The Virtual Institute Model is based on the belief that a virtual, distributed organization can effectively integrate interdisciplinary research efforts using the expertise of different scientific research institutions and universities from across the country and around the world. SSERVI teams engage in scientific collaboration, attend seminars, workshops and meetings—and do it all virtually.

While today’s collaborative technologies are fairly simple to use, the following minimum technical requirements will enable full participation between teams:

  • An H.323 standards-based video teleconferencing system with an HD camera, connected to a high speed network capable of at least 2 Mbps
  • A computer with Flash installed that is connected to a high speed network to run Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro
  • A dedicated operator to administer the systems and set up the conference rooms 30 minutes prior to the start of any meeting

SSERVI Central provides IT training and support to ensure that team members who are using the technology for the first time are comfortable and ready to participate. If problems are encountered, SSERVI’s IT staff will work to resolve any issues that may arise when using collaborative technologies or software.

Recommended reading:

  • Our sister organization, the NASA Astrobiology Institute maintains a collection of best practices that is worth reviewing if you are setting up virtual meetings or workshops at your institution.

SSERVI Science Teams

  • NLSI’s SwRI team investigates wandering gas giants and the late heavy bombardment of the Moon


    A dramatic event early in the history of the Solar System– called the late heavy bombardment, also nicknamed the lunar cataclysm– may have caused planets to migrate in our solar systemThere may have been a dramatic event early in the history of the Solar System–the intense bombardment of the inner planets and the Moon by planetesimals during a narrow interval between 3.92 and 3.85 billion years ago, called the late heavy bombardment, but also nicknamed the lunar cataclysm.

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The distance to the Moon is measured to a precision of a few centimeters by bouncing laser beams off reflectors placed there by the Apollo astronauts.

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