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.


7 September 2022


9h45 - 16h30 with subsequent apero


Campus Rapperswil-Jona, Oberseestrasse 10, 8640 Rapperswil




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Participants from the Swiss ITD community are invited to present their own work on a poster in order to have a common basis for discussion while networking. Download Poster Template

Programme Status 11.08.22

09h45 - 11h15 Plenum

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


Presentations by:

Dr. Laetitia Philippe, 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 Future 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 can take part in one workshop of their choice in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Topic 1 - Food System Sustainability

In this workshop, a methodology for participatory assessment of food sustainability and identification of leverage points will be presented and jointly applied to a specific case study. This creates a picture of the future that shows various dimensions of the sustainable production.

Topic 2 - Serious Game

This workshop will present a shortened version of the serious game on the topic of urban transformations.

Topic 3 - Images of the future and scenarios

This workshop will use a practical example to show how visual tools have been used and what insights have been gained from combining two complementary participatory approaches.

Topic 4 - Images of the future and three types of knowledge

In the workshop, the "Three types of knowledge tool" will be used to explore the often implicit goals of transdisciplinary projects and to make these goals and any knowledge needs explicit.


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?


Here you can download the templates:


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

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House of Academies

Laupenstrasse 7

P.O. Box

3001 Bern


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Poster Template