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Submit your proposal to join SCI 2023 in October – this year’s theme is Trust

The Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute invites you to participate in SCI 2023, its eighth year in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region.

This year’s theme is Trust, and the program will take place from October 8 to 12, 2023, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

TriangleSCI is not your typical academic conference – it’s four days of concentrated but relaxed time with a diverse cohort of individuals who have come to start new projects they have proposed, in teams they have built and with advice and contributions from participants on other teams and a set of interlocutors and experts who work across teams.

You set the agenda, and you define the deliverables – TriangleSCI provides the scaffolding for your team to develop its project. If your team’s proposal is selected, SCI will cover all the costs for team members to participate, including travel, meals, and accommodations, including for international participants – so this is a great opportunity for potential participants who might normally find traveling to such a program cost-prohibitive. Your team can use TriangleSCI to launch a new project, have some concentrated time to further develop an existing project with a broader set of collaborators, or just to begin to explore and experiment with ideas that are difficult to pursue in your usual work context.

For more information about how TriangleSCI works, see the FAQ and links from previous years of TriangleSCI.

Probably the best way to get a sense of what it’s like is through the words of participants from past years, for example: “One of the best scholarly experiences I’ve had.”; “an amazing incubator of ideas, innovation and collaboration. Grateful to be a part of this incredible experience!”; “participating in #TriangleSCI was a highlight of my 2019“; “I can’t recommend this opportunity strongly enough. Run, don’t walk!“; “It was a privilege to participate to this fantastic gathering last year… It’s a unique opportunity for international teams to get together & work on a project.“;  “My 2016 @TriangleSCI experience gave me the space and time to collaborate deeply with new colleagues & incubate a project … that has become foundational to all my work. What a gift.“. Learn more about TriangleSCI from the perspective of participants, for example from this podcast (with transcript) and other highlights from SCI 2019, SCI 2022, and previous years.

This year’s theme is Trust, described in part this way in the page about the theme:

Trust – something we often take for granted – is critical to the scholarly communication ecosystem. Trust is radically social, requiring an immense amount of individual and community courage to build. To trust is to open toward an outside, an other. Thinking about scholarly communication as an ecosystem highlights the interdependence of many different parts, and the importance of trust in making it all work.

SCI 2023 provides a platform where teams can develop projects that seek to understand the factors that lead to or detract from trust in scholarly communications, and to build mechanisms for improving trust.

Please see the theme page for more information, including some ideas of questions you might address – we’re looking for a broad and diverse set of perspectives, and teams that will address both specific and general problems and opportunities.

For 2023 TriangleSCI will return to Rizzo Center, a conference and retreat center affiliated with the University of North Carolina, after 2 years of pandemic hiatus and one year at a different venue in Durham. Invited participants will be provided hotel rooms in the complex, and most meals will also be there, with opportunities for excursions to local restaurants in the evenings. You can read more about how the program works and what the days are like in our FAQ.

To participate, form a team of 4 to 6 people, and submit a proposal along the lines of what’s described in the Request for Proposals (RFP). Proposals are due by the end of the day on April 27, 2023.

Two Zoom information sessions will be held in March (both sessions will have the same information/format – they’re being offered at different days/times to accommodate multiple time zones). If you’re thinking about submitting a proposal, or are just curious, these are an opportunity for you to learn more about the program and ask questions. Details about the times of these Zoom sessions and how to register are in the RFP.

If you have questions that aren’t already answered in the FAQ, please contact and we’d be glad to help. You might also find some people you know in TriangleSCI cohorts from past years, and you can ask them about their experience and get tips from them about what made their proposal and project successful.

Thanks as always to the Mellon Foundation for continuing to provide funding for the Triangle SCI and making all of this possible!


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