Network for Transdisciplinary Research

Our contribution to address complex societal challenges: We link scientific communities, support transdisciplinary careers and promote the development of competencies and methods.

Information on the conference:

  • Conference Report (DE/FR) [PDF] - coming soon
  • Poster collection [PDF]
  • Workshop descriptions (DE/FR) [PDF]



09h45 - 11h15 Plenum

Welcome: Christoph Küffer (OST, td-net) and Theres Paulsen (td-net)


Presentations by:

Dr. Jean-Luc Barras, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Mirko Winkel, artist and coordinator of mLAB, Institute of Geography, University of Bern talk about the role of transdisciplinarity for Futures Literacy - a core competence of the 21st century (UNESCO). One perspective each from research funding and science.


11h30h - 12h15 | 13h15 - 14h Experience methods (interactive parallel workshops)

Participants could take part in one workshop of their choice in the morning and one in the afternoon.


14h15 - 15h15 Networking (discussion rounds) based on digital posters.

Participants will be invited to present their current ITD research as well as reflections on how they deal with goal knowledge, future images and other normative aspects of envisioning the future in a digital poster (no selection process). A template will be provided. All participants will receive access to the virtual poster gallery before the conference. The posters will be available digitally to working groups at the conference as a basis for discussion of the following guiding questions:

  • What role do future images play in the TD research environment?
  • Which TD methods are already being used in dealing with future images?
  • How do we want to expand our competences on future images?

15h30 - 16h30 Plenary session

Moderated final discussion of the different approaches and the potential of mutual learning based on key questions and involving a new generation of young researchers.


Afterwards: Apéro and social get together

Context to the conference

Newsletter td-info

House of Academies

Laupenstrasse 7

P.O. Box

3001 Bern


Contact directly our team