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.



Förderaufruf „Nachhaltige und klimafreundliche Gebäudebestandserneuerung und effiziente und suffiziente Flächennutzung in bestehenden Stadtquartieren und Siedlungsbereichen“



Ziel des Förderaufrufs ist es, Vorhaben zu fördern, die das Potential Sozialer Innovationen für eine nachhaltige und klimafreundliche Bestandserneuerung von Wohngebäuden, Umnutzungen von Nichtwohngebäuden sowie eine effiziente und suffiziente Flächennutzung in bestehenden Stadtquartieren und Siedlungsbereichen in Transformationsclustern erforschen und erschließen.

Städtische Siedlungsgebiete sind die Hauptemittenten von Treibhausgas- und anderen umwelt- und gesundheitsschädlichen Emissionen sowie für einen erheblichen Teil der Flächenversiegelung, gerade auch im Stadtumland ursächlich. Der Gebäudesektor ist dabei einer der entscheidenden Treiber dieser Entwicklung.

Die Bundesregierung hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, bis 2030 die CO2-Emissionen im Gebäudesektor um weitere 40 Prozent zu reduzieren und die Flächeninanspruchnahme auf unter 30 ha pro Tag neuversiegelte Fläche zu begrenzen.

Die gesetzten Klimaschutz- und Nachhaltigkeitsziele sind nur erreichbar, wenn es gelingt, den Gebäudebestand möglichst zügig und unter Nutzung kreislauffähiger Materialen nachhaltig und klimafreundlich zu sanieren sowie durch eine effiziente und suffiziente Nutzung bestehender Gebäude weitere Flächenversiegelung zu minimieren.

Dieser Umbau muss finanzierbar und sozialverträglich sein. Es bedarf Konzepte, die Lösungen für die nachhaltige Erneuerung des Gebäudebestands und Nutzung von Flächen mit Lösungen für die in vielen Städten existierende Wohnungsknappheit und hohen Wohnkosten verbinden und die dazu beitragen, die Lebensqualität in Städten und Stadtquartieren zu verbessern.

In den Transformationsclustern soll erforscht und erprobt werden, inwiefern Soziale Innovationen hier neue Möglichkeiten eröffnen und wirksam transformative Potentiale entfalten können. Gefordert sind Forschungsdesigns, die Fragen nachhaltiger und klimafreundlicher Bestandserneuerung, Umnutzungen und reduzierten Flächenverbrauchs mit Lösungen für soziale Anliegen wie Bezahlbarkeit, Teilhabe, Durchmischung und Zusammenhalt im Quartier verknüpfen und sozial-innovative Lösungsansätze die helfen, Ziel- und Transformationskonflikte zu bewältigen.


Deadline: 23. Februar 2024


Call for papers: Woodland Resurgence and Sustainability in Mountains—Patterns, Drivers, and Social-Ecological Consequences

Mountain Research and Development


What drives the resurgence of woodlands in mountain areas, and under what conditions can it best benefit local communities and ecosystems? Mountain Research and Development invites systematic assessments of innovative interventions or action research, empirical studies and meta-analyses on trends, drivers, and consequences of woodland resurgence, as well as review-based agendas for future research, policies, or action.


Deadline (Notes of intent): 8 January 2024
Deadline (full papers): 15 April 2024


Call for Abstracts: Developing Co-Laborative Methods for Digital Transformations

EASST-4S 2024 Conference, Amsterdam, - Dennis Eckhardt, Libuše Hannah Vepřek


With digital technologies changing various dimensions of everyday life, from healthcare and dwelling to communication and governance, computer scientists, programmers, IT-scholars, engineers, and cryptographers are playing a key role in shaping these very transformations and, thus, the worlds we inhabit. They do so by, for example, developing AI-based solutions for enterprises and “smart” households, digitalizing administrative processes in hospitals or creating solutions to mitigate the risks introduced by digital technologies as in the example of cyber security. For STS scholars to engage in making and doing digital transformations in sensitive and critical ways, we must co-laborate with those currently at the forefront of change.


Drawing on Jörg Niewöhner and colleagues’ notion of co-laboration which describes cross-disciplinary approaches focusing on joint epistemic work with the goal of deepening reflexivity (Niewöhner 2016; 2019; Bieler et al. 2021), this panel explores concepts and experiences in working together with scientists and practitioners shaping the “technosphere” (Ihde 1975) of everyday life. Instead of focusing on critique and working in asynchronous cycles of development, we concentrate on approaches that aim to jointly shape transformations with integrated methods: We aim to discuss ongoing co-laborative methodological engagements between STS scholars and computer scientists, engineers and cryptographers that leverage both STS sensibilities, reflexivity, and criticism, as well as practice- and solution-oriented approaches. This panel invites discussions on questions like how we can emphasize and further develop mutual learning processes, how STS can go beyond mere critique of the Wissenschaften and what can we learn from computer science methods to actively engage in and make digital transformations co-laboratively.


We are welcoming both traditional paper presentations and experimental contributions reflecting on experiences in co-developing digital transformation in interdisciplinary fields and discussing new approaches and co-laborative methods such as new modes of writing together, participatory modeling, critical hacking, or cryptographic fieldnoting.


Deadline for Abstracts: 12 February 2024


Call for Abstracts: Call for Abstracts The material transition in architecture and construction.



Research interests: This TATuP Special topic is intended to contribute to interdisciplinary, problem- oriented research on the shift toward bio- and earth-based building materials considering the related socio-technical, economic, political, ecological, and regulatory adaptation and adoption processes. It aims to examine the research and use of sustainable building materials from an integrative perspective, emphasizing the associated visions of the future, implementation opportunities and obstacles, conditions of use and acceptability, as well as the requirements of integration into the planning phases in architecture and construction. Pointed international perspectives referring to the local built heritage are also welcome.


Background: There is no doubt that architecture and the construction industry need a radical material transition. While all efforts in the building sector have for years been directed toward reducing CO2 emissions in building operations, it has been neglected that conventional building materials such as cement, steel, and aluminum are among the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. In addition, recycling is often difficult and in the case of cement, the central element of concrete and by far the most widely used building material worldwide, even largely impossible. The United Nations’ Environmental Program is now calling for three urgent pathways in its latest report “Building Materials and the Climate” (UNEP 2023) in order to decarbonize. These are (1) avoiding further raw materials extraction by galvanizing a circular economy, (2) shifting to regenerative material practices wherever possible by using ethically-produced earth- and bio-based building materials such as sustainably sourced timber, bamboo, or clay, and (3) innovative methods for a radical decarbonization of industrial building materials where they cannot be avoided. The material transformation toward climate-neutral building materials is to be achieved by 2060


Deadline for Abstract Submission: 29 January 2023


Call for Papers: Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies

Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies


Although interdisciplinarity—and its cognate “transdisciplinarity”—is a hallmark of contemporary knowledge production, it is itself still a contentious concept. What does interdisciplinarity entail, and what is its significance? How are interdisciplinarity and/or  transdisciplinarity distinct from other modes of knowledge production? What purposes does, could, or should interdisciplinarity serve?  

This special collection of articles will advance both a philosophy of interdisciplinary studies and a philosophy of interdisciplinarity itself. An assumption of the guest editors is that inter- and trans-disciplinarity can and should also be regarded as a challenge to (disciplinary) science in general and to the academy, raising fundamental and critical questions about science, the organization of the universities, the approaches to nature and to human-nature relations, to experimentation and explanations, forms of knowledge, and more. Acknowledging that interdisciplinary research often consists of case studies rather than more generalizable research, we also welcome articles that build a philosophical approach while integrating more detailed analysis of one or more cases of interdisciplinary research.  


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Responses to “What is inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity” and to “What should inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity be,” or equivalent global questions, critically building upon existing literatures 
  • Development of criteria, dimensions or elements for a conceptual clarification or a philosophy of inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity, including a justification of the criteria 
  • Articulations of ethics, value systems or normative basis in light of interdisciplinary research or teaching 
  • Tracing the history of inter- and trans-disciplinarity back to the 1970s or to earlier decades and linking it to the history of environmentalism, to the ambivalences of technological advancement, to the crisis of human-nature relations or to feminist, post-colonial and other critiques of science 
  • Reflecting on inter- and trans-disciplinarity as a cultural critique of (late modern) knowledge production. Are they still critical concepts or have they lost their critical momentum and original spirit? 
  • Situating and clarifying inter- and trans-disciplinarity in the light of concepts such as mode-2 science, post-normal science, post-paradigmatic science, post-academic science, technoscience, problem-oriented research, post-disciplinarity, triple helix research, transformative research, transition science, participatory action research, citizen science, technology assessment, sustainability research, social-ecology, etc. 
  • Expositions of how interdisciplinary thinking fits into the cultural history of thought and knowledge, and the tradition of the university system 
  • Conceptual and methodological analysis of cross-disciplinary connections between philosophy of interdisciplinary studies and other fields of research, such as sociology of sciences, philosophy of science, psychology, literature, environmental studies, political science, etc. 
  • Exploration of the impact of more recent philosophical debates around e.g. diversity, pluralism, epistemic virtues, positionality on interdisciplinarity. 


Deadline for Abstract-Submission: 15. January 2024

Deadline for Submission: 30.June 2024


Call for Exihibitors, Partners & Sponsors - 5th BaselEduCa Expo

Insitute for peace and dialogue


BaselEduCa Expo is a vital and unique event place to bring together various Providers, Investors, Suppliers, Candidates, Buyers and Experts via Face to Face meeting method to closely introduce Exhibitors as well actual products, programs, activities, advertisements and services in Education, Research, Employment and Career field. Held annually, BaselEduCa 2024 event provides its visitors and guests worldwide scholarships, fellowships, language courses, summer camps, trainings, study trips, job opportunities, degree and non-degree programs, internships, exchange programs as well gifts/souvenirs, networking & fruitful partnership opportunities. As we know international exhibitions plays essential role as a best working platform and strategic factor in the marketing, communications, public relations, investor relations, fundraising, sponsorship, networking and recruitment strategy of any company and organizations which there haven’t any alternative similar ways to meet the potential partners, suppliers and customers face to face for negotiation the mutual opportunities, proposals and achieving successful business in both international and local markets.


Your Possible Participation Types

- as Exhibitor during 2 Expo Dates to promote upcoming application/registration deadlines for all kind of Education, Research & Career opportunities (Degree or non-degree programs, job positions, language courses, child education, internship, volunteership, fellowship, traineeship, apprenticeship, research programs, summer or winter camps, training courses, scholarship programs, gap programs, educational equipment & materials, educational/career publishing materials, stationary materials suppliers and etc.)

- as Presenter - Companies/Institutions has option to present and introduce Products, Programs or Services to audience within 30 - 50 minute period

- as Sponsor - Any State, Private or Public Institutions welcome to support BaselEduCa Expo as Diamond, Gold, Platinum or Silver Sponsor

- Advertisement - Half or Whole page Advertisement options available in BaselEduCa Expo Catalogue


Early Bird Application: 5 February, 2024
Final Application Deadline: 25 March, 2024

Date: 19 April, 2024


Call for Papers: The PASC24 Conference

Platfrom for Advanced Scientific Computing


The goal of the PASC Conference Papers Program is to advance the quality of scientific communication between the various disciplines of computational science and engineering in the context of HPC. The program was built from an observation that the computer science community traditionally publishes in the proceedings of major international conferences, while domain science communities publish primarily in disciplinary journals – and neither of which is read regularly by the other. The PASC Conference provides a unique venue that enables interdisciplinary exchange in a manner that bridges the two scientific publishing cultures.

The technical program of PASC24 is organized around the following scientific domains:

  • Chemistry and Materials (incl. ceramics, metals, and polymers)
  • Climate, Weather, and Earth Sciences (incl. solid earth dynamics)
  • Applied Social Sciences and Humanities (incl. behavioral, economic, legal, political and business sciences, philosophy, languages, the arts, ethics in computing including climate impact of HPC, biases in machine learning, etc.)
  • Engineering (incl. CFD, computational mechanics, computational engineering and materials, turbulent flow)
  • Life Sciences (incl. biophysics, genomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, neuroscience, and computational biology)
  • Physics (incl. astrophysics, cosmology, plasma modelling, and quantum information sciences)
  • Computational Methods and Applied Mathematics

PASC24 solicits high-quality contributions of original research related to scientific computing in all of these domains. Proposals that emphasize the theme of PASC24 – “Synthesizing Applications Through Learning and Computing” – are particularly welcome.


Application Deadline: 01 December 2023

Spring 2024

Practice-based research of interdisciplinary higher education

University of Edinburgh


Practice-based Research of Interdisciplinary Higher Education is a collection that aims at building a community and building capacity around the study of interdisciplinary teaching and learning at universities and colleges around the world. The higher-education landscape is changing toward increasingly societally engaged models that re-position disciplinary silos. This change generates questions about ‘what works’ in interdisciplinary higher education and about the operationalization and implementation of the values behind this educational change. Research of interdisciplinary higher teaching and learning is currently being presented at conferences aimed specifically at exchange about practicalities and best practices, and the research also finds its way to conference proceedings in more general fields interested in the study of university and college education, liberal education, academic writing, team science, and so on. The literature about interdisciplinary higher education is currently scattered and research gaps are hard to identify, define, and defend.


So, there is a need for improving publication possibilities for practice-based projects using interdisciplinary teaching and learning as input for research and, vice versa, using research to improve interdisciplinary teaching and learning. This collection responds to this niche interest whilst explicitly striving toward maintaining the plurality of research approaches responding to the challenges of interdisciplinary higher education. Topics that will be considered include:


  • Conceptual Approaches of Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinary Higher Education
  • Integrative Teaching and Learning in Theory and Practice
  • Differences and Commonalities between Interdisciplinary Higher Education and Challenge-Based Learning, Community-Engaged Learning, Practice-Based Learning, etc.
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning and the Inner Development Goals
  • Recognition and Reward of Interdisciplinarians at Universities and Colleges
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning as Transformational Process
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Interdisciplinary Higher Education
  • Co-creating Interdisciplinary Higher Education with Students
  • Educational Tools for On-site, Hybrid, and Online Interdisciplinary Higher Education
  • Assessment of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
  • Teacher Competences for Interdisciplinary Teaching
  • Governance of Interdisciplinary Programmes at Universities and Colleges


Submission Deadline for Abstracts: 01 December 2023

Submission Deadline for full submission: Spring 2024


Call for papers for MRD’s MountainDevelopment and MountainAgenda sections



Mountain Research and Development (MRD) invites submissions focusing on transformation knowledge and target knowledge. How can we solve problems and tap opportunities for greater sustainability? Articles in the MountainDevelopment section should offer validated insights from development interventions, local practices, and policy efforts. And: What sustainable development do we want? Articles in the MountainAgenda section should systematically review—and conclude with agendas for—research, development, or policy. Submissions are welcome anytime.

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