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Survey Jul 19, 2019

Learn from past project failures - and do better!

Dena Fam and Michael O'Rourke from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are editing a book on failure in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects. They have created a survey that is designed to gain insight into experiences of failure in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects and how reasons for failure in these projects may differ from collaborative projects that do not cross disciplinary boundaries. A link to the short survey, "Learning through failure in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects" is available here. Survey

i2I News Jul 17, 2019

How to get started on research-policy engagement

Aparna Lal highlights how to learn to speak the policymakers' language, how to highlight resources policymakers may not be aware of and how to use the interaction to identify useful research questions. Furthermore, she hightlights how to be alert to ways of growing impact and how to embrace opportunities to expand partnerships.

Read more: i2Insights blog

i2I News Jul 15, 2019

New contribution to the i2I blog

Successful co-innovation in research is described using 5 principles by Helen Percy, James Taylor and Wendy Boyce. This requires: 1) involving partners & stakeholders to understand the problem & develop solutions together, 2) taking a problem focus rather than one research or stakeholder perspective & revisiting this throughout, 3) assembling & nurturing the right team, including system thinkers, facilitators, translators & brokers, 4) sharing results as they emerge to ensure they are meaningful to partners & stakeholders and 5) using the plan- do- observe- reflect- action learning cycle to maintain focus & adapt to changing circumstances & new opportunities. What has your experience been?

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Call Jul 12, 2019

A global sustainable society

The 2020 ATLAS International Transdisciplinarity Conference focuses on the theme of "Responsible Leadership: A Transdisciplinary Agenda for Global Sustainability". The conference invites the submission of papers that fall under the rubric of responsible and transparent leadership in the context of global sustainability and resilience thinking until 19 August 2019 via the conference website.

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Call Jul 9, 2019

Research and training for the transformation of mountain regions

The Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur la Montagne, the Mountain Research Initiative and the Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks are co-organizing a symposium on the future of research and training for the transformation of mountain regions. Contributions from the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities working on this topic, both in Switzerland and around the world are welcome until 30 August 2019.

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Call Jul 8, 2019

Parkforschung Schweiz sucht Projektideen

Die Parkforschung Schweiz der Akademien der Wissenschaften unterstützt und stärkt im Auftrag des Bundesamtes für Umwelt (BAFU) die Forschung in und über die Pärke von nationaler Bedeutung. Dazu fördert sie die Ausarbeitung von Projektanträgen an Dritte mit einem finanziellen Beitrag (seed money).

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New Platform Jul 8, 2019

Towards a better future

Launching in September 2019 and aspiring to create a single platform uniting the natural, social, and applied sciences, One Earth is the home for high-quality single- and multi-disciplinary, as well as interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, research that breaks down barriers and encourages collaboration in environmental change and sustainability science.

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Call Jul 5, 2019

Expertise in Integration and Implementation for Transformative Research

Palgrave Communications is hosting an open-access research article collection on Expertise in Integration and Implementation for Transformative Research and is calling for papers. Contributions are welcome until December 2020.

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i2I News Jul 5, 2019

New contributions to the i2I blog

Interested in lessons for funding transformative research, how to influence policy with research, what makes government policy successful or understanding the groan zone in collaborations? How about what economics can teach about managing uncertainty in decision making, linking collective impact to the characteristics of open living systems or agent-based modelling for knowledge synthesis and decision support?

See the latest contributions to the i2Insights blog.

Community Jul 5, 2019

TD is going viral at the University of Technology in Sydney

 At Australia’s University of Technology Sydney, transdisciplinarity is going exponential. The Institute for Sustainable Futures started the TD buzz more than 20 years ago, and in 2018 the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation had its first Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation graduates. This year, TD is going viral, with a new, university-wide initiative to bring together TD enthusiasts from across the campus. It’s called ‘Ask the Fish’, in honour of our indigenous knowledge holders as the original transdisciplinarians.
At our first event, with more than 70 participants, we set our sights high, aiming to create ‘places of concentrated danger’ that stretch our institution and ourselves into new ways of being and doing as the graphic shows.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact Cynthia.notexisting@nodomain.comMitchell@uts.notexisting@nodomain.comedu.notexisting@nodomain.comau.

Call Jul 3, 2019

Last Horizon 2020 calls published

The European Commission has published the last Work Programmes and calls of Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It provides numerous opportunities for collaborative and transdisciplinary research. Switzerland is a fully associated country to Horizon 2020.

For more information do not hesitate to contact Euresearch.

May 8, 2019

Learning through failure – Participate in the survey!

Deadline: 10 July 2019

The survey Learning through Failure in Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary projects – developed by our colleagues Dena Fam and Michael O’Rourke – aims to gain insight into participants' experiences of failure in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects and how the reasons for project failure may differ from collaborative projects that do not cross disciplinary boundaries. It was piloted and refined over the last few weeks to ensure it is relevant to your work as well as easy to respond to, and should not take you more than 6-10 minutes of your time. On the basis of you participating in this survey, this will be considered as informed consent, and that you agree with the purpose of the survey and how the data will be collected and used (see detailed information on the survey). This project and ethics application was approved by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Please contact Dena Fam for further information.

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May 7, 2019

About the new project SHAPE-ID

SHAPE-ID is an EU-funded project addressing the challenge of improving inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation between the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) and STEM and other disciplines. The project will examine best and poor practices in AHSS integration through a survey, extensive literature review and six learning case workshops with stakeholders, ultimately delivering a toolkit and recommendations to help policy makers, funders, universities and researchers achieve and better support impactful inter- and transdisciplinary research with meaningful AHSS integration.
Coordinator: Trinity College Dublin
Partners: ISINNOVA, ETH Zurich, the University of Edinburgh, IBL PAN and Jack Spaapen.

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May 3, 2019

i2S News

The March/April i2S News is now available. It features the dialogue tool ‘Nominal Group Technique’ and an update to the tool ‘Assessing evidence: Strengths and weaknesses of grading tools’. The News also provides information about the Journal of Simulation, the professional association ‘Global Implementation Society’ and the network ‘International Network for the Science of Team Science.’ Information is also provided on the upcoming 63rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. These have all recently been added as resources to the Integration and Implementation Sciences website.

I2S News

May 3, 2019

Latest contributions to the i2Insights blog

Interested in how to improve transdisciplinary arts-science partnerships? Or in understanding incommensurability in interdisciplinary research? How about tips to build a research impact culture? Find out more about adaptive social learning for systemic leadership or why you need to be more savy about values and statistical significance.

See the latest contributions to the i2Insights blog

Apr 3, 2019

GAIA Masters Student Paper Award

Submission deadline: 4 November 2019

The international journal GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society invites Masters students to participate in the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award. Masters students are encouraged to submit their results from research-based courses or Masters theses in the field of transdisciplinary environmental and sustainability science. The award is meant to honor research which holds relevance for important societal transformations and/or which has discovered new paths of inter- and transdisciplinary environmental or sustainability research.

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Mar 5, 2019

Manifesto of Interdisciplinarity

The purpose of this manifesto is to show that one consistent set of guiding principles provides compelling responses to diverse critiques of interdisciplinarity. The author, Rick Szostak, believes that advocates of interdisciplinarity need to achieve consensus about what interdisciplinarity is and how and why it is best pursued. These guiding principles simultaneously provide useful advice to the interdisciplinary researcher, teacher, program administrator, and student.

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Feb 28, 2019

Digital Data as Subject of Transdisciplinary Processes (DiDaT)

Initiated in October 2018, The DiDaT (Digital Data as Subject of Transdisciplinary Processes) project aims at identifying the most important challenges arising from the «interactions of ownership, economic value, use and access to digital data». Furthermore, it wants to make visible and to evaluate the multitude of societal effects and to develop strategies to enable individuals, businesses and other social systems to deal appropriately with these undesirable effects.

Read the first DiDaT-Newsletter

Feb 27, 2019

I2S News

The January/February i2S News is now available. It features ten key tips for policy impact, and how to understand and overcome confirmation bias for better decision making. It also provides information about the journal ‘Environmental Science and Policy’, as well as the Cybernetics Society. Information is also provided on five upcoming conferences, including ITD 2019 and the 2019 Transformations conference. These have all recently been added as resources to the Integration and Implementation Sciences website.

I2S News

Jan 29, 2019

SciTS 2019 Conference

The annual Science of Team Science conference, hosted this year by Michigan State University, will be held May 20-23, 2019 in Lansing, Michigan. In line with the mission of td-net, the Science of Team Science (SciTS) field is building the evidence base for how to conduct, manage, and support effective and efficient transdisciplinary research and ultimately enhance the science it produces. This year’s conference will include a number of presentations addressing topics of interest to the td-net community including complex collaborative science, research strategy and policy issues associated with scientific teamwork. This year’s conference includes a keynote by Dr. Joyce E. Balls-Berry, a psychiatric epidemiologist and health educator at the Mayo Clinic. Her expertise includes evaluating the application of community-engaged research principles in diverse populations and how community-engaged research can be applied to increase health equity. A number of invited panels will be included in the program. For example, a panel on “Indigenous Approaches to Team Science” will discuss the different roles that collaboration plays in Indigenous responses to complex, socio-environmental problems in Canada and the US. Another panel, “Team Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources,” will examine how research in agriculture and natural resources both depends on and informs team science.

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Jan 29, 2019

AIS Call for proposal: Co-developing Special Sessions

From 24-26 October 2019, the Annual AIS Conference will be hosted by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands. To be able to have different viewpoints from across the globe the conference organisers are reaching out to you to co-develop special sessions on themes like 'Unheard Voices: Integrating the arts in research on global topics' or 'Teaching Interdisciplinary Research'. To realise this they need your input with best practices, research examples, suggestions for panel members or innovative education methods. Click on the below videos of Prof. Valentina Mazzucato and Prof. Iris van der Tuin, to see what they are looking for and submit your suggestion or project by emailing to ais2019@uva.notexisting@nodomain.comnl.

Videocall "Teaching Interdisciplinary Research"
Videocall "Unheard Voices"

Jan 10, 2019

Out of laboratories: Research Partnerships in a Changing World

KFPE produced a short film on transboundary research partnerships - 12’40” - it also shows the importance of transdisciplinary approaches. How have transboundary research partnerships evolved over the last decades and what are important milestones looking ahead into the future?

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Jan 8, 2019

Transdisciplinary research: documentation for the ISOE Summer School

With the international Summer School “Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations”, doctoral students of the ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research (Germany) have developed a format that offers young academics from very different disciplines the opportunity to deal with the concepts, methods and the design options of transdisciplinary research. The documentation and recordings of the Summer School from 29 July to 3 August 2018 are available online.

See the documentation and videos

Dec 5, 2018

Call for proposal – AIS 2019

Submission deadline: 1 April 2019

From 24-26 October 2019, the annual AIS conference will be hosted for the first time in Europe, by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands. The theme of the conference will be ‘Interdisciplinarity in Global Contexts’. Since a defining feature of interdisciplinarity is not to abstract or isolate problems but rather to approach them in their real-world contexts, this conference theme asks participants to consider the global and local contexts of interdisciplinary education and research. The program committee is looking for proposals that can start a debate, encourage audience involvement and a lively dialogue with all participants.

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Videocall "Teaching Interdisciplinary Research Methods" (by Prof. Iris van der Tuin)

Dec 4, 2018

One Earth: a new journal to discover

A new journal from Cell Press, One Earth publishes research across the spectrum of natural, social, and applied sciences, with a particular interest in integrated, transdisciplinary studies. The published papers will provide insight into the drivers and scales of environmental change, identify risks and implications for society, and develop transformative sustainable solutions.

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Nov 6, 2018

SNIS launches its 2019 Call for Projects

Submission deadline for pre-proposals: 16 January 2019

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams. Projects run for two years and funding can range from 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss Francs. Eligible institutions of Swiss higher education and research can submit project proposals in the pluri-disciplinary field of international studies or relating to the special topic which is defined every year for the annual call for projects. The special theme 2019 reads as follows: "What options for climate change mitigation without multilateralism?".

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Nov 2, 2018

Call for abstracts – EGU 2019 General Assembly

Submission deadline: 10 January 2019

The EGU 2019 General Assembly takes place in Vienna from 7 to 12 April 2019 and proposes several exciting sessions. In the session "Transdisciplinary research, education and practice in mountain regions: field experiences, challenges and opportunities", led by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), contributions are invited that explore diverse experiences with transdisciplinary research, education, and practice, as specifically applied in the mountain context. The MRI also hopes to foster an alliance and community of practice within its organization that offers a mountains perspective to transdisciplinary research and contributes to its theory, methodology, and practice.

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Nov 2, 2018

I2S News

The September/October i2S News is available. It presents a repository of 500+ tools for design thinking and provides information on the EURO Journal on Decision Processes, as well as the Complex Systems Society. Information is also provided on three upcoming conferences. These have all recently been added as resources to the Integration and Implementation Sciences website, which also has a new more accessible home page.

I2S News

Oct 9, 2018

Call for scientific and non-academic reviewers for LIRA 2030

Application deadline: 10 November 2018

Following the call for pre-proposals on ‘Advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 on cities in Africa’, applications are now open for scientists and non-academic experts to help in reviewing full proposals.

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Oct 5, 2018

AR+ Transformations Gathering

People interested in advancing action-oriented research and transformation are gathering over Women’s Day, March 7-10, 2019, at Chalmers University in Gothenburg Sweden. The gathering convenes a new global community to enable creative interaction around the questions of how to do science/learning with stakeholders. If you’re engaged in creating transformative knowledge, emphasizing participation, (self-) inquiry, action and deeper values orientation, then you belong!

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Aug 31, 2018

"100 Ways of Thinking": a festival between science and art

The Kunsthalle Zürich as a makeshift university: Since 25 August, researchers present their projects to the general public at the "100 Ways of Thinking" event. With the exhibition and the accompanying science festival, the University of Zurich bridges the gap between science and art.

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Aug 31, 2018

Junior research group SEE-URBAN-WATER

Since January 2018, the junior research group SEE-URBAN-WATER, led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Hack (Ecological Engineering), works on the interaction of technical infrastructure systems and urban ecosystems in developing countries by conducting a case study in León (Nicaragua) and currently preparing a second one for comparative purposes in Heredia (Costa Rica). The research group is based at Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany and strongly cooperates with local stakeholders in both case study areas.

Any contributions to the project as well as ideas for future collaborations are welcome.
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Aug 14, 2018

New official society for Science of Team Science

The newly formed International Network for the Science of Team Science (INSciTS) will now be the official society of the Science of Team Science community. INSciTS membership draws together researchers, scholars, practitioners, funders, thought leaders, tool developers, policymakers, and institutional leaders from all disciplines and types of organizations. Research generated by INSciTS’ broad and diverse community can enhance the effectiveness of science teams, as well as diverse research collaborations across social sciences, humanities, and professions. Furthermore, INSciTS is focused on preparing the next generation of experts, equipped with the skills and perspectives necessary to lead, train, and participate in team science.

More information (coming soon)

Jul 4, 2018

I2S News

The May/June i2S News is available. It presents resources for understanding the ‘why? who? when? and how?’ of stakeholder engagement, as well as ‘wicked’ problems. It also provides information on the Intereach network, which aims to “articulate and promote the need for a dedicated career path around interdisciplinary research expertise” and on the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and its related journal. These have all recently been added as resources to the Integration and Implementation Sciences website.

I2S News

Jun 29, 2018

Proposal on Next EU R&I Framework Programme Published

On 7 June, the European Commission published its proposal on the next EU Framework Programme on Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe. Horizon Europe runs from 2021–2027 and is expected to have a budget of nearly 100 billion Euro. It is strongly focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals and fosters collaborative research between academics, companies, civil society organisations, and citizens. Transdisciplinary collaboration is therefore at the core of Horizon Europe.

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Jun 20, 2018

Survey on collaborative research and practice

The Mountain Sentinels collaborative network is working to understand the most important activities and the most significant barriers to success common across collaborative research projects worldwide. The network developed a survey to gather insights from both researchers and practitioners with collaborative experience across all systems (not just mountains). We invite you to take part in this interesting initiative! The survey is available in four languages (English, Spanish, Chinese and French) and takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Take the survey

Jun 5, 2018

Td Summer School 2018: Transdisciplinarity & Interculturality

Registration deadline: 23 June 2018

As a follow up of the ITD Conference 2017, this year’s Td Summer School is focussing on transdisciplinary research at the science-society interface within an intercultural orientation. It takes place at Leuphana University from 2 to 11 September 2018 (Td Training Module: 2-7 Sep, Special Training Module: 10-11 Sep). As a side event, we will run a workshop on transdisciplinary research and sustainability from 11 to 13 September. The aim is to develop an agenda for continuous collaborative research between different world regions to further develop epistemological and methodological foundations and practices of transdisciplinary research and sustainability.

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Jun 5, 2018

Call for Abstracts: Leverage Points 2019. International Conference on Sustainability Research and Transformation

Submission deadline: 30 June 2018

The conference takes place from 6 to 8 February 2019 at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Applications for inspiring, provocative and exciting oral and poster presentations are currently being invited. There will be a strong focus on interaction, dialog and synthesis running throughout the conference.

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May 4, 2018

I2S News

The March/April I2S News is available. It presents a conceptual framework for understanding political context and provides information on the Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis as well as the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics. Information is also seven upcoming conferences. These have all recently been added as resources to the Integration and Implementation Sciences website.

I2S News

Apr 27, 2018

Call for abstracts: Translating Sea-Level Change in Urban Life: Policies, Practices and their Intersections in Island Southeast Asia (A Roundtable Symposium)

Submission deadline: 30 May 2018

The symposium takes place on 5-6 September 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia and brings together researchers from the social sciences, the humanities and area studies, together with practitioners and policymakers that work across a diverse range of themes related to the lived and experiential aspects of (relative) sea level change in urban Southeast Asia.

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Apr 24, 2018

Call for abstracts for a workshop on the topic real-world laboratories

Submission deadline: 11 May 2018

The workshop "Real-world laboratories as a tool for a participatory energy transition: advances, methods and international cases" will be part of the Energy & Society Conference on 3-5 September 2018 in Exeter, UK. The call for abstracts is open to scholars working in the field of collaborative transition projects with various empirical subjects (including, but not limited to, transport, energy transition, higher education, water management, urban planning). Presentations may focus on methodological challenges, empirical findings, innovative transdisciplinary approaches and/ or epistemological reflections.

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Apr 11, 2018

Energy-Connect: die neue Schweizer Projektbörse für Energieprojekte

Sind Sie Teil eines Unternehmens der Energiebranche oder in der Energieforschung tätig? Dann ist "Energy-Connect" genau das richtige für Sie! Auf der neu lancierten Plattform haben Studierende, EnergieforscherInnen sowie Unternehmen und Start-ups die Möglichkeit, Projektvorhaben zu teilen, andere Ideen zu unterstützen und vor allem die richtigen Partner aus Forschung und Praxis zu finden. Die Pilotphase läuft während den nächsten sechs Monaten bis Ende September. Feedbacks zu Verbesserung der Plattform und Erweiterungswünsche sind sehr willkommen.

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Apr 6, 2018

New Issue: GAIA Special Issue S1/2018 on Labs in the Real World

At the science-society interface, new forms of experimental and transdisciplinary research approaches, so-called society-based laboratories, have been established to accelerate transformations towards more sustainable societies. This GAIA special issue “Labs in the Real World”, funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg, brings the growing international research community together. They discuss questions such as transdisciplinarity and learning dimensions, as well as the transformative potential of such labs in a large variety of empirical and theoretical investigations. GAIA Editor Ortwin Renn puts it in a nutshell: “Real-world labs are a viable and promising concept for realizing the vision of transdisciplinary research“.

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Mar 6, 2018

GAIA Best Paper Award 2017

Congratulations to Wolfgang Krohn, Armin Grunwald and Martina Ukowitz who are the winners of the GAIA Best Paper Award 2017 for their article Transdisziplinäre Forschung revisited: Erkenntnisinteresse, Forschungsgegenstände, Wissensform und Methodologie.

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Feb 21, 2018

iScience: a new interdisciplinary, open access journal

Cell Press launches the first issue of iScience, a new interdisciplinary, open access journal. iScience publishes basic and applied research that advances a specific field across life, physical, and earth sciences.

iScience homepage

Feb 20, 2018

Forschungspreis Transformative Wissenschaft

Bewerbungsfrist: 14. Mai 2018

Der Forschungspreis "Transformative Wissenschaft" zielt auf alle Formen von Forschung ab, die gesellschaftliche Impulse auslösen und fördern und dabei die Zivilgesellschaft einbeziehen. Eine bedeutende Rolle spielen hier transdisziplinäre Forschungsdesigns. Dotiert ist der Forschungspreis mit 25.000 Euro. Dieses Geld kommt Preisträgerinnen und Preisträgern für Projektideen im Bereich ihrer transformativen Wissenschaft zugute. Das Wuppertal Institut vergibt 2018 zum zweiten Mal den Forschungspreis, der von der Zempelin-Stiftung im Stifterverband gefördert wird.


Feb 16, 2018

Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership – Call for applications

Submission deadline: 15 April 2018

The Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership is a unique European program that trains the next generation of leaders in sustainability research. It provides an intensive training with four seminars in two years that broaden the research competencies of early-career researchers and promote their qualification towards transdisciplinary leadership. The program also offers seed funding to groups of participants planning to initiate research collaborations. Furthermore, an active network of current and former participants of the program will be established.

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Feb 6, 2018

Call for abstracts: "Social innovations in energy transition through transdisciplinary research"

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 March 2018

The Leibniz Research Alliance is hosting an international conference entitled "Breaking the Rules! Energy Transitions as Social Innovations". The conference will take place on 14 and 15 June 2018 at Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).
The session "Social innovations in energy transition through transdisciplinary research" aims at elaborating experiences, potentials but also shortcomings of transdisciplinary research approaches in the context of energy transitions. It welcomes contributions of ongoing and finished projects and provides a platform for success stories, failed stories and open questions. With respect to the topic of the conference, the organisators are especially interested in contributions in the social innovation context.

Call for abstracts (pdf)

Feb 2, 2018

EASST 2018 Conference: Call for papers

Submission deadline: 14 February 2018

At this year’s meeting of the European association for the study of science and technology (EASST) in Lancaster (25-28 July), contributors from science and technology studies, transdisciplinary studies, and related fields are invited to join the panel “Co-Creation of Legitimacy, Legitimacy of Co-Creation - Double Remedy or Double Crisis?”. In between academic and democratic institutions, cross-cutting collectives engage in 'co-creation': they collaboratively create shared problematics of politics and research. The panel discusses how co-creation is transforming or perpetuating legitimacy crises in academia and democracy.

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Jan 31, 2018

I2S News

The January/February I2S News is available. It presents a tool for understanding political context and provides information on the Journal of the Operational Research Society and the UK Implementation Network, as well as the 2018 Science of Team Science conference. These have all recently been added as resources to the Integration and Implementation Sciences website.

I2S News

Jan 10, 2018

YouRTD: early-career researchers and practitioners exchange about transdisciplinarity

YouRTD is a new e-mail list initiated by participants of the Forum for Young Researchers engaging with Transdisciplinarity which was part of the International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017. This list aims at continuing the exchanges and sharing knowledge about theory and practice of transdisciplinary research and work. It is primarily intended for early-career (to-be) researchers, practitioners, activists, artists and PhDs who are already conducting or are interested in conducting any modes of transdisciplinary research, but is of course open to experienced researchers and practitioners as well.


Dec 7, 2017

Education for Sustainable Development at the University of Bern

Sustainable Development (SD) cannot be determined from the top down: like others in the field of ESD, we envisage it as a democratic search, learning, and shaping process involving all of society – aimed at shaping alternative pathways. The University of Bern has a role to play in this process and supports integration of SD in teaching. Its ESD team offers a platform, provides advice, and organizes workshops. Feedback is welcome: sustainability@cde.notexisting@nodomain.comunibe.notexisting@nodomain.comch.

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Dec 7, 2017

Climanosco: Klimawissenschaften für jedermann zugänglich machen

Climanosco ist eine in Zürich gegründete Non-Profit-Organisation und ein wachsendes Netzwerk von Klimawissenschaftlern und engagierten Individuen, die gemeinsam daran arbeiten, Klimawissenschaften für jedermann kostenlos zugänglich zu machen. Climanosco ist bis zum 31. Dezember bei Crowdfunding, um die anstehenden Projekte zu finanzieren, einschließlich der nächsten Sammlungen kostenloser Publikationen.

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Nov 2, 2017

The Diversity of Empathy: a documentary video

The European Society of Literature, Science and the Arts has realised a short documentary film, using interviews of experts conducted during the SLSAeu Conference "Empathies", 2017 at the University of Basel. The video describes the many aspects of empathy with an inter- and transdisciplinary approach.

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Nov 29, 2017

Team Science Education and Training has a Facebook page

The goal of this Facebook page is to share articles, resources, experiences and commentary relevant to teaching and training scientists and others how to work in teams. The main, but not exclusive, focus is embedding teamwork, communication, leadership and management skills into core undergraduate and postgraduate education, with particular emphasis on science students.

Join the conversations

Nov 13, 2017

AR+ Organizing Futures Co-lab

Action Research Plus is inviting new participants to an emerging community of inquiry/practice for those interested in supporting new ways of organizing to meet the challenges of our times. This includes facilitating transformations of our social, economic and political systems for a more sustainable future on the planet, and more democratic organizing in the contemporary work arena that bring reflection and action cycles to the work of “liberating” organizations for a more sustainable world.

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Nov 8, 2017

Daylight Academy: an interdisciplinary platform for daylight research

Officially launched one year ago, the Daylight Academy aims to promote international, inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation among scientists, architects and other professionals within daylight research or with a strong interest in daylight related topics. The platform is a spin-off of the Velux Stiftung and wants to strengthen daylight research and its applications for the benefit of humanity and nature. A first publication with the title Changing perspectives on daylight: Science, technology and culture has just been published as a supplement to the Science Magazine.

Daylight Academy website

Oct 10, 2017

Team Science Glossary: a second edition with your help

The Team Science Glossary needs a rehash, with several words now gaining further definitions as the field grows. It should become a multidimensional resource that everyone can find useful and, for that, it needs your input!
Take a look at the definitions provided in the first edition at the blog and do not hesitate to leave a comment at the bottom of the blog with your alternative definitions.

First edition of the Team Science Glossary

Sep 26, 2017

New initiative to exchange about transdisciplinary research in the Global South

Involved or interested in transdisciplinary research in the Global South? Join the newly created online forum on Google Groups. Members of this platform can take part in the discussion and create new topics very simply from any e-mail address. The group can be found on Google Groups under the label "tdGlobalSouth".

Register directly on Google Groups or by sending an e-mail to Willington Ortiz.

Aug 31, 2017

KNOTS – Fostering multi-lateral knowledge networks of transdisciplinary studies to tackle global challenges

An Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education project, University of Vienna

Project KNOTS links partners from five countries in Southeast Asia and Europe to address new challenges in a rapidly changing world. The project aims at establishing vibrant and dynamic knowledge networks of multi-lateral and transdisciplinary studies. The Consortium intends to develop and enhance transdisciplinary research and teaching methodologies within the topics migration, resource degradation, and social inequality.

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Aug 30, 2017

Learn more about the Intereach community (Interdisciplinary Integration Research Careers Hub), a relatively new exchange platform in the interdsciplinary field

The Intereach community brings together practitioners and researchers of interdisciplinary integration - people who connect across teams, disciplines, and sectors to solve problems requiring diverse expertise. It offers space to share best practices, success metrics, and ideas for establishing intereach career paths.

Website of Intereach

Aug 15, 2017

New interdisciplinary PhD School at the University of Geneva

This new doctoral program meets the needs of researchers and students wishing to continue their academic careers in the fertile path of interdisciplinarity. Just like other academic institutions which recently developed interdisciplinary doctorates, the University of Geneva intends to prepare a new generation of researchers to think about contemporary problems related to globalization which lay at the touching points of different disciplines.

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Jul 25, 2017

New research project about transdisciplinarity: Enhancing transformative research for sustainable development: mutual learning within research networks

In recent years, td research has been buoyed by a tailwind from the international Future Earth research platform which stresses that knowledge for sustainability transformations should be co-produced in transdisciplinary ways. However, representatives and members of Future Earth are highly challenged to implement transdisciplinary approaches within their own structures and creating conditions which are truly favourable for transdisciplinarity. In order to address this gap and advance the potential of Future Earth to foster sustainability transformations via transdisciplinary research, we have started to implement a research project aiming to facilitate broader learning processes about how Future Earth and its members can integrate transdisciplinarity in their structures. These learning processes are facilitated through joint reflection between representatives of Future Earth, its members, td experts, and societal actors. Discussions between these actors are nurtured by their own experiences and insigths from new research which will be jointly defined with the participants.

Contact: PD Dr. Flurina Schneider and Dr. Theresa Tribaldos, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland.

Jun 5, 2017

RCE Vienna launches the Playpark Sachsenplatz

The RCE Vienna at the Institute for Ecological Economics at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business is currently working on CERIecon – an ERDF co-funded project which creates seven playparks offering training and mentoring for start-ups in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovakia. Vienna sees the Playpark as a learning, teaching and experimenting space for students who focus specifically on sustainability issues, social innovation and social inclusion. Everything is done in the spirit of transformative education, where transdisciplinarity is one of the key pillars.

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Video Clips from the Research Fair on the 2030 Agenda

Swiss Agency Development and Cooperation produced two videos about the Research Fair on the 2030 Agenda - a short video (2'30") as well as an extended version (7'39") with more in-depth information about the Research Fair.
Stakeholders from the science, development and policy worlds gathered together to explore the best ways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda during the second Research Fair on 9 November 2016 at SDC's head office in Bern, Switzerland.
The Research Fair was organised by SDC and KFPE.

Der SNF startet das Nationale Forschungsprogramm "Antimikrobielle Resistenz". Das Ziel: neue Lösungsansätze, damit Antibiotika weiterhin wirken.

"Die Schweiz verfügt über hervorragende Forschende auf den verschiedenen Gebieten, die für die Lösung der Resistenzproblematik bedeutend sind", sagt Christoph Dehio, Präsident des NFP 72. "Mit einem koordinierten Effort können wir deshalb einen wesentlichen Beitrag leisten, um Antibiotikaresistenzen hier und weltweit zu überwinden." Zu diesem Zweck vereint das NFP 72 Human- und Tiermediziner, Biologen sowie Umweltwissenschaftlerinnen, die fächerübergreifend zusammenarbeiten.

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SAMW-Award «Interprofessionalität im Gesundheitswesen»

Das lässt sich sehen: 42 Gesuche sind auf die Ausschreibung des SAMW-Awards «Interprofessionalität» eingegangen, 29 konnten mit dem Award ausgezeichnet werden. Die Übergabe hat am 8. Dezember 2016 im Rahmen des Symposiums «Interprofessionalität im Gesund- heitswesen» stattgefunden. Prämiert wurden Best-Practice-Beispiele aus allen Landes- teilen und aus verschiedenen Organisationen der Versorgung, Bildung und Forschung.

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The I2S YouTube channel has two new playlists

I2S YouTube channel:

The two new playlists are on systems thinking and on research implementation and change.  The channel is linked to an expanding set of videos, making it easier to access video resources relevant to I2S.

Integrating sustainable development into teaching at the University of Bern
> Guidelines now available

The University of Bern developed a set of guidelines and tools designed for faculty staff in all disciplines who wish to incorporate and integrate the crosscutting theme of sustainable development in their university teaching.

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Das r4d-Programm des SNF stellt sich vor

Internationale Forschungspartnerschaften können ihren Beitrag zur Bewältigung globaler Herausforderungen leisten. Die neue r4d-Broschüre zeigt wie.

​Die Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA) und der SNF finanzieren gemeinsam im Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d-Programm) Partnerschaften zwischen Forschenden in der Schweiz und Ländern in Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika.

Die neue Broschüre stellt das r4d-Programm nun auf Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch und Spanisch vor.

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Want to find out more about systemic co-creation, art and participatory modelling, dispositional attributes for translational ecology, the difference between participation and co-production, or the benefits of multidisciplinarity?
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Creativity in co-creation by Annette Boaz
In praise of multidisciplinarity by Gabriele Bammer
Is co-creation more than participation? by Katrin Prager
Training translational ecologists: moving from accidental to intentional by Mark Brunson
Art and participatory modelling by Hara Woltz and Eleanor Sterling
Ten communication tips for translational scientists by Sunshine Menezes
The interplay between knowledge and power / La interacción entre el conocimiento y el poder by Cristina Zurbriggen
From fountain to firehose by David Feldon
Co-creation without systems thinking can be dangerous by Gerald Midgley
What makes a translational ecologist? Part 3 Dispositional attributes by Translational Ecology Group

News about H2020 SIMRA

Scientists from across Europe and the wider Mediterranean area met at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, at the start of a 4 year project addressing some of the most important social challenges faced by rural areas. The Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) project, supported with €5.5m from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme, aims to understand and enhance social innovation

Professor Maria Nijnik, the coordinator, working at the James Hutton Institute’s Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group, said that “Social innovation responds to demands that are traditionally not addressed by markets or existing institutions, and that the challenge for this international team is to advance knowledge and to promote implementation of social innovation in marginalised rural areas. Social innovation manifests itself in new social relationships and collaborations. It seeks to promote the development and uptake of new services and new fields of activity, such as social entrepreneurship and social enterprises that improve the quality of life of individuals and communities. Examples are community-owned renewable energy inititatives, and social enterprises which help disadvantaged groups gain access to work as well as to healthcare, and can include new institutional arrangements, while governance mechanisms based on new social networks advance social capital and can create new social innovations. The SIMRA team, led by the James Hutton Institute, will study what characterises successful social innovation, in areas as varied as north-west Europe and Scandanavia, the Mediterranean and North Africa region, Alpine, and Central and Eastern Europe. It will work with those initiating or benefiting from social innovations to learn about stakeholders/end-users motivations and experiences of support or barriers encountered.”

The team comprises members from 15 countries from across the European Union and the wider Mediterranean area, and associated international networks. A number of other countries, including from North Africa and East Europe, will be involved as contributors to case studies and SIMRA supporters coming from the South and South-Eastern European Mountain Network, FLEG II, the Carpathian Network S4C, and the UNEP, FAO, IUFRO, ECOFOR, Earth System Governance, and others, including the Ecosystem Services Community Scotland. The project consortium consists of 10 public bodies (8 universities and 2 research institutes), 8 not for profit organizations, 5 small and medium enterprises, NGOs and networks, and 3 international organisations.
Details of partners and other information about SIMRA are available at the European Union WWW site

You can find more about SIMRA through the following links:

Microsite on the 11 Principles & 7 Questions and a Youtube Channel

KFPE (Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries) has developed and launched a microsite and a youtube channel with the aim of raising and broadening public awareness about its work, particularly among a younger audience.
Both of these online resources provide brief explanations of the 11 principles and 7 Questions for building transboundary and intercultural research partnerships.

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Co-production: it’s all about relationships by Kirsten Kainz
What makes a translational ecologist? Part 2 Skills by Translational Ecology Group
Tool users old and new: why we need models by Suzanne Pierce
What makes a translational ecologist? Part 1 Knowledge by Translational Ecology Group
Models as narratives by Alison Singer
What is translational ecology by Translational Ecology Group
Serious gaming: helping stakeholders address community problems by Nagesh Kolagani
Playing around with PARTICIPOLOGY by Alister Scott
Choosing a model: If all you have is a hammer... by Jen Badham
Eight institutional practices to support interdisciplinary research by Margaret Palmer, Jonathan Kramer, James Boyd, and David Hawthorne

"Transformation der Wissenschaft" - ein Dossier des oekom verlags

Ein Dossier des oekom verlags zum Thema "Transformation der Wissenschaft" mit Artikeln aus den Zeitschriften politische ökologie, GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, Ökologisches Wirtschaften und umwelt aktuell

Die Wissenschaft als Impulsgeberin für eine nachhaltige Transformation der Gesellschaft: Wie muss sie sich verändern, um ihrer Verantwortung für die Gesellschaft gerecht zu werden? Warum fürchtet sich die etablierte Wissenschaft vor der transformativen Wissenschaft? Was versetzt Bürgerinnen und Bürger in die Lage, die Transformation mitzugestalten? Ein Dossier mit aktuellen Artikeln aus den Zeitschriften des oekom verlags (zum Lesen bitte den jeweiligen Artikeltitel anklicken).

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Neues Forschungsprojekt „PlastX“: Wie ist ein nachhaltiger Umgang mit Plastik möglich?

PlastX – Kunststoffe als systemisches Risiko für sozial-ökologische Versorgungssysteme
Die Nachwuchsgruppe PlastX unter der Leitung des ISOE untersucht die gesellschaftliche Rolle von Plastik und damit verbundene Umweltauswirkungen. Das Team aus Sozial- und Naturwissenschaftlern erarbeitet hierbei, wie ein nachhaltigerer Umgang mit Plastik möglich ist.

Die Nachwuchsgruppe verfolgt einen inter- und transdisziplinären Forschungsansatz. Hierfür wird die Problematik aus einer sozial-ökologischen Risikoperspektive betrachtet. Kennzeichnend für dieses komplexe Umweltproblem sind die vernetzten Risiken, die mit dem Material Plastik durch die Herstellung, Verwendung und Entsorgung einhergehen. Daran sind viele Akteure in unterschiedlichen Konstellationen beteiligt, die sowohl Risikoverursacher als auch -betroffene sein können. Darüber hinaus bestehen Unsicherheiten über die direkten und indirekten Umwelt- und Gesundheitsfolgen von Kunststoffen. Aufgrund dieser Charakteristika wird die Thematik konzeptionell als systemisches Risiko gefasst.

Übergreifendes Ziel des Projekts ist es,

  • das theoretische Verständnis von systemischen Risiken in sozial-ökologischen Versorgungssystemen am Beispiel der Kunststoffe konzeptionell weiterzuentwickeln,
  • integrative, praxisnahe Lösungsstrategien im Umgang mit systemischen Risiken von Kunststoffen anhand der Handlungsfelder Vermeidung, Alternativen und Management aufzuzeigen.

Die Problematik wird in folgenden Bereichen analysiert:
  • Verpackungen und nachhaltiger Konsum (Vermeidung und Alternativen von Verpackungsmaterialien)
  • Mikroplastik in Fließgewässern
  • Plastikabfälle in internationalen Gewässern

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Future Earth Webinar

As part of the Future Earth Webinar "Best practices on transdisciplinary and co-designed research", td-net gave a short introduction to transdisciplinary research.

The webinar as well as the presentation are available here

Interested in co-creation, facilitation, unknowns, mental models or interdisciplinary case studies?
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We welcome comments on posts and new contributions. This month’s essays are:
Virtues and vices of real-world co-creation by Quassim Cassam
Integrating Disciplines / Integrando Disciplinas by Marcel Bursztyn, Gabriela Litre and Stéphanie Nasuti
Five Steps for Managing Diversity to Create Synergy by Doug Easterling
Facilitating multidisciplinary decision making by Bob Dick
Eight Strategies for Co-creation by Arnim Wiek
Six types of unknowns in interdisciplinary research by Gabriele Bammer
Can co-creation achieve better outcomes for people and communities? by Deborah Ghate ()
Knowledge synthesis and external representations by Deana Pennington

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Drei Mercator Awards an Nachwuchsforschende der Universität Zürich verliehen

Der Graduate Campus der Universität Zürich und die Stiftung Mercator gratulieren den Preisträgerinnen und dem Preisträger der Mercator Awards 2016:

Sarah Genner für ihre Arbeit „ON/OFF – Risks and rewards of the anytime-anywhere Internet“
Dr. Uli Herrmann für seine Arbeit „Prion infections and anti-PrP antibodies trigger converging neurotoxic pathways“
Dr. Gabriela Medici für ihre Arbeit „Migrantinnen als Pflegehilfen in Schweizer Privathaushalten – menschenrechtliche Vorgaben und staatliche Handlungspflichten“

Mit den Mercator Awards für Nachwuchsforschende werden Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler ausgezeichnet, die mit inter- bzw. transdisziplinären Ansätzen oder Methoden an Projekten von gesellschaftlicher Relevanz forschen. Die Preisverleihung findet am 6. Oktober 2016 im Rahmen der Jahresveranstaltung des Graduate Campus statt.

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Interested in how to use modelling for integration in transdisciplinary research?
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  1. Research impact: six kinds of change
  2. Moving from models that synthesize to models that innovate
  3. The knowledge practice paradox
  4. Facilitating participatory modeling
  5. Working together for better outcomes: lessons for funders, researchers, and researcher partners
  6. Modeling as social practice
  7. Why participatory models need to include cultural models

"It's the umanities, stupid" – Was die Geisteswissenschaften leisten
> 18 Fragen und Antworten zu den Geisteswissenschaften

Was die Geisteswissenschaften leisten

Eine neue Website fasst zusammen, was die Geisteswissenschaften zur Wertschöpfung und zum gesellschaftlichen Wohlbefinden beitragen. Mit der Website reagiert die SAGW auf die Kritik gegenüber den Geisteswissenschaften. 18 Fragen und Antworten machen deutlich, weshalb es die Geisteswissenschaften zur Lösung gesellschaftlicher Probleme ebenso wie zur Stärkung der Wirtschaft braucht.


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Interdisziplinäre Forschung: Neuausrichtung von Sinergia
Eingabetermine: 1. Juni und 1. Dezember.

Das Förderungsinstrument Sinergia des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds wurde neu ausgerichtet: Fortan werden damit wegweisende interdisziplinäre Projekte ("breakthrough research") finanziert.

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Interested in professional development for those teaching transdisciplinarity?
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