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11 déc. 2018

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019 – Save the date!

The International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019 will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 10 to 13 September 2019. Save the date! The ITD 2019 is co-organised by the Network for Transdisciplinary Research td-net together with the University of Gothenburg School of Global Studies and Mistra Urban Futures. The call for contributions will be published soon on

30 nov. 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

23 nov. 2018

U Change: nouvel appel à projets!

Le quatrième appel à projets U Change à été publié. Les étudiant-e-s de toutes les hautes écoles suisses peuvent soumettre une proposition de projet en faveur du développement durable jusqu’au 28 février 2019. Profil recherché: étudiant-e-s aux idées innovantes!

En savoir plus

31 oct. 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.

9 oct. 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.

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

Publication 11 sept. 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 21 août 2018

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018 – Deadline extension

The Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018, which will take place on 15 November 2018 at the EPFL in Lausanne, will offer the participants a platform to critically reflect what digitalisation means for inter- and transdisciplinary research, teaching and learning. A call is currently inviting contributions in the form of posters and speed-talks and the submission deadline has been extended until 31 August 2018. Please send your abstract to lydia.notexisting@nodomain.commoreno@scnat.notexisting@nodomain.comch.

Registrations are open as well and further information is available on

Conference 17 août 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 10 juil. 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 6 juil. 2018

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 charts. 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“.

Méthodes 16 mai 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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Programme d'encouragement 8 mai 2018

U Change: next call coming soon

The funding program U Change supports student projects and student project incubators for sustainable development. Under the last call for proposals, 9 promising projects have been approved for funding. The next call is in preparation. It will be published on 25 May 2018 and all information will be available (in german and french) on the programme website:

Conférence 27 mars 2018

Le Sustainable University Day comme levier pour plus de développement durable dans les hautes écoles

Ce jeudi 22 mars, la Haute Ecole pédagogique de Fribourg a accueilli près de 150 personnes à l'occasion du Sustainable University Day 2018. Des idées de projet visant à renforcer la thématique du développement durable dans les hautes écoles et à encourager l’engagement étudiant ont été façonnées et discutées. Les participant-e-s venant de domaines différents, étudiant-e-s ou politicien-ne-s, ONG ou rectorats ont tous travaillé intensivement à renforcer les initiatives en faveur du développement durable au sein des hautes écoles.

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EVENTS 13 mars 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.

More information

Vortrag 9 mars 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.

Mehr über Science at Noon

Conférence 20 févr. 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!

Conférence 12 janv. 2018

Sustainable University Day 2018

Quelles sont les compétences nécessaires à un engagement étudiant ? Comment transmettre ces compétences ? Quel rôle ces dernières peuvent-elles ensuite jouer dans la vie professionnelle ? Ces problématiques seront au cœur du « Sustainable University Day 2018 » du programme « U Change ». La rencontre aura lieu aura lieu le 22 mars 2018 à la Haute Ecole pédagogique de Fribourg.

Télécharger le flyer

Programme d'encouragement 8 nov. 2017

U Change: le deuxième appel à projets est lancé!

Financer des projets étudiants en faveur du développement durable et des plateformes soutenant de tels projets est au coeur de U Change. Ce programme s’adresse aux écoles polytechniques fédérales, aux hautes écoles pédagogiques aux hautes écoles spécialisées ainsi qu’aux universités et vise à faciliter la réalisation de projets indépendants. Il complète l’éducation académique en permettant aux étudiant-e-s de développer et concrétiser leurs idées, leurs modèles d’entreprise et diverses activités menées en collaboration avec d'autres étudiant-e-s, l'industrie, les autorités ou des ONG.

Délai pour soumettre un projet: 28 février 2018

Plus d'informations

Vortrag 31 oct. 2017

Science at Noon mit td-net

Mit der Initiative Science at Noon lädt das Haus der Stiftungen Vetreterinnen und Mitarbeiter von wissenschaftlichen Organisationen ein, ihre Projekte am Mittagstisch zu präsentieren. Nächsten Dienstag, 7. November 2017, wird es über transdisziplinäre Forschung mit Jakob Zinsstag, Präsident des td-net, und Theres Paulsen, Geschäftsführerin des td-net, diskutiert.
Science at Noon findet jeweils von 12.15 bis 13.00 Uhr in der Cantina dell'Accademia (Haus der Stiftungen, Bern) statt und ist für alle Interessierten offen.

Aktuelles Programm

Conférence 15 sept. 2017

International Transdisciplinartiy Conference 2017

The International Transdisciplinarity Conference in 2017 is co-organised by Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and the Network for Transdisciplinary Research of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. It is taking place on September 11-15, 2017 at Leuphana University Lüneburg.
The overall objective of the conference is to strengthen communities of transdisciplinary research and education, and to create visibility for theoretical, empirical and transformative advances/results.

Registration is now open, with early bird rates until 31 May 2017!

Conference 8 sept. 2017

The International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017 is about to begin!

This year's ITD Conference, starting next Monday, extends even further its boundaries through digital communication. In addition to the programme proposed in Lüneburg, four Co-conferences are beeing held in Chile, Mexico, Uruguay and New Zealand and will be virtually present at different moments of the Conference. Social media is also playing a role, since an exchange has already begun on Twitter with #ITD_2017. Furthemore, a live stream will make it possible to follow all plenary sessions online. We are looking forward to interacting with you in one form or another and have still last minute tickets availaible!

Register now

Publication 12 mai 2017

Td-net publie son rapport annuel 2016

Le nouveau rapport annuel (publié en allemand) donne comme chaque année un aperçu des activités de td-net. Ce document détaillé permet d'en apprendre davantage sur les projets, les offres de mise en réseau et les thématiques qui ont marqué l'année 2016 du Réseau pour la recherche transdisciplinaire.

Lire le rapport annuel 2016

Sondage 28 avr. 2017

Survey on inter- and transdisciplinary scientific collaborations in Switzerland

With an online survey, we want to learn more about the community of scientists doing inter- and transdisciplinary research in Switzerland, about their challenges, and about their needs
in terms of support and services. Researchers and lecturers at Swiss academic institutions that are known to conduct inter- and/or transdisciplinary research and teaching will be contacted by email. The responses to this survey are of great value to us, as it will help us gain a clearer picture of the Swiss community of inter- and transdisciplinary researchers and educators. This will enable us to improve our services and efforts to facilitate and foster inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations. The survey is conducted by td-net, with support from scientists of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern.

Publication 20 avr. 2017

Doing transdisciplinary research: lessons from the frontline - report

On 29 November 2016, Future Earth Ireland, supported by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), organised a workshop on the topic: Doing Transdisciplinary Research: Lessons from the Front Line. The aim of the event was to provide an update on the activities of Future Earth and to provide an opportunity for an exchange of views on the challenges and opportunities when one is embarking on transdisciplinary research. Td-net was represented among the speakers.
The report from the workshop as well as an accompanying infografic are now availabe to download on the RIA website.

Publication 10 avr. 2017

Programme Sustainable Development at Universities

Rapport final

Les universités suisses ont inscrit le thème du développement durable dans leurs priorités et le programme d’encouragement « Sustainable Development at Universities » a certainement joué un rôle à cet égard. Durant ces quatre dernières années, le programme de la Confédération, doté de quatre millions de francs, a soutenu 54 projets. Le rapport final, qui sera présenté vendredi à Bâle, à l’occasion du Sustainable University Day, dresse un bilan positif. Le programme suivant, dédié aux projets étudiants, a déjà publié son premier appel à projets.

Rapport (pdf)
Aperçu des projets soutenus
Nouveau programme « U Change »

Conférence 24 mars 2017

Sustainable University Day 2017

Les inscriptions sont encore ouvertes jusqu'au 30 mars!

Venez débattre avec nous le 7 avril 2017 au sujet du rôle des hautes écoles dans la mise en œuvre de l’Agenda 2030. Ce sera également l'occasion de réfléchir à de nouveaux projets et de fêter ensemble la conclusion du programme « sd-universities » ainsi que le lancement du nouveau programme d'encouragement « U Change – Initiatives étudiantes vers un développement durable ».

Inscrivez-vous maintenant !
Voir le programme
Voir les workshops

Programme d'encouragement 23 mars 2017

U Change, le nouveau programme d'encouragement

Le premier appel à projets est maintenant publié !
Délai de postulation: 31 juillet 2017

Financer des projets étudiants en faveur du développement durable et des plateformes soutenant de tels projets est au coeur du nouveau programme d’encouragement qui débute cette année.

Ce programme s’adresse aux écoles polytechniques fédérales, aux hautes écoles pédagogiques aux hautes écoles spécialisées ainsi qu’aux universités et vise à faciliter la réalisation de projets indépendants. Il complète l’éducation académique en permettant aux étudiant-e-s de développer et concrétiser leurs idées, leurs modèles d’entreprise et diverses activités menées en collaboration avec d'autres étudiant-e-s, l'industrie, les autorités ou des ONG.

Plus d'informations
Télécharger le flyer

Conférence 29 nov. 2016

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2016

Bringing together researchers' and funders' perspectives

Jointly organised by the University of Lucerne and td-net, the Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2016 attracted no less than 70 participants. Throughout the Conference, which took place at the University of Lucerne on 7 November 2016, researchers and representatives of funding agencies shared their experiences and described their approaches and challenges of inter- and transdisciplinary research projects, especially in their framing phase. Examples were presented from projects funded by the Sustainable Development at Universities Programme and from an open call.

The presentations used during the Conference are now available on the event page.

Workshop 24 nov. 2016

Transdisciplinary research workshop

February 1, 2017, University of Bern

Together with biology17the annual Swiss conference on ecology, evolution, systematics and conservation, td-net organises a workshop which will present predominant definitions of transdisciplinarity, look at the conceptual challenges that come along with this approach to scientific research and introduce practical tools to tackle them.
To participate, please send a project description to davnah.notexisting@nodomain.compayne@ips.notexisting@nodomain.comunibe.notexisting@nodomain.comch until January 13, 2017.

For technical questions about your project or the workshop content, please contact gabriela.notexisting@nodomain.comwuelser@scnat.notexisting@nodomain.comch.

More information

Literatur 21 oct. 2016

NEU ERSCHIENEN: Publikationen zum Td-Award 2015

Im Artikel der Zeitschrift GAIA werden die Gewinnerprojekte des td-award 2015 vorgestellt.

Exemplary Transdisciplinary Projects – swiss-academies award for transdisciplinary research 2015
Zinsstag J, Perrig-Chiello P, Paulsen T, Truffer B 2016. . GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, V25, N3, pp 182-184.

Link zu den Artikeln

Literatur 7 oct. 2016

Eine Tour d'Horizon mit Literatur zu Transdisziplinarität aus dem Jahr 2015

Wir haben Expertinnen und Experten zu Inter- und Transdiziplinarität nach den wichtigsten Publikationen im Bereich inter - und transdisziplinärer Forschung, Lehre und Praxis des Jahres 2015 gefragt. Lesen Sie die kommentierten Vorschläge in der neuen Jahresliste «Tour d'Horizon 2015».

Tour d’Horizon of Literature 2015 (pdf)
Hier finden Sie alle Literaturlisten seit 2005

Save the date 30 juin 2016

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017
> 11.-15. September 2017, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg.

Die 2017 International Transdisciplinarity Conference wird vom td-net in Zusammenarbeit mit der Leuphana Universiät Lüneburg organisiert.

Ressourcen 11 mai 2016

Future Earth Webinar

Im Rahmen des Future Earth Webinars "Best practices on transdisciplinary and co-designed research" präsentierte td-net eine kurze Einführung in die transdisziplinäre Forschung.

Das Webinar und die Präsentation sind hier verfügbar (in Englisch)

Konferenz 3 févr. 2016

Sustainable University Day 2016

Programmdetails nun online

Die dritte Jahrestagung des sd-universities Programms organisieren wir zusammen mit der Universität Lausanne. Sie findet am 21. April 2016 statt. Die Details zu den sechs parallelen Workshops sowie zum Tagesprogramm sind nun online verfügbar.

Mehr Informationen (in Englisch)

Bibliographie 10 sept. 2015

Eine Tour d'Horizon mit Literatur
zu Transdisziplinarität aus dem Jahr 2014

Wir haben Expertinnen und Experten zu Inter- und Transdiziplinarität nach den wichtigsten Publikationen im Bereich inter - und transdisziplinärer Forschung, Lehre und Praxis des Jahres 2014 gefragt. Lesen Sie die kommentierten Vorschläge in der neuen Jahresliste «Tour d'Horizon 2014».

Tour d’Horizon of Literature 2014 (pdf)

Hier finden Sie alle Literaturlisten seit 2005.

td-award 9 sept. 2015

«swiss-academies award for transdisciplinary research 2015»

Das Projekt ‹Green Density› der EPFL gewinnt den hoch dotierten Wissenschaftspreis von 50'000 Franken. Zudem werden zwei Nachwuchsforschende der Universität Genf bzw. der Eawag für ihre disziplinenübergreifenden Arbeiten mit je 10'000 Franken ausgezeichnet. Für sein beispielhaftes Engagement für Inter- und Transdisziplinarität in den Wissenschaften wird Prof. Marcel Tanner gewürdigt, ehemaliger Direktor des Schweizerischen Tropen- und Public Health-Instituts.

9. September um 11h45 in Basel, Congress Center Basel, Raum: «San Francisco»
Eingebettet in die «International Transdisciplinarity Conference».

Das Grusswort spricht Dr. Guy Morin, Regierungspräsident von Basel. (Veranstaltung auf Englisch)

Programm (pdf)
Pressemitteilung (deutsch | français | english)
weitere Informationen und Bilder

Konferenz 5 août 2015
ITD 2015

International Transdisciplinarity Conference – ITD 2015

Detailprogramm online

Programm und Informationen (in Englisch)


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