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.



Strategic Japanese - Swiss Science and Technology Programme



The SNSF and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are launching a joint call for proposals on the topic of "Designing Future Societies". The call is based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the World Expo 2025 in Osaka and is open to projects from all disciplines.


Deadline: 30 June 2022


Green Talents - International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development



The program "Green Talents - International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development" is looking for young researchers with innovative ideas and projects for the further implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Are you working on innovative solutions for a more sustainable future? As a promising young researcher, you want to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals? And you have always wanted to get to know Germany as a sustainability location? We challenge you to convince our high-ranking expert jury and become one of the 25 Green Talents of 2022! Share your innovative ideas with a strong focus on sustainable development and lay the foundation for long-lasting collaborations with German research institutions and international researchers. Make your contributions count!


Deadline: 24 May 2022


Call for Solution Initiatives

Sustainable Development Solution Network


SDSN Switzerland is a network that promotes collaboration among its members and partners to develop transformative solutions for a sustainable future. The network and its partners: (1) enable and support project activities leading to transformation, (2) strengthen and build the capacity of members and partners, and (3) increase the visibility of the network and the SDGs. Overall objective is to develop relevant and pioneering solutions to achieve the SDGs.


Deadline: 14 June 2022


Call for Paper or Poster: OR64: OR FOR A BETTER WORLD TOGETHER

Operational Research


The conference nicknamed OR64 will be held face-to-face at the University of Warwick (UK) on 13-15 September 2022. It brings together hundreds of academic and professional operational researchers and other analysts to present the latest developments and showcase real-world applications.

For presentations in the stream, the widest possible diversity of practitioners and academics is welcome.


The submission of abstracts discussing is encouraged:

  • Applications to (and across) organizational, social and environmental issues; 
  • Theoretical and methodological innovations;
  • Thoughts on the diversity, impacts and ethics of systemic OR practice; and
  • Reflections on the past, present and future of systems thinking in OR.


Indeed, any insightful presentation of relevance to systems thinking and OR is very welcome. If you have any questions about the focus of your abstract and presentation, please write to (there is another email address further down this message if you have more general questions about the conference).


The organisators have also been asked to look out for people who can offer experiential workshops (e.g., giving practical experiences of using a systems approach) in the Impact stream. If you think your work would fit in this category, and can facilitate a workshop lasting between 1-3 hours, please let them know by email before uploading your abstract. You can write to Sadaf Salavati - - about interactive workshops.


Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2022





Die Postdoc.Mobility-Stipendien des SNF ermöglichen jungen WissenschaftlerInnen, einen Post-doc-Forschungsaufenthalt im Ausland zu absolvieren.


Deadline: 1. August 2022


BRIDGE Proof of Concept



Die neue Ausschreibung von BRIDGE Proof of Concept richtet sich an junge Forschende, die basierend auf ihren Forschungsresultaten Anwendungen oder Dienstleistungen entwickeln wollen.


Deadline: 13. Juni 2022


Doc.CH für 27 Doktorierende



Der Call ist offen für Forscherinnen und Forscher, die eine Dissertation zu einem selbstgewählten Thema im Bereich der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften in der Schweiz verfassen möchten. Der Förderbetrag dauert von 2-4 Jahren.


Deadline: 15. September 2022


Scholarship for 2022 Winter & 2023 Spring Programs


The new designed 3 Month Executive Diploma Program with the special Modules instruction and experienced trainers pool focus to give the participants work-field base valuable education, wide professional experience and as well fruitful network.

I Module Choice: Leadership, Human Resources Management, Coaching & Project Management

II Module Choice: Peacebuilding, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Mediation,  Conflicts Management, International Security & Law 

Program Starting Choice: 30 September, 2022 for Winter Program & 31 March, 2023 for Spring Program



Call for applications for non-thematic Fellowships

Institut d'études avancées de Paris (Paris IAS)


The Paris IAS is launching its call for applications for 10-months research stays during the academic year 2023-2024, for high-level international researchers in all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (SSH) and all research fields. Research projects in other sciences and in arts that propose a strong interaction and dialogue with the SSH are also eligible. IAS Fellows are selected for the interest and the innovative and interdisciplinary nature of their research project. Priority will be given to projects addressing societal challenges or offering innovative insights into the functioning of humans and societies. The Paris IAS also welcomes projects at the interface between SSH and the cognitive and neuro-sciences.


Deadline: 2 June 2022


Call for Contribution: SHAPING RESILIENT SOCIETIES: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Create a Responsive Society



An initiative of the Universities of Zurich and Geneva launches a co-creation process with citizen scientists. If you have project ideas for building more resilient societies against pandemics, climate change and biodiversity loss, you can propose, evaluate, and discuss projects.


Call for Papers: The Role of Education in the Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals - How Sustainability Education Influences Consumption and Production Systems and Contributes to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Discover Sustainability


The consumption and production systems impact economies, the environment, and societies significantly worldwide and in all sectors. Apart from the significant environmental degradation, the high levels of resource use and the waste and pollution associated with both production and consumption phases of the lifecycle, waste disposal and re-use of products and services are paralleled by inefficient, polluting, and ultimately costly phases of development. Impacts of consumption and production patterns reflect the ability of many economies and societies to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Based on the perceived need to drive markets in the direction of innovation and sustainability, The special issue “The role of Education and UN Sustainable Development Goals – How Sustainability Education influence consumption and production systems and contribute to achieving sustainable development goals” is proposed as part of the journal “Discover Sustainability”.


Deadline: 31 May 2022


Call - Participation at the Third World Congress of Transdisciplinarity

Researchers, academics, artists and students can participate in the following themes and activities through contributing with a lecture, round table, symposium, poster, or cultural, artistic, spiritual activities:

  • The foundations of transdisciplinarity
  • Avant-garde epistemologies
  • Transdisciplinary education
  • Relationship between the siences and transdisciplinarity
  • Transdisciplinarity: spirituality, religion
  • Transdisciplinarity in the face of challenges contemporaries
  • Transdisciplinarity and art
  • Transdisciplinary Practices/Actions


Deadline: 30 June 2022


Call: Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT)



The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has opened its eighth call for its Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT) programme. This programme supports clinical trials on underresearched topics that meet medical as well as social needs. In both their letter of intent (LOI) and their application, grant applicants must address how they actively involve or plan to involve patients and the public (PPI) in their research projects.


Deadline: 20 May 2022


Call for a research consortium on the co-evolution of society and the energy system



The Federal Office of Energy urges the social sciences and humanities to engage more actively in energy research.


Energy systems are socio-technical systems. They include various stakeholders who interact with each other and who evolve, just as technology does. Transitions to decarbonized energy systems should therefore be understood as co-evolutionary processes concerning both society and technology.


This calls for a much stronger involvement of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in energy research than so far. For this purpose, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE wants to create a transdisciplinary consortium on the co-evolution of society and the energy system in Switzerland. Over a period of ten years the consortium is to ensure that social, cultural, political, and technical factors are duly integrated in all stages of research projects funded by the SFOE. The core budget of the consortium is CHF 10 million, with a supplementary budget of CHF 2 million depending on availability.


Deadline: 16 June 2022


Special Issue "Promoting and Sustaining Urban Health: Challenges and Responses"



This Special Issue addresses global concerns about our habitat and our health in an urbanizing world of constant change. Cities and urban development are complex, dynamic and systemic phenomena, the positive and negative consequences of which are addressed in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The ways in which components of urban ecosystems influence health are a shared concern of researchers and practitioners in a variety of disciplines and professions within and beyond the health sciences and medical fields. Narrow cause/effect analyses that ignore multiple variables of urban environments are unlikely to achieve sustainable improvements for population health.

This Special Issue underscores that the interrelations between SDG 3 “Good Health and Well-being” and SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities” should be clearly identified and then synergies between them should be valued by collective action. The ongoing implementation of the SDG framework, in tandem with the New Urban Agenda, will require and benefit from transdisciplinary collaboration between researchers, professionals, politicians, and citizens that coproduce innovative urban research and project implementation about food, housing, transport and other topics in cities North and South of the Equator.

For this Special Issue, original research articles and innovative project results related to the ongoing implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and particularly the interconnections between SDG3 and SDG11, are welcome. 


Deadline: 1 December 2022


Special Issue "Creativity, Intelligence, and Collaboration in 21st Century Education: An Interdisciplinary Challenge"

Journal of Intelligence


Major challenges of the 21st century are characterised by their multifactorial and interdependent dimensions. The analysis, understanding and resolution of these complex problems requires a multiplicity of perspectives. Education plays a crucial role in our societies’ ability to meet this challenge of complexity. 


Schools and universities are still generally organised into relatively compartmentalised disciplines, which certainly contribute to providing learners with basic knowledge and specialised knowledge; however, they cannot solely train the researchers and citizens of today and tomorrow who are increasingly confronted with complex scientific and social issues. 


This new aspect in the educational field, a rebalancing between academic and psychosocial skills, raises a number of questions. This Special Issue aims to address all these issues and questions from an interdisciplinary perspective. Contributions anchored in this open list of different disciplines and multidisciplinary fields are welcome. 


Deadline: 31 July 2022


Call for experts from climate change related disciplines



The climate crisis is omnipresent and at the same time hardly tangible. Facts and recommendations are available - but for the necessary fundamental changes in awareness and behaviour, more and different approaches to the crisis and its real effects in the coming decades are needed. The present project initiates a new communication format. The team behind the performance-based symposium "THE FUTURE OF THE EARTH " is looking for researchers and practitioners from different climatic zones to contribute to a per- formative and transdisciplinary “pre-enactment” of climate scenarios in June 2022. This event is bringing together science and the performing arts.


Call for transdisciplinary research projects - Participate in the study on context dependencies!



The tdAcademy invites completed transdisciplinary research projects to participate in their study concerning the contextual dependencies of the projects and, if interested, to collaborate on a joint publication. This study is part of tdAcademy's Topic Line "Contextual Dependencies.


Call for papers: Digitalization for sustainable futures of mountain social-ecological systems

Mountain Research and Development


Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that systematically assess experiences of how digitalization supports transformative change in mountains or how ICT-related risks can be addressed. Analyses of how digitalization contributes to changes in mountain societies, how it affects spatial and socioeconomic interrelations within mountain regions or between mountains and lowlands, or how digital technologies help address gaps in knowledge about mountain societies and environments are equally welcome, as are reviews of existing knowledge, practices, or policies related to digitalization.


Deadline: 1 July 2022


Invitation to send contribution

Transdisciplinary Journal of Engineering & Science


For this special issue on "Social & Environmental Challenges for a Sustainable World" papers on global unstructured problems such as health (physical, mental, spiritual), disasters, poverty and hunger, water and food crises, environmental crises, climate change, sustainability, global economy, energy issues, problem of conscience, research on contemporary issues, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary educational program are welcome.


Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022



Young Academics Award 2022



Die Alpenkonvention organisiert eine neue Ausgabe des Young Academics Awards - des Preises zur Förderung junger und innovativer Forschung zu alpinen Themen.

Diese Ausgabe des Young Academics Awards fokussiert sich auf das Thema „Nachhaltiger Verkehr und Mobilität in den Alpen". Beiträge zu den folgenden damit verbundenen Unterthemen sind willkommen:

  • Güterverkehr in den Alpen;
  • Personenverkehr;
  • Individuelle nachhaltige Mobilität;
  • Tourismus.


Deadline: 30. Juni 2022

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