At KI, we understand that scientists are not always thrilled about the idea of attending a facilitated workshop. Let’s get a few misconceptions out of the way.


  • You will NOT be asked to do anything embarrassing.
  • We will NOT get in the way of your scientific thinking.
  • A KI workshop is NOT a good place to catch up on work.


Since 2004, we’ve been honing a facilitation style that is conducive to the culture of academic science. Every event is interactive and fast-paced. KI facilitators:


  • Keep the facilitation understated.
  • Give you a different experience without getting in the way of the science.
  • Ensure that you get to meet lots of new people. 
  • Give you the chance to have multiple short and incomplete conversations, giving your brain the opportunity to make novel connections. 
  • Make sure you are exploring all your options and stretching your thinking before focusing on your best choice.

Our job is to take care of the process so you can focus on the work of meeting the scientific challenge at hand in an innovative way.

Check out these blog posts on what our events are like and how to get the most out of them.

Resolving the Tree of Life

Scientists have long used physical traits to shed light on evolutionary relationships. Sometimes this has worked, like using lactation to group mammals. And, sometimes, it hasn’t: people once thought bats were featherless birds! Today, evolutionary biologists rely more heavily on molecular-based phylogenies to resolve relatedness. But, what they haven’t been able to do is address big picture questions about how observable traits (phenotypes) evolve across higher taxa. 

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Biology’s Jupitershots

The Reintegrating Biology workshop series uses KI’s methods of deliberate creativity to identify new research questions that could be addressed by combining approaches and perspectives from different subdisciplines of biology, the key challenges and scientific gaps that must be addressed to answer these questions, and the physical infrastructure and workforce training needed.

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Managing Shifting Marine Species

Our love affair with the ocean runs deep. Humans love to live next to the sea, honeymoon on islands and dream about summer road trips to the beach while tapping away at our keyboards. During lobster and crab season, we enjoy the food, community and culture of the Northeast U.S. Likewise, we celebrate shrimp and red snapper seasons on the Gulf Coast and halibut and salmon seasons in the Pacific Northwest. But, what if those seasons change or don’t come at all?

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