First, effective collaborations will take time to establish as scientists are mainly trained to work independently and recognised for their individual accomplishments. Collaboration is not yet rewarded in science. Relying on others implies some level of risk, but we are committed to creating a culture where team members embrace collaborative spirit by acknowledging credits and rewarding contributions. Similarly, science is competitive by nature, and this can generate disagreements and conflicts. Our strategy to address sensitive issues relies on active listening, understanding the context and engaging with the conflict.