Advancing access to cutting-edge tabletop science

Michael F. Schatz, Pietro Cicuta, Vernita D. Gordon, Teuta Pilizota, Bruce Rodenborn, Mark D. Shattuck, Harry L. Swinney

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Hands-On Research in Complex Systems Schools provide an example of how graduate students and young faculty working in resource-constrained environments can apply key mindsets and methods of tabletop experiments to problems at the frontiers of science. Each day during the Schools’ two-week program, participants work in small groups with experienced tabletop scientists in interactive laboratories on topics drawn from diverse disciplines in science and technology. Using modern low-cost tools, participants run experiments and perform associated data analysis together with mathematical and computational modeling. Participants also engage in other scientific professional activities; in particular, they learn best practices for communicating their results visually, orally, and in writing. In this way, the Hands-On Schools foster the development of scientific leaders in low- and middle-income countries.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalAnnual Review of Fluid Mechanics
Issue number1
Early online date28 Sep 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • tabletop experiments
  • research under resource constraints
  • scientific career professional development
  • science in LMICs
  • graduate education


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