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Online Event Nov 16, 2020

Forum Covid-19 der Akademien Schweiz

Die Corona-Pandemie fordert nicht nur das Gesundheitssystem, sondern auch die Wirtschaft und die Politik heraus. Die Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz lancieren mit dem Covid-19 Forum eine wöchentliche virtuelle Veranstaltung mit dem Ziel, das Gespräch und den Austausch zwischen der Bevölkerung, den Behörden und den Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern zu pflegen.

Das Forum wird von Prof. Marcel Tanner (Präsident der Akademien Schweiz) und Prof. Jakob Zinsstag (Präsident, Wissenschaftlicher Beirat des td-net, Akademien Schweiz) moderiert. Das Forum findet ab dem

24. November 2020 bis auf weiteres versuchsweise jeweils Dienstag von
18.15 – 19.15 h als virtuelles Zoom Meeting statt.

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MOOC Nov 16, 2020

Partnering for Change – Link Research to Societal Challenges

Our Massive Open Online Course on Transdisciplinary Research starts its next tutored run 22. February 2021. The course is ideally suited to be integrated in curricula, lectures, seminars, workshops and project work. It allows to learn at your own pace safely at home but connected to learners worldwide. The course consists of six weeks totalling 20-40 hours’ workload for learners. Each week includes videos, articles, discussions and exercises.

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Nov 5, 2020

Forschung für gesellschaftliche Innovationen - das Potenzial der Fachhochschulen

Fachhochschulen haben das grosse Potenzial soziale Innovationen und gesellschaftliche Transformationsprozesse durch transdisziplinäre Forschung anzustossen und zu begleiten. Sie sind damit wichtige Pfeiler im Schweizer Wissenschaftssystem, wie Präsident Marcel Tanner im Vorwort betont. Die neue Publikation der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz beleuchtet Rahmenbedingungen und Handlungsfelder, damit diese Potenziale besser zum Tragen kommen. Mit dem Titel «Forschung für gesellschaftliche Innovationen an Fachhochschulen (FHs)» laden die Akademien Akteurinnen und Akteure auf verschiedenen Handlungsebenen dazu ein, TD-Forschung an Fachhochschulen breit zu verankern. Dafür sind künftig Workshops in allen Sprachregionen vorgesehen.
Kontakt

Video Nov 2, 2020

TRANSDISZIPLINÄRE FORSCHUNG - Gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen partnerschaftlich angehen

Das Science at Noon vom 8.10.2020 bietet eine Einführung in die Transdisziplinäre Forschung und stellt Möglichkeiten zur Vertiefung vor. Zwei innovative Produkte stehen dabei im Zentrum: der weltweit erste MOOC zu Transdisziplinärer Forschung und die td-net Toolbox zur Koproduktion von Wissen.

Inhalt

  • Auftakt: Claudia Appenzeller, exec. MPA, Generalsekretärin der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz
  • Das Netzwerk für Transdisziplinäre Forschung – wie die Akademien Kompetenzen bündeln: Theres Paulsen
  • Was ist transdisziplinäre Forschung? Der Schweizer MOOC erleichtert den Einstieg: Tobias Buser
  • BESTandermatt – Einblick in ein Fallbeispiel aus der Forschung:
    Dr. Caroline Näther, Hochschule Luzern, Institut für Soziokulturelle Entwicklung
  • Wie kann Wissen gemeinsam produziert werden? Die td-net Toolbox hilft: Dr. Sibylle Studer, Projektleiterin td-net

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Oct 15, 2020
http://www.u-change.ch/sd-universities/U-Change-2017-20.html

U Change: Call für neue Studierendenprojekte startet im November | L'appel à des nouveau projects étudiants commence en Novembre



Die nächste Projektausschreibung vom Förderprogramm U Change wird im November veröffentlicht. Bis Ende Januar können Anträge für Studierendenprojekte, Workshops und Förderplattformen eingereicht werden. Das Programm richtet sich an alle Universitären Hochschulen, Fachhochschulen und Pädagogische Hochschulen der Schweiz, Projektanträge können auf Deutsch, Französisch, Italienisch oder Englisch verfasst sein.

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Le prochain appel à projets du programme d’encouragement U Change sera publié en Novembre. Le délai de soumission des proposition pour des projets étudiants, ateliers et plateformes de soutien sera fin Janvier. Le programme s’adresse aux Hautes Écoles Universitaires, Hautes Écoles Spécialisées et Hautes Écoles Pédagogiques en Suisse, les propositions peuvent être rédigées en Français, Allemand, Italien ou Anglais.

En savoir plus

Oct 8, 2020

Neuer Methodensteckbrief: Erzähl deine Geschichte anhand eines Objekts

Diese Methode macht persönliche Bezüge und Wertvorstellungen unterschiedlicher Projektbeteiligter anhand von Gegenständen explizit. Dies dient heterogenen Gruppen dazu, gemeinsame thematische Schwerpunkte zu finden, die den verschiedenen Wertvorstellungen Rechnung tragen. Die Methode, erläutert von Ariane Tanner, ist nun Teil der td-net Toolbox!

Siehe den Methodensteckbrief

Sep 14, 2020

Learning Case Workshop SHAPE-ID

At the workshop "Intersections or reconfigurations? Arts & Humanities integration in inter- and transdisciplinary research", 10. - 11. 9. 2020, co-organized by TdLab and td-net, integration was discussed amongst researchers, artists, funders and policy adivsers. The first day was dedicated to exploring and experimenting the different facets integration. The second day involved the funding perspective as well as the participants' requests with regard to the toolkit that the SHAPE-ID project team is about to create.

Sep 9, 2020

td-net Toolbox: New shared experiences

On the td-net web portal you can now find a new experience report from Patricia Fry on the concrete use of a Multi-stakeholder discussion group (MSDG) in the field. The report shows how the space between the different interests and knowledge forms of various stakeholders can be bridged and which effects this method (MSDG) has on organizational and social learning.

Who else has experiences to share? Send us your notes

Sep 2, 2020

Looking back on the Higher Education Summit #HES2020

In cooperation with the COPERNICUS Alliance, the Universities of Bern and Lausanne and the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology - saguf, we organized the Higher Education Summit from 31.8.2020-2.9.2020. The event took place online and with great success, as the visual review clearly shows.
Tweets can be tracked under the hashtag #HES2020.

Jul 14, 2020

New experience report

A new experience report of the td-net web portal illustrates how rich pictures helped to gain insights and problem statements from residents involved in a change process. Such experience reports illustrate how methods are adapted to specific contexts and contribute to reflections about and further development of the td community's method repertoire.

Who else has experiences to share? Send us your notes

Jul 9, 2020

Sustainable University Day 2021 - Save the date

Ort und Datum für den Sustainable University Day 2021 sind nun festgelegt. Der Sustainable University Day 2021 wird am 26. März an der Universität Neuenburg stattfinden.

Mehr Informationen

Jun 18, 2020

Publication Radar

Transdisciplinary publications again on the rise - td-net's publication radar shows that the constant upwards trend is ongoing! Sustainability and topics related to the environment are most prominent, and also public health, education, sociology, economics and linguistics show up in the top 20 research areas covered by TD publications.

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publication Jun 17, 2020

50 years of transdisciplinarity - the demand is still current today

It is 50 years ago that an OECD working group developed approaches to inter- and transdisciplinary research. At that time, Switzerland played a key role in this process with the psychologist Jean Piaget (*1896 Neuchâtel; † 1980 Geneva). Now the OECD is presenting a new report and with Jakob Zinsstag (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the td-net) Switzerland is once again playing a key role by contributing case studies from the Swiss research network [more...]

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Policy Paper, June 2020
Addressing societal challenges using transdisciplinary research (PDF)

Jun 3, 2020

Tour d'Horizon of Literature 2019 - Your recommendation counts!

Every year we invite experts of inter- and transdisciplinarity to recommend most important publications in the field of inter- and transdisciplinary research, education and practice. These recommendations will be compiled and published online on our website as «Tour d'Horizon 2019».
We would highly appreciate your participation in this survey by June 25th.

To the survey

May 18, 2020

A conversation with the organisers of the #HES2020

"The focus is on networking as well as transformative learning, assessment, quality assurance, and sustainable development, where we want to achieve both scientific and practical progress."

Read the whole conversation
Registration will be open from 15 May to 31 July and the program is online since 15 May.

May 15, 2020

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2021

Save the date! The ITD 2021 will take place 13.-17. September 2021 in Zürich. The conference is co-organised by td-net and USYS TdLab of ETH Zürich.

May 15, 2020

Neuerung im td-net Team

Wir begrüssen herzlich Elena Paganoni und Nives Ramisberger in der Geschäftsstelle des td-net. Beide studieren Geographie an der Universität Bern und möchten mehr über transdisziplinäre Forschung wissen. Willkommen im Team!
Dafür verabschieden wir Ursula Schöni, die 2019 unsere Kommunikation führte - vielen Dank!

May 13, 2020

Massive open online course on TD Research

Our Massive Open Online Course "Partnering for Change - Linking Research to Societal Challenges" is running now. Until 21. June it is possible to join the course and have 8 weeks to learn at your own pace. The MOOC can also be integrated into your curricula, lectures and seminars. Enjoy the exchange with learners from more than 80 countries!

Information and link to course inscription here

May 13, 2020

New impulses for the td-net web portal

In order to further develop the td-net's web portal for co-producing knowledge, the scientific board of td-net extended the editorial board of its web portal. td-net warmly welcomes three new members: Dr. Antonietta Di Giulio (University of Basel), Prof. Martina Schäfer (Technische Universität Berlin) and Prof. Jan C. Schmidt (Hochschule Darmstadt). With their vast and complementary expertise they contribute the quality assurance of the information provided and elaborate on the relevance of the tools selected to support td processes.

Apr 22, 2020

td-net Webportal auf Deutsch und Französisch
td-net portail web en français et allemand

Die meisten Seiten des td-net Webportal für Koproduktion von Wissen sind nun auf Deutsch und Französisch übersetzt. Die konkreten Methodenbeschreibungen bleiben in der Originalsprache; zurzeit meist in Englisch. Das td-net Team freut sich auf Beiträge in Deutsch und Französisch! Wer hat eine Methode entwickelt oder angewendet, die wir mit unserer Community von td Forschenden teilen könnten? Hinweise an: td-methods@scnat.notexisting@nodomain.comch.

La plupart des pages du portail web pour la co-production de savoir ont maintenant été traduites en français et en allemand. Les profiles concrets de méthodes restent dans la langue d'origine; c'est-à-dire pour l'instant principalement en anglais. L'équipe du td-net se réjouit d'obtenir de nouvelles contributions en allemand et en français! Qui a développé ou appliqué une méthode que nous pourrions partager avec la communauté transdisciplinaire? Veuillez transmettre les indications à: td-methods@scnat.notexisting@nodomain.comch.

Apr 21, 2020

#HES2020 - Virtual Higher Education Summit 2020

We decided to make the #HES2020 a virtual event. Submissions are currently being reviewed and we are working on an exciting program. In addition we will provide a special forum to discuss COVID-19 related experiences and possible potentials of online teaching for the future of Higher Education.
The international event addresses the question "How can we assure quality and transformative learning for sustainable development?".

More information and registration on the conference website

Apr 21, 2020

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2020 (ITD2020), Bern August 31, 2020

Cancelled due to the Corona Pandemic.

Mar 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Welcome to the digital world

The Federal Council’s highest priority is to protect the public. It has declared that an ‘extraordinary situation’ exists in Switzerland. Everyone is affected and must now act responsibly.

Since Monday the td-net team started working in the home office and has to develop new work routines. We have thus arrived entirely in the digital age. We apologise if projects or responses are therefore delayed. However, we do not want to make any concessions in terms of quality.

The run of the tdMOOC is not in question, please register here.

Mar 13, 2020

Coronavirus

In view of current developments, the Executive Board of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences has introduced a number of measures which are effective immediately for the network of academies and other organisations active in the House of Academies. This applies in particular to meetings and events.

In the case of td-net this will affect all projects and events carried out with partner institutions as well as the U Change funding programme.

We would like to take this opportunity to refer once again to the digital online course on the principles of transdisciplinary research, which starts at the end of March. The course has been developed together with several partner universities in Switzerland. The run of the course is not affected by the corona measures. [Registration]

Mar 12, 2020

Cancellation

The Symposium "Transdisciplinarity as an institutional challenge for universities" on March 24, 2020 at Technical University Berlin was cancelled.

We will inform you on our website, as soon as we know if this conference will be held at another time.


Die Tagung richtet sich an Personen, die sich über Erfahrungen mit der Institutionalisierung von TD in universitären Strukturen austauschen bzw. sich über entsprechende Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen informieren möchten. Herzlich willkommen sind ausserdem Vertreterinnen und Vertreter von Fördermittelgebern oder Stiftungen bzw. von Bundes- oder Landesministerien, die entsprechende Initiativen von Universitäten unterstützen.

Event Mar 4, 2020

Annuliert: Sustainable University Day 2020 | U Change mit Université de Neuchâtel

Aufgrund der Empfehlungen der Eidgenossenschaft betreffend Coronavirus hat die Task Force der Universität beschlossen, den Sustainable University Day vom 6. März abzusagen. Wir werden die Möglichkeit prüfen, den Anlass zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt durchzuführen und werden uns erlauben, Sie diesbezüglich zu informieren.

Jan 27, 2020

Innovative co-produced open online course starts 30 March 2020

Together with seven universities and institutes of higher education, and the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries, td-net coordinated and co-produced the first massive open online course (MOOC) on transdisciplinary research.
The course presents transdisciplinary research as a living experience. With a basis on sound theoretical and methodological background, five outstanding projects illustrate promising different ways of dealing with complex societal challenges.
We are convinced, that students, researchers and practitioners from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to learn how to do research that helps to overcome societal challenges. Granting open access to this course provides a unique leverage point to increase access and extending reach equitably across the higher education landscape globally. Besides self-study and exchange with learners from all parts of the world, the course can be integrated in lectures, courses, and trainings. Take the opportunity, the course inscription is open now and free.

More information 

Learning Case Workshop Dec 16, 2019

Intersections or reconfigurations?
Arts & Humanities integration in inter- and transdisciplinary research

Date: Thursday 14th May 2020: 12.00 to 19.00 and Friday 15th May 2020: 9.00 – 14.00
Venue: ETH Zürich, Polyterrasse, MM C 78.1, Zentrum Campus


td-net is involved in the project since the beginning.

We kindly invite people of the td-community to participate in the workshop. more information

International Conference Dec 16, 2019

Save the Date: Higher Education Summit 2020 (#HES2020)

31 August - 2 September 2020, Bern, Switzerland
How can we assure quality and transformative learning for sustainable development?
We invite lecturers and researchers at higher education institutions, experts in professional development in higher education, managers of higher education institutions, experts in quality assurance, student activists, and civil society actors to save the date for a thought-provoking international event in Bern, Switzerland, from 31 August – 2 September 2020. The event is co-organised by the COPERNICUS Alliance, saguf, the University of Bern, the University of Lausanne and td-net.
The first day will feature the joint td-net and TA-Swiss annual ITD-CH conference, as well as other parallel meetings of the various networks that will be convening; in the evening there will be a boundary-crossing opening event for all. The second and third days will consist of a jointly developed programme. Read more about the conference.

Oct 14, 2019

Reichhaltige Methodensammlungen auf Deutsch


Die td-net Toolbox verlinkt neu auf die “td Academy” und die online verfügbaren Bücher “Transdisziplinär und transformativ forschen”. Die Werke beschreiben nicht nur Methoden, sondern ganze TD Forschungsprozesse, betten die Methoden darin ein und verknüpfen diese mit weiteren handlungsrelevanten Informationen. Die td Academy informiert u.a. über Anforderungen und Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten zur Wirkungssteigerung; basierend auf der Analyse von 16 wirkungsvollen TD Projekten. Die Bücher «transdisziplinar und transformativ forschen» gehen auf Kriterien, Prinzipien, Leitfragen und Heuristiken ein, welche die Perspektiven und das Handeln der involvierten Akteure zu verstehen helfen.

Oct 11, 2019

New collections of td-related resources


The ITD conference made it evident: the number of collections of td-related resources (tools, methods, guidelines, principles, annotated bibliographies) is constantly growing. The td-net toolbox features two of them: the “td Academy and the two open access books “Transdisziplinär und transformativ forschen”. They serve the German-speaking community with contextualized method descriptions. We wonder: which other language-specific method-expertise are we missing out? Please send us your favourite collections of td-related resources in French, Spanish and German td-methods@scnat.notexisting@nodomain.comch!

Sep 23, 2019

The td-net looks back and says "thank you": ITD2019 in Gothenburg


More than 250 participants from all continents shared their experiences and thoughts during the second week of September 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The whole td-net team wants to express its warmest gratitude to the co-organisers Merritt Polk from the Gothenburg University School of Global Studies and Henrietta Palmer from Mistra Urban Futures with their teams, the conference partners and board members, and to all participants for making this conference a memorable and important event.

Read reflections by td-net’s team members


Sep 10, 2019

ITD-Alliance founded!


As an important step to further strengthen the ITD communities’ abilities to address the grand societal challenges, the Alliance for Inter- and Transdisciplinarity (ITD-Alliance) was founded at the ITD2019. The Alliance aims at linking the growing but often dispersed networks, organisations and individuals, as well their initiatives, experiences and offers in inter- and  transdisciplinary research and education. The Alliance is a home base for inter- and transdisciplinary institutions and individuals. It offers institutional and individual memberships, highlights the amazing work of the communities, enables to bring forward specific aspects of ID/TD in working groups, helps to find potential partners for research and education, and, by joining forces, it aims to leverage the power of ID/TD communities to become an even stronger voice in research and policy. More information can be found on the website of the ITD Alliance (in process of being set up). Become a member and promote the Alliance in your institution!

www.itd-alliance.org

Jul 4, 2019

td-net says again goodbye and hello!


This time, we say goodbye to Lydia Moreno. Lydia has been the heart of all communication from td-net. She had the opportunity to concentrate on her work at the > Daylight Academy, where the skills she acquired in td-net hopefully will bear fruit. We thank Lydia for her good work and fantastic support and are looking forward to enlightening cooperation in the future.

On the other hand we are happy to welcome Ursula Schöni in our team. She plays an integral role in several forums of the Platform Science and Policy, as she works for td-net as well as for Swiss Biodiversity Forum and the Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks. With her journalistic background she will take over everything related to communication like td-Info and Website. Ursula will support the office wherever a hand is needed. Due to this change, summer issues may be shorter in this summer season.

td-net team

May 31, 2019

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019 - Registration now open


The registration for the International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019 is now open! Do not miss the early bird fees, they are available until June 30.

The conference is co-organised by td-net, Mistra Urban Futures and the University of Gothenburg and will take place in Gothenburg from 10 to 13 September 2019. The aim of this conference, Joining Forces for Change, is to bring together actors from different professional mandates, disciplines and sectors to engage and discuss on what we can learn from our collaborative experiences, case studies and practices regarding wider societal transformation, methodological innovations and theoretical development.

More information: www.transdisciplinarity.ch/itd2019

May 8, 2019

td-net says goodbye and hello!


This month, we say goodbye to our long-time colleague Gabriela Wülser. Gabriela has been responsible for transdisciplinary competencies and methods for knowledge co-production in heterogeneous teams. She substantially contributed to building up our online toolbox. She now moved to the Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT to establish a new initiative on sustainability research. She is happy to have td-net on board as one of the new initiative's key collaboration partners. Gabriela holds a doctorate in philosophy of science and empirical science studies - on sustainability research - from ETH Zurich. We thank her very much for her good work and support, and look forward to further collaboration!

At the same time, we are happy to introduce Sibylle Studer, who has already taken over the lead of the project "Methods and tools for co-producing knowledge" from Gabriela. Sibylle studied Social Anthropology, Management&Economics and International Relations at the University of Zurich with field visits in Togo and Bolivia. After having completed her PhD in nonprofit management, she was involved in policy research for the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER CREST) and worked in interdisciplinary teams at Interface Policy studies Research Consulting. She is conversant with different stakeholder- and disciplinary perspectives on methods and scientific standards and looks forward to supporting the research community in its attempt to make research more societally relevant. Welcome to the team!

Methods and tools for co-producing knowledge
td-net team

May 8, 2019

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019


The conference is co-organised by td-net, Mistra Urban Futures and the University of Gothenburg and will take place in Gothenburg from 10 to 13 September 2019. The aim of this conference, Joining Forces for Change, is to bring together actors from different professional mandates, disciplines and sectors to engage and discuss on what we can learn from our collaborative experiences, case studies and practices regarding wider societal transformation, methodological innovations and theoretical development. Our call for contributions was very successful, since we have received very diverse and high quality abstracts! Our selection will be communicated soon. Registration will also be available in the next few weeks on www.transdisciplinarity.ch/itd2019.

Methods Apr 9, 2019

The td-net toolbox gets a new look


A new visual universe brings colour to the td-net toolbox! Especially developped for the portal, the vibrant illustrations reflect the diversity, the dynamism but also the complexity inherent in transdisciplinary collaborations. The recently updated online portal offers a point of entry to more widespread methods and tools that support collaboration between experts and stakeholders from science and practice to tackle societal challenges.

Have a look at the newly illustrated tools
Contribute with experiences and suggestions

Conference Apr 5, 2019

Sustainable University Day 2019: tropical vibe and lively exchanges!


Organised in collaboration with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), the Sustainable University Day 2019 brought together more than 150 students, university leaders, policy makers, non-profit actors and other higher education representatives to discuss how universities are responding to the challenges posed by sustainable development and which concrete measures should be taken. In the morning, captivating presentations offered fantastic inputs to stimulate discussion. The rest of the day was devoted to the interactions between the participants. World Café sessions, guided tours, a networking-lounge, a poster exhibition and finally a participative panel discussion gave great opportunities for exchange and mutual learning. A rich program which kept all its promises!

Pictures will be available soon on the event website

Conference Mar 1, 2019

Contribute to the International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019


Joining Forces for Change! In line with the motto of the conference, which will take place in Gothenburg from 10 to 13 September 2019, we are inviting contributions from practitioners and researchers who are working in different types of collaborative research and change processes, to gauge the state of the art in both research and practice from across sectors and disciplines. Contributions can be made in the form of session, presentation, poster, installation, workshop, network event or open stage. Submissions from practitioners and from transdisciplinary teams are particularly welcome.

See the call for contributions
Submit your abstract until 31 March 2019

Methods Feb 6, 2019

New in the td-net Toolbox: Theory of change


A theory of change (ToC) is a model of a change process. It provides a description and explanation of how and why an activity or a set of activities (such as a project or program) is expected to lead or contribute to a process of change. A ToC is not a single theory but a set of theories that describes and explains the multiple steps in a change process. The approach recognizes that socio-ecological systems are complex, and that causal processes are often non-linear with multiple interactions and feedback loops. The method has been provided by Rachel Claus & Brian Belcher.

More information

Methods Jan 18, 2019

Methods matter! Explore the newly structured td-net toolbox


td-net starts building up an online portal that offers a point of entry to more widespread methods and tools that support collaboration between experts and stakeholders from science and practice to tackle societal challenges. Searchable by typical process phases and key issues, it will indicate methods offered both in the td-net toolbox and various other online collections.


Check out the new portal of methods and tools for co-producing knowledge
Participate in exploring more broadly which tasks can be supported by which tools
Send your feedback to td-methods@scnat.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Conference Jan 11, 2019

Joining Forces For Change! – Call for the International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019


The conference is co-organised by td-net, Mistra Urban Futures and the University of Gothenburg and will take place in Gothenburg from 10 to 13 September 2019. The aim of this conference, Joining Forces for Change, is to bring together actors from different professional mandates, disciplines and sectors to engage and discuss on what we can learn from our collaborative experiences, case studies and practices regarding wider societal transformation, methodological innovations and theoretical development. Therefore we want to bring together the growing body of individuals, groups and organisations who are working in different types of collaborative research and change processes, to gauge the state of the art in both research and practice from across sectors and disciplines, and to create an international forum where diverse groups can exchange experiences and learn from each other.

Practitioners and researchers are invited to propose contributions: www.transdisciplinarity.ch/itd2019.

Conference Jan 8, 2019

Sustainable University Day 2019 – Registrations are open!


The Sustainable University Day is the annual meeting of the funding program U Change, which supports student projects and student project incubators for sustainable development. Every year, the Conference brings together students, university leaders, policy makers, non-profit actors and other higher education representatives to discuss how universities are responding to the challenges posed by sustainable development and which concrete measures should be taken. The Sustainable University Day 2019 will be organised on 29 March in Wädenswil in collaboration with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

See the program (in German and French)
Register

Conference Nov 30, 2018

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018


With a focus on digitalisation, the Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018 brought together nearly one hundred people with different backgrounds and from various regions of Switzerland. Three captivating keynote speeches, twenty creative posters and three lively workshops offered fantastic inputs and a space for discussion about what digitalisation means for co-productive modes of research and teaching. Many impressions and comments were shared on Twitter. Have a look at #SwissITD. Thank you to everyone for joining the Swiss ITD 2018! We already look forward to meeting you again at the next edition!

Presentations and posters are available on www.transdisciplinarity.ch/itd2018.

Conference Oct 31, 2018

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018 enriched by more than 20 posters!


More than 20 posters reflecting experiences at the interface between transdisciplinarity and digitalisation will be displayed during the Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018 on 15 November at the EPFL in Lausanne. Many of them will be presented during the parallel sessions of speed talks.
Do you want to explore with us these experiences and discuss visions how digitalisation can be devised for inter- and transdisciplinary research and education?
Have a look at the updated programme and register by 8 November 2018 at the latest.

Workshop Oct 9, 2018

Training workshop on transdisciplinary research with LIRA 2030


This year’s LIRA 2030 training workshop on transdisciplinary research took place in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire with 32 early career researchers from 14 African countries. The training had a focus on enabling participants to design and conduct their own research project. Short inputs on theory, methodology and methods of transdisciplinary research as baseline and videos and presentations of existing TD projects as illustrations were introduced as fundament for a series of interactive exercises on important steps along the transdisciplinary research process, conducted in various settings, such as reflections and work on the own project, group tasks, plenary discussions and role play. Some of the exercises were based on td-net’s toolbox for co-producing knowledge, e.g. actor constellation and three types of knowledge exercises. Td-net was engaged in this training workshop for the third consecutive year and also contributes to the ongoing development of training and coaching activities within the LIRA 2030 programme.

Read more

See also
: LIRA 2030 call for scientific and non-academic reviewers

Publication Sep 11, 2018

Our Tour d'Horizon of Literature 2017 is now available!


Every year, td-net invites experts in the field to list recent key publications in the area of inter- and transdisciplinarity. The new Tour d'Horizon presents literature published in 2017 with short annotations written by the experts that recommended the publications. We would like to thank the contributors for their inputs and already look forward to renewing the experience next year.

All “Tour d’Horizon of Literature” issues can be found here.
Tour d'Horizon of Literature 2017

Conference Aug 17, 2018

Sustainable University Day 2019: save the date!


The Sustainable University Day is the annual meeting of the funding program U Change, which supports student projects and student project incubators for sustainable development. Every year, the Conference brings together students, university leaders, policy makers, non-profit actors and other higher education representatives to discuss how universities are responding to the challenges posed by sustainable development and which concrete measures should be taken. The Sustainable University Day 2019 will be organised on 29 March in Wädenswil in collaboration with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Save the date!

More information will be available soon
See what happened during the Sustainable University Day 2018

Publication Jul 10, 2018

Publication on sustainable consumption and transformative teaching


We are pleased to share with you the publication of A sustainable consumption teaching review: From building competencies to transformative learning. The article written by Marlyne Sahakian and Gill Seyfang addresses transdisciplinary and transformative teaching applied to the field of sustainable consumption and has emerged from a project supported by our former Sustainable Development at Universities Programme.

Link to the article

Publication radar Jul 6, 2018
Number of publications per year that include

Publications addressing transdisciplinarity are steadily increasing


Every year, td-net observes the publication activities in the field of inter- and transdisciplinarity. With "transdisciplinar*" and "interdisciplinar*" as search words, we perform a topic search (within: title, abstract, author keywords, Keywords Plus®) in the Web of Science database and present the numbers of publications chronologically in a chart. In the recent years, the number of publications show an upward trend. Have a look at our publication radar to see the second chart, displaying the results for „interdisciplinarity“.

Methods May 16, 2018

NEW in the td-net Toolbox: Outcome Spaces Framework


The outcome spaces framework provides a structure to reflect on, and classify participants’ preferred outcomes in a transdisciplinary project in a differentiated way. Three key realms of transdisciplinary outcome spaces are distinguished – situation, knowledge and learning – elaborated as (1) an improvement within the situation or field of inquiry, (2) the generation of relevant stocks and flows of knowledge, including scholarly knowledge and other societal knowledge forms (3) mutual and transformational learning by researchers and research participants to increase the likelihood of persistent change. The method has been provided by Cynthia Mitchell & Dena Fam.

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Konferenz Mar 27, 2018

Der Sustainable University Day als Startschuss für Nachhaltigkeitsprojekte


Am Sustainable University Day haben letzten Donnerstag 150 Teilnehmende und Gäste an der pädagogischen Hochschule Freiburg die Weichen für mehr Nachhaltigkeit gestellt. Verschiedene Projekt-Ideen zur Stärkung der Initiativen für eine Nachhaltige Entwicklung an den Hochschulen wurden ausgearbeitet und diskutiert. Vertreter aus diversen Bereichen, von Studierenden über Hochschulleitungen und Nonprofit-Organisationen bis zur Politik, aus der Schweiz und Europa haben an der Tagung teilgenommen und intensiv daran gearbeitet, Nachhaltigkeit an den Hochschulen zu stärken.

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EVENTS Mar 13, 2018

Td-net Toolbx Series


USYS tdLab and td-net are jointly initiating the „td-net toolbox series“, which will consist of sporadic meetings and events in relation with the td-net toolbox for co-producing knowledge.

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Vortrag Mar 9, 2018

Science at Noon mit Gabriele Bammer


Am Mittwoch Mittag, 14.3 - besucht uns Prof. Gabriele Bammer vom Centre for Epidemiology an Population Health der Australian National University. Als Gast vom td-net wird Sie uns die neue Disziplin «Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S)» vorstellen. Dieser neue Ansatz zeigt neue Wege auf, wie man systematisch Konzepte und Methoden aus den Bereichen Systems Thinking, Inter- und Transdisziplinarität, Implementation Science, Team Science, Complexity Science u.a kombinieren kann, um komplexe Probleme wirksamer bearbeiten zu können.

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Conference Feb 20, 2018

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018


The next edition of the Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day has been fixed! It will take place on 15 November 2018 at the EPFL in Lausanne and will explore the relationship between digital world and inter- and transdisciplinarity. SAVE THE DATE!

Konferenz Jan 12, 2018

Sustainable University Day 2018


Welche Kompetenzen sind für studentisches Engagement grundlegend? Wie können diese vermittelt werden? Weshalb sind sie auch in der späteren Berufspraxis relevant? Diese Fragen stehen am Sustainable University Day 2018, der Jahrestagung des Förderprogramms U Change, im Zentrum. Der Anlass findet am 22. März 2018 an der Pädagogischen Hochschule Freiburg statt.

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KITE Award Oct 7, 2020

TdLab wurde mit KITE Award ausgezeichnet

Der KITE Award (Award for Key Innovation in Teaching at ETH) 2020 geht an das Team um Christian Pohl für den Kurs "Umweltproblemlösen". Bachelor-Studierende am Departement Umweltsystemwissenschaften erlernen damit schon im ersten Jahr den Umgang mit komplexen Nachhaltigkeitsproblemen. 

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