing individuals of the same gender" (Campbell et al. 2014. Gender-Heterogeneous Working Groups Produce Higher Quality Science. PLoS ONE 8(10): e79147. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079147).

  • September 28-30, 2018 at UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center

    Diversify Your Scientific Teams

    "greater homophily {among co-authors on scientific papers] is associated with publication in lower-impact journals and with fewer citations" (Freeman, R. B., & Huang, W. (2014). Collaborating with people like me: Ethnic co-authorship within the US (No. w19905). National Bureau of Economic Research.)


Collaborative, interdisciplinary team science-based research has become increasingly central in scientific discovery. Team science garners more funding, and more impactful research and publications. Having a strong network of collaborators and mentors is critical to a productive and successful academic career.

In a small group environment, the CREDITS Team Science Retreat will promote team science competencies and leadership capacity of faculty, researchers, and post-doctoral scholars across campuses of the University of California and Cal State University systems.  In particular, the Retreat targets women and underrepresented minorities who want to become involved in team science initiatives.  A new cohort of researchers will be selected to participate each year.

The Retreat features presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, and one-on-one consultation on team science dynamics and leadership, research design, and proposal writing.

Costs for transportation, accommodations, and meals will be covered for all successful applicants.  The Retreat also provides quality childcare at no additional cost for all participants, fostering a climate of family-friendly inclusion.  You will be responsible for the cost of travel, accommodations, and meals for your children.

  • The next CREDITS Team Science Retreat will be September 28-30, 2018 at UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead, CA
  • The application windows for the 2018 CREDITS Retreat is closed.


“I learned tangible skills to help me do Team Science – specifically around communicating expectations and management styles with senior team members, as well as strategies for thinking about how to ensure that my team science work results in favorable reviews and promotions for myself. But, perhaps more importantly, I gained a network across UC that I plan to use for mentoring and collaborations.”

” This helps me understand my team needs from my labs to my colleagues.”

“I gained new insights into leadership, support for being a woman in science, and empowerment to come back to my home institution and lead!”

“I’ve been implementing what I’ve learned ever since and the productive results are already clear and will certainly increase in future.”

“Thank you again for everything – including the thoughtful toys and entertainment for the children! (Which seemed over the top at first, but actually kept them happy and occupied while I did the important networking during mealtimes!)”