International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019


10-13 September 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden


Call for contributions (PDF)
Abstract template (Word)

We invite contributions from all fields and research cultures. We particularly welcome submissions from practitioners and from transdisciplinary teams. Please indicate how your submission aligns with the following streams, questions and formats. Choose one primary stream and indicate one or more key questions relevant to your contribution. Please feel free to add additional questions that contribute to the streams.

Important dates:
Abstract submission: closed, deadline was 31 March 2019
Notice of acceptance: mid-May 2019

Societal transformation
  • What experiences in initiating and fostering transformation processes do we have and what can we learn from them?
  • How can different theories of change contribute to sustainable transformations?
  • What forms of organising are needed for our institutions, agencies, companies and universities to handle the necessary transformations, with particular reference to collaboration between different types of stakeholders?
  • What skills and competences are needed by civil servants, researchers and students to co-design and lead processes that target sustainable outcomes?
Methodological innovation
  • What does individual and organisational learning in change processes – working on, challenging and transgressing borders – look like?
  • How can universities promote collaborative learning?
  • How can different types of transdisciplinary pedagogies, research methods and processes of co-production be developed to more effectively contribute to societal transformations?
Theoretical development
  • How can we imagine and conceptualise a sustainable and inclusive knowledge economy?
  • What are the core challenges in transdisciplinary research regarding ontological and epistemological issues – what worldviews and paradigms are challenged and what kind of knowledge is included and produced?
  • How does TD research engage with systems thinking, scenario planning, design thinking and other holistic theories and practices?

Sessions will be 90 minutes long. To propose a session, provide a title and a short description of the content and the session design (maximum 1200 words, see abstract template below). Sessions can be organised in a variety of formats: with presentations, panel discussions, as impulse talks or discussion formats. We encourage to integrate contributors from different backgrounds and to consider innovative formats

Presentations will be 15 minutes long. Presentations will occur in the sessions of 90 minutes. Each session will group three to four presentations with 5–10 minutes for discussion. Provide a title and an abstract (maximum of 600 words, see abstract template below). We encourage presentations from both practitioners and scientists, individually or jointly.

Poster or installation
Posters and installations will be on exhibit during the entire course of the ITD 2019 and presented in “speed talks”. Provide a title and an abstract (maximum of 600 words, see abstract template below). For installations, please contact the conference office to check the feasibility.

Activities of joint thinking and acting can form the basis of workshops of 90 or 180 minutes. The format is entirely open. The only limitation is that workshops should not exceed 30 minutes of presentation, and the participants should have an active role. To propose a workshop, provide a title and an outline of the content and the workshop design (maximum 1200 words, see abstract template below). Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to collaborate with us in developing workshops. 

Training workshop
If you want to offer a training workshop, propose either a 90-minutes or a 180-minutes workshop on a particular method, tool, approach or topic. Training workshops will be held Tuesday the 10th of September, 2019. To propose a training workshop, provide a title, learning goals and an outline of the content and the workshop design (maximum 1200 words, see abstract template below). Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to collaborate with us in developing training workshops.

Network event
For establishing and consolidating existing and new networks on transdisciplinarity. Please contact the ITD 2019 office directly.

Open Stage
During the conference there will be opportunities to open the stage for interventions, performances, presentations, and exhibitions that go beyond the spoken word. Such contributions may need special locations for exhibitions and performances, please contact the ITD 2019 office concerning requirements for these activities.
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Corresponding Author, Institution, Country, Contributor #2, Institution, Country, Contributor #N, Institution, Country

List three to five keywords.

Plain text only (for technical reasons, tables and figures cannot be included). Avoid using jargon and acronyms. Consider including the following information in the abstract, when relevant:
scientific and societal problem and goals, research process and methods (with focus on co-production), summary of findings, ways towards impact

Additionally, for sessions, workshops and training workshops: description of the session/workshop design

Additionally, for training workshops: learning goal(s)

1–3 key readings (optional)
Co-organised with:

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