The role of curiosity in successful collaboration



Hora: 14:00 hs. (Arg.)

Modalidad: online

Orador: Lani Watson (University of Oxford, UK).

This seminar consists of 8 monthly meetings, via Zoom, from March to November, with an estimated total commitment of 16 hours. For inquiries and registration, please email

The seminar will be conducted in English.

Lani argues that curiosity plays a crucial role as a motivating factor in successful collaboration within interdisciplinary research. It asserts that curiosity is not only important but also essential for effective collaboration within interdisciplinary teams. The author begins by providing a definition of curiosity and emphasizing its significance as a driving force behind successful collaboration. They contend that curiosity serves as an initiator, sustainer, and coordinator of successful collaborative interdisciplinary research. Furthermore, he argue that if curiosity is considered a fundamental intellectual virtue, it becomes even more vital for achieving successful collaboration. Lani then focuses on a specific type of curiosity, namely inquisitiveness, and highlights the value of its defining characteristic: the ability to ask good questions. They posit that inquisitiveness is an especially valuable form of curiosity for collaborative projects, including interdisciplinary research. In conclusion, provides practical recommendations for fostering successful collaboration in the context of interdisciplinary research.