The working groups within StatGen help organize multiple research projects that share common areas of focus. The idea originated from director, Dr. Andrew Allen’s experience working with different researchers. He noticed that often, individual researchers were working on different aspects of the same problems without taking advantage of the unique opportunities for collaboration between them.
The working groups serve to create links between research groups and facilitate the sharing of expertise and perspective, resulting in a richer research environment and more opportunities for exploring external funding. Usage of the working groups is flexible enough to meet the varying needs of different research groups. Through the utilization of resources like shared trainees, collaborative meetings, and online tools, StatGen provides researchers with the tools they need to do better science.