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16.08.22   |   i2Insights

Advancing considerations of affect in interdisciplinary collaborations

Appreciating the importance of feeling disconcerted in interdisciplinary research is described by Mareike Smolka, Erik Fisher and Alexandra Hausstein. Social scientists, who were engaged in collaborative studies with natural scientists and engineers, had repeatedly experiences of disconcertment. Whenever they recognized that their social science paradigm was confronted with a different approach to knowing the world, unsettling experiences of difference emerged, which were later analyzed as moments of disconcertment. Disconcertment is a response to different approaches to knowing the world and facilitates collaborative knowledge production. As such it will appear frequently in interdisciplinary research.

08.08.22   |   i2Insights

Ten dialogue methods for integrating judgments

Ten dialogue methods for integrating judgments are described by David McDonald, Gabriele Bammer and Peter Deane in an oldie-but-goodie. Grouped into A) Structured (or semi-structured) process for a cross-section of society with a stake in the outcome, covering 1) Future search conference, 2) Nominal group technique, 3) Soft systems methodology; B) Self-organised process for self-selected participants, covering 4) Open space technology; C) Expert consensus, covering 5) Consensus development panel, 6) Delphi technique; D) Informed citizen consensus, covering 7) Citizens’ jury, 8) Consensus conference; E) Alternative visions for the future, covering 9) Scenario planning; F) Story-based evaluation focused on valued outcomes, covering 10) Most significant change technique.

08.08.22   |   CTSC

New strategy modules available to help navigate common challenges when working with multidisciplinary teams

The CTSC of Cleveland is proud to announce the release of new Team Science Strategy Modules. 


Solving complex health problems requires bringing together individuals with different perspectives, and different backgrounds in order to create novel research approaches.  However, working in multidisciplinary teams brings with it a unique set of challenges to collaboration.


The Community and Collaboration component of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative at Case Western Reserve University has created a set of four modules to address some of the common challenges that arise within multidisciplinary research teams. Each module consists of a short video, practical tools for teams and links to helpful resources.


Topics include:  Building a Culture of Teamwork, How to Run Efficient and Effective Meetings, Communicating across Disciplines, and Managing Conflict. 

08.08.22   |   University of Central Florida

Survey on Interdisciplinary Team Learning

As you know, an important area for the team science community is how scientists learn from each other while working together. You can think of this is a kind of ‘on the job training’ where you are learning about concepts and methods from colleagues in other disciplines while you collaborate on some complex scientific problem. To help us understand how you think you learn from others, data is being collected from those engaged in research across disciplines. This survey should not take more than about 12 minutes of your time and it will further the research on teamwork.

08.08.22   |   Uni Bern

Digital tools for transdisciplinary and transformative research and learning

Transformative science in the digital space requires new knowledge, attitudes and skills. Co-creation, especially in a transdisciplinary environment, is not easily converted from physical meetings to an online format. Rather, it requires a conscious use of digital tools and a critical reflection about their influence on our interactions: how does the online environment influence communication? How can participation and inclusion be enabled, contributive fairness be fostered and trust be created in an online setting? A research team at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, developed guidelines based on experiences of researchers and lecturers at CDE during the COVID crisis, with a view to offering hands-on suggestions for online practice.


Sustainable travel stories - flying less


Das Projekt FlyingLess, in Zusammenarbeit mit vier Partnern und koordiniert vom ifeu-Institut, entwickelt Ansätze zur Reduktion der Flugemissionen im akademischen Bereich. A compilation of examples of academic activities related to the reduction of academic air travel  emissions, called sustainable travel stories, is given at the website. Also the Early Career Scientist Activities at the virtual ITD Conference 2021 are mentioned as a good example.

22.07.22   |   i2Insights

New contributions to i2Insights

i2Insights regularly publishes new contributions on its webpage. The blog started in 2015 and is ongoing with over 420 published blog posts so far.

22.07.22   |   a+

Neue Mehrjahresplanung 2025-2028 für den Akademienverbund

Breit abgestützt hat der Akademienverbund mit seinen sechs Einheiten, neun Forschungsinfrastrukturen, den rund 100 Kommissionen und 157 Fachgesellschaften die neue Mehrjahresplanung 2025–2028 verfasst. Die Vielfalt der zu bearbeitenden Objekte und Themen sowie das breite Spektrum der Disziplinen, Methoden, Erkenntnisziele und Wissensbestände konnten in sechs Schwerpunkten gebündelt werden. Inter- und transdisziplinär aufgestellt kann der Akademienverbund drängenden Probleme umfassend angehen und tragfähige, robuste Lösungen aufzeigen.


Dabei wurden die Alleinstellungsmerkmale des Akademienverbundes konsequent herausgearbeitet: die Verbindung zwischen Theorie und Praxis; Personen aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik, die sich im Milizsystem engagieren; bewegliche Scharniere zwischen verschiedenen Disziplinen sowie zwischen Grundlagenforschung und angewandter und orientierter Forschung.

22.07.22   |   OIS

OIS Center newsletter

Are you interested in the involvement of civil society in transdisciplinary research? Subscribe now to the OIS Center newsletter to receive (bi-monthly) updates on project calls, support offers and events for researchers to involve stakeholders in research.

20.07.22   |   i2Insights

Key requirements for interdisciplinary research

Key requirements for interdisciplinary research are described by Catherine Lyall in her revisited blog post. They include: 1) informal interactions, especially time & space for frequent sustained discussions with colleagues to see what shared interests might arise, 2) communal spaces & informal meeting points where accidental relationships can form & be nurtured, 3) enduring personal networks across a breadth of groups to spawn new ideas and 4) extra time to build & sustain relationships, learn new concepts, access new literature, fail, think ie slow science.

19.07.22   |   i2Insights

Improving collaboration success by using a collaboration agreement template

Improving collaboration success by using a collaboration agreement template is discussed by L. Michelle Bennett, Edgar Cardenas and Michael O’Rourke. The template provides guidance for discussing team management, team dynamics & team communication, plus a process for researching agreement. Team management involves shared view of success, holding each other accountable & deciding how decisions will be made. Team dynamics involves psychological safety, managing differences, creating a safe space & responding to conflict. Team communication involves norms for dialogue, mechanisms for communication & strategies for incorporating diversity in perspectives.

19.07.22   |   World Biodiversity Forum

The Final Resolution

The Final Resolution of the World Biodiversity Forum, co-organized by UZH, calls for reversing the loss of biodiversity.

18.07.22   |   TU Berlin

Video zu transdisziplinärer Forschung

Transdisziplinarität ist ein Forschungsverständnis mit einer klaren Leitidee: Jedes Wissen ist wertvoll. Der Film "Transdisziplinäre Forschung: Was ist das eigentlich?" erklärt in Form einer animierten Collage den transdisziplinären Forschungsmodus auf einfache und verständliche Weise und verdeutlicht seine wissenschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Relevanz. Er zeigt die Stärken dieses Forschungsmodus im Vergleich zu anderen auf und verdeutlicht, für welche Fragestellungen er geeignet ist. Der Film ist eine Idee der Stabsstelle Science and Society des Präsidiums der TU Berlin, finanziert aus Mitteln der Berlin University Alliance, dem Exzellenzverbund in Berlin.

12.07.22   |   i2Insights

How to generate & develop new cross-disciplinary project ideas

How to generate & develop 3-6 new cross-disciplinary project ideas is described by Gemma Jiang. Works for researchers in large cross-disciplinary science initiatives, who may not know each other well and takes 6-8 weeks: 1) involve whole group in crowdsourcing ideas, discussing options & then voting on options (ideation workshop), 2) topic leaders present thinking & those interested help develop them, including by cross-pollinating among different topics (peer learning workshop), 3) map assets & assemble teams, while further refining project ideas (focus tank).

11.07.22   |   SNF

Sinergia: 44 million francs for interdisciplinary research

Integration of refugees, microbiological risk assessment and better exploration and development of geothermal energy: the SNSF is funding 17 new projects in its Sinergia programme.

06.07.22   |   World Biodiversity Forum

Es braucht eine Trendwende

Am World Biodiversity Forum in Davos ging es darum, wie der Artenverlust gebremst und Ökosysteme geschützt werden können. Die von der UZH organisierte internationale Konferenz wollte zum Handeln anregen und Forschung und Praxis zusammenbringen.

06.07.22   |   i2Insights

i2Insights repository for teamwork in tackling complex societal and environmental problems

i2Insights is a repository of short, easy-to-read blog posts about resources for tackling complex societal and environmental problems. It covers concepts, methods and other tools for understanding diversity, teamwork, stakeholder engagement, integration, decision making, research implementation, change, communication, systems, context, unknowns, evaluation, education & institutionalisation. If you have established or newly developed tools to share, we’d love to hear from you. Especially welcome are contributions from Africa, Latin America and Asia.

05.07.22   |   i2Insights

Check out the new look Integration & Implementation Sciences (i2S) News

Check out the new look Integration & Implementation Sciences (i2S) News, with new FAQ about stakeholder engagement and where i2S fits amongst transdisciplinarity, systems thinking, action research, science of team science etc. i2S News also provides information about additions to i2Insights blog & repository plusi2S Talks YouTube channel. Links to recent conference presentations and other updates are also provided.

30.06.22   |   OIS

OIS Research Conference

This year!s OIS Research Conference took place at – and in cooperation with – the CERN IdeaSquare in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference stands out by bringing together scholars from across disciplines interested in discussing processes, effects and boundary conditions of openness and collaboration in science. As a unique feature of the annual conference, participants can experiment with novel approaches to their own research: this year, we tested how the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) influences the development of new research ideas and, building on that, explored how AI affects openness and collaboration in scientific research.

28.06.22   |   FONA

Rebound-Effekte aus sozial-ökologischer Perspektive – Projekte zeigten Ergebnisse auf BMBF-Abschlussveranstaltung

Die Steigerung der Ressourceneffizienz ist ein Schlüsselfaktor für Nachhaltigkeit. Die erzielten Effizienzgewinne können jedoch durch den „Rebound-Effekt“ wieder abgeschwächt werden. Wie kann Nachhaltigkeit also gelingen? Wie müssen wir unser Verhalten anpassen und welche regulativen Maßnahmen brauchen wir um Ressourcen tatsächlich einzusparen?

Neun inter- und transdisziplinäre Verbundprojekte mit insgesamt 30 Organisationen aus Wissenschaft und Praxis erforschten die Ursachen und Auswirkungen von Rebound-Effekten und erarbeiteten Lösungsvorschläge zum Umgang mit ihnen. Untersucht wurden die Effekte in privaten Haushalten beim Wohnen und Konsum, bei der Produktion in Unternehmen sowie auf volkswirtschaftlicher Ebene. Neben dem Fokus auf das menschliche Verhalten, war eine Besonderheit der Fördermaßnahme, dass sie nicht, wie in der Rebound-Forschung oft üblich, allein auf Energieeffizienz fokussierte, sondern auch andere Ressourcen wie Wasser und Rohstoffe betrachtete. Die Projekte decken damit eine breite Palette der Rebound-Forschung ab.

28.06.22   |   ISOE

Was Wissenstransfer und Wissenschaftskommunikation unterscheidet

Inzwischen gilt Wissenstransfer neben Forschung und Lehre als die dritte Säule in den Aufgabenbereichen von Universitäten und Hochschulen. Und dennoch: Ein klares Bild, was Wissenstransfer ausmacht, gibt es bislang nicht. Was Ziele und Zielgruppen des Transfers sind und wie Kriterien für erfolgreichen Wissenstransfer aussehen, ist nicht klar abgegrenzt. Konsens zeigt sich hingegen bei der Ablehnung einer Vorstellung von Wissenstransfer, bei dem das Wissen – ähnlich einer Ware – an einem Ort erzeugt und anschließend an den Bestimmungsort transferiert wird, um dort „konsumiert“ zu werden. Der Transferbegriff sollte klar zur Wissenschaftskommunikation abgegrenzt werden, schreiben Alexandra Lux und Nicola Schuldt-Baumgart im Gastbeitrag. Darin werfen sie einen Blick auf die unterschiedlichen Ziele, mit denen beide Bereiche kommunizieren.

26.06.22   |   FONA SÖF

Policy Briefs zur Periurbanisierung in Indien

Die zentralen Ergebnisse des Projektes "H2O – T2S" (Transformation to Sustainability in periurban areas) wurden im Januar 2022 im Rahmen einer Online-Konferenz in Zusammenarbeit mit der School for Planning and Architecture in Bhopal (Indien) vorgestellt. Aus den Diskussionen mit Vertreterinnen und Vertretern aus der Wissenschaft, Zivilgesellschaft, Politik und Verwaltung entstand eine Reihe von Policy Briefs, die sich mit der Periurbanisierung in Indien befassen. 

24.06.22   |   FONA SÖF

Projektergebnisse - Konferenz "Rebound-Risiken und Suffizienz-Chancen der Digitalisierung" und Kurzvideos

Wie Digitalisierung als gesellschaftlicher Prozess gestaltet werden muss, damit sie einen Beitrag zur Transformation in Richtung Nachhaltigkeit leistet, wird seit einigen Jahren intensiv diskutiert. Die Forschungsgruppe "Digitalisierung und sozial-ökologische Transformation" an der TU Berlin und am Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung hat tatkräftig dazu beigetragen, diese Frage auf die politische und öffentliche Agenda zu setzen. Über sechs Jahre hat die vom BMBF geförderte Forschungsgruppe interdisziplinäre Analysen zu diesem Thema durchgeführt und praxisorientierte Lösungen erarbeitet. Auf der Konferenz zu Rebound-Risiken und Suffizienz-Chancen der Digitalisierung am 20. Juni 2022 in Berlin wurden nun die Ergebnisse dieser Arbeiten öffentlich vorgestellt. Ziel war es, abschließend mit Wissenschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft Eckpunkte für eine anwendungsorientierte Forschungsagenda zu diskutieren, die sowohl der Technologieförderung als auch Nachhaltigkeitszielen dient.

24.06.22   |   FONA SÖF

Nachhaltigkeit und lebesnwerte Städte - Broschüre "Mehr oder Weniger?" erschienen

Im transdisziplinären Forschungsprojekt "Entwicklungschancen und -hemmnisse einer suffizienzorientierten Stadtentwicklung II" (EHSS II) zwischen Europa-Universität Flensburg und der Stadt Flensburg wird die Entwicklung eines nachhaltigen, urbanen Quartiers begleitet und beforscht. In der neu veröffentlichten Broschüre "Mehr oder Weniger?" wird im Vorfeld vor allem die strukturelle Nicht-Nachhaltigkeit im urbanen Raum anhand informativer Grafiken dargestellt. Der Titel bezieht sich auf die Frage, wovon mehr oder weniger gebraucht wird, um urbane Räume nachhaltig zu gestalten und im Zuge dessen lebenswerte Städte zu schaffen. Die Broschüre ist online und im Print verfügbar.

24.06.22   |   Universidade Jean Piaget

Desenvolvimento E Sustentabilidade Global - Duotoramento

Em face da crescente complexidade do mundo atual e das ameaças patentes em matéria de mudança global, entre as quais as mudanças climáticas, torna-se imperativo compreender bem as dinâmicas destas no sentido de favorecer uma melhor adaptação ao contexto de mudança permanente.

Considerando que Cabo Verde se insere no grupo dos países mais vulneráveis e que medidas estão a ser equacionadas e em curso para enfrentar as ameaças patentes, torna-se necessário munir o país de quadros capazes de dar consistência e continuidade aos resultados alcançados, quer do ponto de vista investigativo, quer conceptual, na senda do desenvolvimento de soluções e oportunidades tecnológicas, científicas e económicas que se apresentem.

Deste modo é mister a criação deste doutoramento, que terá um impacto nacional importante e dotará o país, a região e as organizações a que pertencemos, de peritos abalizados em Desenvolvimento Sustentável, com especialidade diferenciada segundo os eixos estratégicos de desenvolvimento e segundo as quatro dimensões de atuação dos ODS: social, ambiental, económica e institucional. O doutoramento, situado dentro da política internacional da universidade, pretende alcançar a projeção internacional, principalmente no eixo Sul-Sul.

24.06.22   |   University World News

Transdisciplinary collaboration critical for future of science

Calls for investment in transdisciplinary research in Africa in order to achieve progress in science and innovation as tools to deal with challenges that are impeding social and economic transformation of the continent have dominated proceedings at the Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress.

24.06.22   |   TU Berlin

Transdisziplinäre Forschung: neuer Erklärfilm erschienen

Von der Stabsstelle Science and Society der TU Berlin in Auftrag gegeben, ist nun der Film „Transdisziplinäre Forschung: Was ist das eigentlich? auf dem youtube-Kanal der TU erschienen.

Auf dem youtube-Kanal der TU findet ihr auch einen weiteren Film der Stabsstelle Science and Society mit dem Titel „Transdisziplinäre Forschung: Wie funktioniert das?, der weniger erklärt sondern über Erfahrungen aus einem transdisziplinärem Prozess für transdisziplinäre Forschung motivieren soll.

23.06.22   |   i2S

What are the major options for engaging stakeholders (i2S Stakeholder Engagement Options Framework)?

The i2S stakeholder engagement options framework provides 5 ways for researchers to include stakeholders in a project: inform, consult, involve, collaborate and support. Each comes with a corresponding promise from the researchers to the stakeholders.

23.06.22   |   i2Insights

Advanced considerations in understanding diversity: part 10 of a new introductory guide

Advanced considerations in understanding diversity: part 10 of a new introductory guide to the importance of diversity in research. Improving diversity in research includes: 1) fostering plural innovation pathways & research consortia with a plurality of research trajectories comprised of different epistemic combinations, 2) expanding multidisciplinary research to increase awareness of different perspectives & benefits of multiple ways of integration, 3) systematically learning from successes eg in gender-diversity & cultural diversity esp in decolonising research & valuing Indigenous, local & lived experience knowledge, 4) systematically learn from failure eg in choosing effective tools, in generating insights & in working together effectively. Improving diversity in research is hard, time-consuming & risky with no easy answers for choosing which kinds, how much & best ways. Do we need “diversity science?”

23.06.22   |   i2Insights

Recognising the groan zone in teamwork and how to overcome it

Recognising the groan zone in teamwork and how to overcome it in the transition between divergent thinking and convergence is discussed by Carrie Kappel in her revisited blog post. To overcome it: 1) Don’t Panic! Just naming the uncomfortable transition can reassure the group, 2) Encourage dialogue for collective insight that bridges perspectives & builds trust among participants & of process, 3) Use tools to support convergence eg conceptual maps, structured prioritisation, get ideas on paper, specify criteria for convergence. Groan zone can occur several times & at multiple scales. It is inevitable so embrace it & let it spark opportunities for novel ideas to emerge.

23.06.22   |   Partizipative Wissenschaftsakademie

Ressourcen zu Citizen Science

Citizen Science ist ein überaus dynamisches Feld. Laufend erscheinen neue Artikel in wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften; Handbücher und Leitfäden werden veröffentlicht und aktualisiert, neue Projekte werden durchgeführt. Den Überblick zu behalten, ist gar nicht so einfach! Deswegen stellt die Partizipative Wissenschaftsakademie der Universität und ETH Zürich auf einer Seite einige Ressourcen zusammen, die sie besonders empfehlenswert findet und die auf verschiedene Weise helfen soll, sich einen Überblick zu verschaffen.

21.06.22   |   i2Insights

Alignment, Interest & Influence Matrix (AIIM)

6 steps for analysing likely support from policy actors for implementation of change are described by Enrique Mendizabal. The Alignment, Interest & Influence Matrix (AIIM) steps are: 1) develop detailed statement of desired policy outcome, 2) identify actors who may affect outcome, 3) map actors onto matrix according to level of alignment with proposed change & interest in policy outcome, 4) prioritise actors, 5) assess best method of influence depending on actor’s alignment & interest in change, 6) develop a context sensitive “pathway of change” for each actor, describing alignment or interest seeking to achieve.

21.06.22   |   ISOE-Blog

Geht das, verschiedene Perspektiven für eine Nachhaltigkeitstransformation unter einen Hut zu bekommen? – Einblicke in den Ansatz „Theory of Change“

Unterschiedliche Perspektiven auf ein Thema müssen nicht immer harmonisch ausfallen. Die spannenden Fragen, die sich in solchen Momenten stellen, sind: Wie kann diese Vielzahl an Perspektiven integriert werden? Und: Inwiefern widersprechen sie sich – sind also unvereinbar miteinander? Oder: Inwiefern ergänzen sie sich eigentlich, sprich tragen sie zu einem besseren Verständnis der Gesamtmaterie bei?

Solche Fragen stellen sich auch bei der Zusammenarbeit zwischen unterschiedlichen Disziplinen sowie zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis, wenn es darum geht, gemeinsam eine Transformation in Richtung Nachhaltigkeit anzustoßen. Diese Fragen beschäftigten uns auch im Rahmen unseres inter- und transdisziplinären Forschungsprogramms Wings (Water and sanitation innovations for non-grid solutions) an der Eawag, dem Wasserforschungsinstitut des ETH-Bereichs in der Schweiz. Das Programm setzt sich seit 2016 mit innovativen Wasser- und Abwassersystemen auseinander und fokussiert dabei auf dezentrale und ressourcenorientierte Lösungen. Als Leitende des Programms ist es unsere Aufgabe, die inter- und transdisziplinäre Kommunikation, Kollaboration und Integration zu fördern. Wir stehen tagtäglich vor der Herausforderung, unterschiedliche disziplinäre Perspektiven zu verknüpfen und gemeinsam mit anderen Akteuren Transformation in Richtung einer nachhaltigen Siedlungswasserwirtschaft anzustoßen. Um dieser Herausforderung zu begegnen, haben wir den Ansatz „Theory of Change“ (ToC), auf Deutsch „Theorie des Wandels“, gewählt. Unser Fazit: Die Anwendung des Ansatzes ist eine große Herausforderung, die sich aber aufgrund vielerlei Aha-Momente gelohnt hat. Im Blog-Eintrag wird erkärt warum.


formations "transdisciplinaire"

"Dresser des ponts entre des savoirs jusque-là séparés, bien que complémentaires, a présidé aux réflexions sur la création de masters transdisciplinaires au sein de notre Ecole de gestion. En effet, la transdisciplinarité permet de comprendre et de mieux appréhender les défis d’aujourd’hui et de demain, parmi lesquels l’intégration des connaissances est un atout."

"À Le Mans Université (Sarthe), les étudiants en géoscience sont peu nombreux. Une filière encore méconnue selon eux. Pour la valoriser, une nouvelle formation transdisciplinaire sera ajoutée dès la rentrée 2023. Cela sera une licence renforcée intitulée Géoscience environnement transition socioécologique. Elle sera accessible à partir de la deuxième année."

21.06.22   |   SciTS

Seeking SciTS 2022 Conference Volunteers

The 2022 SciTS Planning Committee is welcoming applications for volunteers to help with our virtual conference, Aug 1-3. This is an opportunity to work alongside leaders in the SciTS field and serve in an active role in the 13th Annual International Science of Team Science Conference.


We are thus looking for volunteers who may be able to commit approximately 2-3 hours/week for committee activities during the weeks leading up to the conference and approximately 6-10 hours during the week of the conference.  Opportunities may extend beyond the date of the conference for volunteers interested in committee-related dissemination activities (e.g., evaluation, publications).


Volunteers will receive complimentary conference registration and students and “transitional career” volunteers will receive one-year INSciTS membership as a thank you for their contributions to the success of SciTS 2022.


If you are interested in joining the 2022 SciTS Planning committee, please fill out the brief form at this link.  If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Kara Hall.

21.06.22   |   i2Insights

Understanding diversity in team roles 101

Understanding diversity in team roles 101: part 9 of a new introductory guide to the importance of diversity in research. Want your team to be effective? Make sure all 9 Belbin team roles are filled to balance diversity in strengths & weaknesses. Can also ameliorate friction. Team roles are: 1) ‘resource investigator’ to bring in new ideas, 2) ‘teamworker’ to help team gel, 3) ‘co-ordinator’ to focus on objectives & delegate work, 4) ‘plant’ to look for unconventional solutions, 5) ‘monitor evaluator’ to provide logical eye, 6) ‘specialist’ to bring in-depth knowledge, 7) ‘shaper’ to provide drive, 8) ‘implementer’ to plan workable strategy, 9) ‘completer-finisher’ to scrutinise quality.

17.06.22   |   ITD Alliance

‘Resources’ page is now online

The page offers an entrance to information about collaborative modes of research. It compiles links to the Toolkit Inventory, to Conferences, Journals, Blogs and Newsletters.

17.06.22   |   ITDAlliance

ITD Alliance Event 2022 @ SRI Congress - Updates

The Programm of the ITD Alliance Event on 20 June is now complete! There will be 3 sessions, in the first and third sessions you will get ITD Alliance Informations and the chance for exchaning, the second session ist about the African Perspective in Inter- and Transdisciplinarity. 

17.06.22   |   I2Insights

Clarifying incentives and expectations in research collaborations

Great prompt questions to clarify expectations in research collaboration are provided by Alisa Zomer and Varja Lipovsek. They identify incentives, timelines, decision making & dissemination to be the main problematic areas in teamwork and provide prompt questions to find out why each party is interested in the research partnership & what they expect to achieve, clarify critical timepoints (eg donor timelines for renewals, academic grant funding, academic calendars for teaching & promotion), clarify roles, responsibilities & decision making processes (eg who has the final say?) and how to use results (eg peer-reviewed publications or practical uses such as program adjustment, influencing policy, informing public dialogue).

09.06.22   |   Mountain Reasearch and Development

MRD Talks

Mountain Research and Development is launching a new dialogue series, MRD Talks. The talks promote dialogue between science, practice, the private sector, and policy based on recently published MRD papers on topical issues relevant to sustainable mountain development. In doing so, they trigger exchange among mountain stakeholders and out-of-the-box thinking with a view to nurturing innovative and effective development and policy efforts.


MRD Talk #01 | Climate change adaptation in mountains: How to close the gap between policies and local realities? | 30 June 2022, 15:30 CEST/UTC+2, on Zoom

Gaps between adaptation policies and local responses limit effective pathways toward more resilient mountain communities. Emilie Dupuits and Graham McDowell will present their findings on these rifts and discuss their recommendations with Kevin Kinusu of Africa Bioenergy Programs Limited, Nona Budoyan of the Armenian Ministry of Environment, and the audience. The event is an opportunity to jointly reflect on how to make adaptation efforts work better for mountain communities.

09.06.22   |   I2Insights

Understanding diversity in personality 101

Part 8 of a new introductory guide to the importance of diversity in research. Personality of researchers & stakeholders influences which aspects of a problem are considered, how research is conducted & effectiveness of teamwork. Personality clashes can get in way of researchers & stakeholders working together effectively, but appreciating differences can be an asset in working together eg when each person is assigned tasks they are most suited to & when those with strengths coach others. Diversity in personality encompasses: 1) honesty-humility, 2) emotionality, 3) extraversion, 4) agreeableness, 5) conscientiousness, & 6) openness to experience.

07.06.22   |   I2Insights

Managing risk and equity in collaborative research

A risk & equity matrix for research collaboration is described by Alisa Zomer and Selmah Goldberg. It allows research collaborators to assess equitable distribution of 1) costs, incl payments such as time, personnel, or spent political or social capital, 2) benefits, incl compensation for time; new knowledge, hardware &/or skills; reputation building, 3) risks, ie expected or unexpected harms, plus likelihood & severity, 4) mitigation of risks, incl working in pairs, using low-cost technology, regular check-ins. Risk & equity matrix allows research collaborators kickstart difficult conversations, lay out power imbalances, set foundations for open, honest working relationship, & document process.

07.06.22   |   I2Insights


Understanding diversity in interests 101

Part 6 of a new introductory guide to the importance of diversity in research is available now! Interests of researchers & stakeholders influence which aspects of a problem are considered, how research is conducted & what kinds of actions are contemplated. Working together effectively requires decoding positions to uncover underlying different interests, so that can accommodate them in a fair way. Researcher interests are generally a mixture of curiosity & stakes; curiosity to find out more, coupled with stakes in building on, & advancing, past work & careers. Researchers & stakeholders articulate positions (solutions), rather than expressing interests (what they really want) directly. Generally more ways to meet interests than through stated positions. To accommodate interests in a research project, it is important to get past stated positions to underlying interests, which will open more options for how interests can be taken into account.

07.06.22   |   Responsive Research


After a pandemic break, the Td Summer School is back!

We are pleased to announce that the Td Summer School: "Transdisciplinary Research at the Science · Society Interface" will be conducted between September 4-9, 2022 in Vienna, Austria. Convened by the Responsive Research Collective, UniNEtZ Austria and the University of Applied Arts Vienna, it is designed to prepare researchers and practitioners for joint research and action to tackle societal problems.

Application deadline: 24 June 2022

07.06.22   |   I2Insights


Understanding diversity in culture 101

Part 7 of a new introductory guide to the importance of diversity in research is available. Culture of researchers & stakeholders influences which aspects of a problem are considered, how research is conducted & what kinds of actions are contemplated. Cultural diversity among researchers & stakeholders encompasses: 1) how hierarchies and inequalities in power are handled, 2) whether independence or interdependence is favoured, 3) how achievement, competition and cooperation are handled, 4) tolerance of uncertainty and ambiguity, 5) short-term versus long-term orientation, 6) attitude to gratification of basic human drive. Researchers & stakeholders collaborating requires understanding how culture affects behaviours & expectations about working independently, expressing disagreement, politeness, gender roles, punctuality etc.

01.06.22   |   I2Insights


What motivates researchers to become transdisciplinary and what are the implications for career development?

7 motivations for becoming transdisciplinary are described by Maria Helena Guimarães, Olivia Bina and Christian Pohl in their revisited blog post. They are a desire to 1) improve society, 2) act on real-world problems, 3) make a difference, 4) bring together theory & practice, 5) move beyond disciplines, 6) be transgressive & take risks, 7) connect across many research interests & fields. Transdisciplinary career paths are affected by: 1) need for disciplinary excellence, 2) lack of effective supervision & mentorship, 3) lack of recognition 4) lack of opportunities to progress. Does transdisciplinarity need a new discipline or other formalisation? Or would this threaten the inherent openness of transdisciplinarity to other disciplines?

31.05.22   |   saguf

saguf-Jubiläumstagung 2022: Save the date

50 Jahre saguf: Impulse für eine inter- und transdisziplinäre Umwelt- und Nachhaltigkeitsforschung. Am 21. September 2022 feiert die saguf unter dem Motto «Die Zukunft mitgestalten: Erfahrungen und Perspektiven der saguf in der Nachhaltigkeitstransformation» ihr  50-jähriges Jubiläum in der Eventfabrik in Bern.

31.05.22   |   Publication


Integrate the Integrators! – Publication and video available

Integration is often considered the core challenge and the defining characteristic of inter- and trans-disciplinary (ITD) research. Given its importance, it is surprising that the current system of higher education does not provide permanent positions for individuals with expertise in this area. Based on empirical results of an ITD 2019 Conference Workshop entitled “Is there a new profession of integration experts on the rise?” held in Gothenburg, Sweden, a recent publication sheds light on the overarching questions “What are integration experts?” and “What are potential ways forward to support integration experts in building their academic careers?”. A video created for the ITD 2021 Conference summarizes key insights from that publication.

31.05.22   |   LBG Open Innovation in Science Center

The PPIE projects of the LBG OIS Center in portrait

How can patients and their family members be actively involved in research and what impact does this have on research but also on society? The PPIE projects of the first call already have answers to these questions and now present them in short videos. The LBG OIS Center accompanies the projects with their expertise in open and collaborative practices in research.

24.05.22   |   Netzwerk N


The transformative educational festival "nival" takes place June 16 - 19, 2022 at castle Lohra in Thüringen, Germany and aims at bringing together climate activists and people interested in education. The festival takes place on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Netzwerk N. Netzwerk N is an organization of young people who want to contribute to a whole institutional approach to sustainable development at higher education institutions.

24.05.22   |   junge akademie schweiz

Die Junge Akademie Schweiz wächst um fünf Mitglieder

Die Mitgliederversammlung der Jungen Akademie Schweiz hat fünf neue Mitglieder gewählt. Die neu Aufgenommenen überzeugen durch ihre Forschung, Erfahrung in inter- und transdisziplinärer Zusammenarbeit und ihre Motivation, an der Schnittstelle von Wissenschaft, Gesellschaft und Politik zu wirken. Ihre Projektideen werden sie während den nächsten fünf Jahren gemeinsam mit den weiteren 29 Mitgliedern umsetzen können.

24.05.22   |   SCNAT

Leistungen von Landschaften fassbar machen

Unterschiedliche Landschaftswahrnehmungen erschweren oft den konstruktiven Dialog über die künftige Landschafts­entwicklung. Das Konzept der Landschaftsleistungen bietet hier Unterstützung, indem es hilft, in einem partizipativen Ansatz eine gemeinsame Sprache zu finden. Das Forum Landschaft, Alpen, Pärke der SCNAT hat gemeinsam mit Forschenden der Universitäten Zürich und Lausanne ein Faktenblatt erarbeitet, das in das Konzept einführt. Basierend auf Fallstudien zeigt es auf, wie der Ansatz der Landschaftsleistungen für die lokale und regionale Landschaftsentwicklung und zur Umsetzung des Landschaftskonzept Schweiz genutzt werden kann.

23.05.22   |   SCNAT

Trendwende Klima und Biodiversität - Parlament trifft Wissenschaft

Die wichtigsten wissenschaftlichen Fakten zum Klimawandel und zum Verlust der Biodiversität.


Auf Einladung der Nationalratspräsidentin Irène Kälin und des Ständeratspräsidenten Thomas Hefti diskutierte das Parlament am 2. Mai mit Forschenden von IPCC und IPBES die Herausforderungen der Klima- und Biodiversitätskrise. Die Politikerinnen und Politiker tauschten sich mit den in der Schweiz tätigen Wissenschaftlern und Verfasserinnen der Berichte des Weltklimarates und des Weltbiodiversitätsrates aus. Die Veranstaltung wurde zusammen mit Proclim und dem Forum Biodiversität organisiert. 

23.05.22   |   i2Insights

Understanding diversity in values 101

Understanding diversity in values 101: part 5 of a new introductory guide to the importance of diversity in research. Values conflict occurs in teams with differences in openness to change (independence of thought) versus conservation (order, self-restriction, preservation of past, resistance to change) and in teams with differences in self-enhancement (pursuit of own interests over others) versus self-transcendence (concern for welfare & interests of others). Values are closely tied to people’s emotions, motivations, actions & identities, making it difficult for researchers & stakeholders to work together when they have competing values. Value clashes can be vitriolic, so research groups often avoid those with different values, limiting development of more comprehensive understanding & effective action on complex problems.

23.05.22   |   i2Insights

Stakeholder engagement primer

The stakeholder engagement primer provides an introduction for beginners of 10 key aspects of stakeholder engagement. The primer was published in 2021 as 10 blog posts and is now available via one URL. The primer covers all the necessary aspects for including stakeholders in a project; from defining stakeholders and options for engagement, over skills required for listening and different types of dialogue, ending with generating ideas and evaluating the engagement.

17.05.22  |   intereach

Intereach webinar video on adaptive spaces on convergence research (Gemma Jiang) presented on May 10 is now available 

The video of the great webinar “Gospel of team time: holding adaptive spaces in convergence research teams” (listed as: Ideas and techniques for using team time effectively in convergence research teams) by Gemma Jiang is now on the Integration and Implementation Sciences Youtube channel. It’s in a playlist called “Intereach webinar series”. It will be posted on the Intereach website soon.

17.05.22   |   i2Insights

How to build true integration in interdisciplinary education

How to build true integration in interdisciplinary education is discussed by Annemarie Horn and Eduardo Urias in their blog post. Watch out for a) students who are naïve & see integration as a puzzle, overlooking different assumptions & other complexities, b) students who are assertive in promoting their own discipline but don’t engage with others or in critical self-reflection, and c) students who are accommodating in listening to everyone else but don’t contribute their own expertise. Nurture students who are truly integrative, engaging in reciprocal interactions to build shared understanding.

17.05.22   |   CNRS

L’UVSQ et le CNRS renouvellent leur partenariat pour développer une recherche novatrice et transdisciplinaire afin de relever les grands défis scientifiques, technologiques, économiques et sociétaux 

Antoine Petit, Président-directeur général du CNRS et Alain Bui, Président de l’UVSQ, ont signé lundi 9 mai 2022 une convention de renouvellement de collaboration qui vise à renforcer des liens déjà existants entre les deux établissements. Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique et l’Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines renouvellent ainsi leur partenariat jusqu’en 2025, avec pour ambition de développer une recherche novatrice et transdisciplinaire qui anticipe les problématiques sociétales, éclaire les citoyens et accompagne les décideurs.

12.05.22   |   i2Insights

Understanding diversity in power 101

Understanding diversity in power 101: part 4 of a new introductory guide to the importance of diversity in research. Based on powercube, power has 3 forms (visible, hidden & invisible), happens in decisionmaking in 3 spaces (closed, invited, claimed/created) & is exercised at 4 levels (global, national, local, household). There are also 3 key ways of expressing power: 1) power over ie constraining & controlling, 2) power to ie creating opportunities, 3) power with ie cooperating & learning together with others.

12.05.22   |   i2Insights

5 questions to assess power relations in participatory research

5 questions to assess power relations in participatory research are discussed by Diana Rose in her revisited blog post. They are: 1) Are there differences in compensation between researchers & participants for being involved in the research? 2) Is full participation of all members of relevant community or stakeholder group possible? 3) Are there systemic injustices that affect some participants disproportionately? 4) Do participants perceive power relations as equal, even if researchers do? 5) Is there potential conflict between reciprocity in sharing information by researchers & not contaminating research?

05.05.22   |   I2Insights

Teamwork requires Understanding diversity in perceptions of good research 101

Part 3 of a new introductory guide to the importance of diversity in research is availiable now. Needs to address: 1) motivation ie perceived importance of basic vs applied; 2) methodology ie research goals (hypothesis driven, describe, predict) & approaches to data acquisition; 3) confirmation ie processes required for research to add to storehouse of knowledge (eg replication, generalisability); 4) objectivity ie world is to some extent constructed by those investigating it or there is a fully objective world; 5) importance of values ie value-free or infused with values; 6) reductionism-emergence ie world can be fully understood by component parts or systems view is needed.

05.05.22   |   I2Insights

Theoretical framework for open team science

Boundary spanning in open team science is discussed by Yasuhisa Kondo in his revisited blog post. It requires 1) ability to transcend ie finding common goals that actors with different interests can tackle together, 2) ethical equity with special attention to empowering marginalized actors, 3) data visualization and FAIR Data Principles (ie Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) and 4) dialogue to understand each other’s views.

04.05.22   |   TA-Swiss

NTA 10: Kultur und Digitalisierung: Fristverlängerung

Gestreamt, gelikt, flüchtig – schöne neue Kulturwelt? Der der Call for Papers für die NTA10 wurde verlängert. Die neue Eingabefrist ist Freitag, 13. Mai 2022.

28.4.22   |   I2Insights

Understanding diversity primer: 2. Mental models

Understanding diversity in mental models 101 – part 2 of a new introductory guide to the importance of diversity in research.  Mental models 1) affect how problems are framed, understood & responded to plus how well contributors can work together, 2) are a person’s unique understanding of world & how it works, applying to all aspects of reality, 3) exist in person’s mind as small-scale models of different aspects of reality, are functional but incomplete, 4) are based on person’s knowledge, experiences, perceptions, values & beliefs; are dynamic but self-reinforcing, 5) explain a person’s reasoning, # decision making & behaviour; shape assumptions & expectations of others.

25.4.22   |   6 Team conditions

Team Diagnostic survey

Are you looking for a tool for assessing team functionig thread? The Team Diagnostic Survey (TDS) is a well-validated instrument designed to diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of teams. Drs. Ruth Wageman, Richard Hackman, and Erin Lehman at Harvard developed this assessment based on their research about the major conditions that foster team effectiveness. The TDS produces a thorough report showing scores on the 6 Team Conditions, 3 Key Task Processes that emerge from those conditions, and 3 outcome measures of Team Effectiveness. This framework (even without the assessment) gives teams several entry points for conversation, understanding, and action.

22.4.22   |   I2Insights

Understanding diversity primer: 1. Why diversity?

Understanding diversity 101 – a new introductory guide to the importance of diversity in research. Part 1 covers the benefits and costs of including different perspectives, plus sources of diversity. Benefits are: 1) developing a more comprehensive understanding of any complex problem, both what is known & what is not known, 2) providing a greater range of ideas about addressing the problem, including what may & may not work, and 3) providing more effective insights into how research can support policy & practice change to address problems by government, business & civil society. Costs are challenges in collaboration. Sources are disciplinary & stakeholder perspectives, plus cross-cutting sources incl gender-identity and ethnicity. This primer will focus on mental models, culture, power, values and more over the next 9 weeks.

22.4.22   |   kai foundation

Tool for assessing team functioning

The adaption-innovation theory, developed by Michael Kirton, is a problem-solving theory that has explanatory/predictive value in the science of teams. The theory has the aim of reducing conflict and improving collaboration, given the diversity of thought associated with team members. It has a unique approach to identifying inside/outside groups, and can be used to predict team-to-team dynamics.

22.4.22   |   Intereach

Intereach webinar video on convergence research

The video of the great webinar “Taking STEPS Toward Convergence Research Success: Sharing a plan and inviting community wisdom” (listed as: Key issues for convergence research) by Christine Ogilvie Hendren, Gail Jones, Anna-Maria Marshall is now on the Integration and Implementation Sciences Youtube channel.

21.04.22   |   Action for Sustainable Future hub

Shaping a sustainable society together

The Action for Sustainable Future hub, a transciplinary cooperation between the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center and the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte) presents 6 key projects. The projects will work at the interface of art, science and society to address sustainable development in the sense of the UN Agenda 2030, by developing concrete solutions with high social relevance.

19.04.22   |   NorQuaTrans

Project NorQuaTrans - Scientist´s Roles in transdisciplinary processes

As part of the NorQuaTrans project (Normativity, Objectivity and Quality Assurance of Transdisciplinary Processes) a literature review was conducted. It highlights the roles of scientists in transdisciplinary research.

12.04.22   |   MRD-Journal

Mountain Research and Development Vol 42, No 1 available online and open access

Articles in this open issue examine the workings of the “smart village” concept in the Holy Cross Mountains in Poland; the role of local food products in fostering mountain tourism in the Italian Alps; the benefits of wild plants’ ecosystem services for local livelihoods in the Polish Pieniny Mountains; rural residents’ sense of place in an ecological restoration area in the mountains of Guizhou, China; and outcomes of the International Mountain Conference 2019 in Innsbruck. In addition, the team of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences present their approach and their work. The issue closes with three reviews of recent publications relating to sustainable development in mountains.

08.04.22   |   tdAcademy

Video | Webinar with Sadaf Taimur on Design Thinking in Higher Education

In this capacity-building event, Sadar Taimur focuses on discussing Design thinking as Digital Transformative Pedagogy in Higher Sustainability Education while elaborating on a case from Japan. It offers concrete practice, and lessons for curriculum development.

08.04.22   |   tdAcademy

Video | Peter Wehling on disputes about the scientificity of TD research

During his tdAcademy residency, Peter Wehling examined the debate on transdisciplinarity. In this talk, he analyses the relationship between established science and transdisciplinarity and deconstructs the most common objections towards transdisciplinarity.

08.04.22   |   SCTO

SCTO policy for fair PPi remuneration in research projects and initiatives

One of the most important strategic objectives for this funding period of the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (SCTO) is to promote patient and public infolvement (PPI) in academic clinical research and implement it in a sustainable manner. This is why they advocate for financial compensation that is based on the principles of fairness. Financial compensation demonstrates that the contributions patients and the public make are valuable and appreciated.


To facilitate fair PPI compensation, SCTO has developed a policy for remunerating patients and representatives of the public that can be used for clinical research projects in our network. The SCTO Remuneration Policy for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Activities provides guidelines for reimbursing travel and accommodation expenditures as well.

08.04.22   |   SCTO

Patient and public involvement in Switzerland: What intitiatives and projects exist in academic clinical research?

The Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (£SCTO) worked together with their partner organisations to answer this question. First, their multistakeholder working group consisting of representatives from patient organisations and academic clinical research conducted an online survey. They then used the information gathered from the survey to identify and classify individual PPI initiatives and projects in Switzerland. The results show that a wide range of PPI activities already exist in academic clinical research.

05.04.22   |   i2Insights

MATRICx tool to measure motivation in teamwork

The MATRICx tool to measure motivation in teamwork is described by Gaetano Lotrecchiano. It includes 6 motivators for collaboration: 1) advancing science, 2) building relationships, 3) knowledge transfer, 4) resource acquisition, 5) maintenance of beliefs in value of scholarship, 6) recognition & reward. What motivates you & your team to collaborate?

01.04.22   |   swiss young academy

Junge Akademie Schweiz sucht MentorInnen

Welche Spielregeln gelten in der akademischen Welt? Wie können Nachwuchsforschende ihr Profil schärfen? Was gilt es bei der Karriereplanung zu beachten? Solche Fragen beschäftigen NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen wie die Mitglieder der Jungen Akademie Schweiz (JAS). Antworten können erfahrene ForscherInnen und WissenschaftlerInnen aller Disziplinen geben.


Die JAS sucht deshalb MentorInnen, die über einen Zeitraum von ein bis zwei Jahren die Mitglieder in ihrer beruflichen, akademischen und persönlichen Weiterentwicklung durch Rat sowie Networking fördern und sich durch den Austausch mit dem wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs inspirieren lassen wollen. Lanciert wird das One-to-One Mentoring im Rahmen einer Kick-off Veranstaltung Anfang September 2022, die ein professionelles Einführungscoaching beinhalten wird. 

29.03.22   |   Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Am Stammtisch den Strukturwandel vordenken

Wie können die vom Kohleausstieg betroffenen Regionen nachhaltig umgebaut werden? Im Mitteldeutschen Revier debattieren das Engagierte in einem digitalen Format. Die Initiative der RENN.mitte-Partner zeigt, wie Jugendliche in Transformationsprozesse einbezogen werden.

29.03.22   |   Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Neuer Podcast zur europäischen Nachhaltigkeitspolitik

Die neue Podcast-Reihe "Sustainability Made in Europe: A Policy Podcast on Finance, Reporting & Governance" diskutiert die wichtigsten aktuellen Entwicklungen auf EU-Ebene gemeinsam mit Expertinnen und Experten aus Wissenschaft, Politik und Wirtschaft.

29.03.22   |   i2Insights

Nine tips for integration of place into transdisciplinary research

Nine tips for integration of place into transdisciplinary research are presented by Alexandra Crosby and Ilaria Vanni. They are: 1) for colonised places find out whose Country & get familiar with principles of working on Country, 2) learn history & use archival material, 3) incl place-based researcher on team, 4) learn from maps, 5) explore current relationships of people to place & connect to histories & futures of place, 6) review terms used to describe place eg home, habitat, neighbourhood, 7) is it a meeting place &/or place to experiment, 8) identify non-human actors eg other species, soil, weather, 9) be mindful & attend to smells, flavours, sounds etc.

28.03.22   |   Publication

Book review

We are pleased that the book Creating Built Environments: Bridging Knowledge and Practice Divides (Rourledge, 2021) by the former board member of td-net Roderick J. Lawrence is being well received by reviewers. The most recent review in Cities & Health highlights its transdisciplinary contribution.

25.03.22   |   I2Insights

New blog posts

There are new blog posts on the i2Insights blog! In the most recent entries there are several about transdisciplinarity.

18.03.22   |   Etude

Etude sur les relations client/entreprise

Une nouvelle étude a été lancé sur la relation entre les clients et les entreprises à l'ère des réseaux sociaux. Quel est le comportement des clients vis à vis de leurs fournisseurs? Utilisent-ils massivement les réseaux sociaux pour exprimer leurs satisfactions ou leurs mécontentements? Quels réseaux sociaux utilisent-ils?

Enquête courte qui ne prendra que quelques minutes de votre temps.

18.03.22   |   LBG

LBG Open Innovation in Science Center Tools

At the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center open and collaborative practices in (transdisciplinary) research are implemented and investigated. In the following there is a selection of some tools: 


Future skills for Openness

How can a culture of openness be fostered in science? The framework "Future Skills for Openness" (in German) highlights the mindset, the skills and also the concrete tools and methods that organizations, groups and individuals can adopt and promote to shape a culture of openness. The Framework was created by innOsci with Christiane Grill from the LBG OIS Center as co-author.

Tools to plan and evaluate the societal impact of your project

The OIS Impact Reflection Instruments are online available in English and German. They can be used together or independently from the "OIS Impact Model" (to be found on the same page), and include detailed guidelines, templates for questionnaires, interviews and more, to be used at different times along the research project to plan and evaluate its societal impact. For more on what is Societal Research Impact see this short Literature Review.

The worldwide first priority setting project database

The priority setting project database of the LBG OIS Center is the first of its kind that provides a comprehensive overview of those projects in which researchers have worked together with non-scientific stakeholders to define priorities for research. The database serves both as a source of inspiration for future priority setting projects and as a research tool for unanswered research questions and under-researched topics.

17.03.22   |   Publication

Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity - Collaboration across Cultures and Communities

Edited by Bianca Vienni Baptista, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland and Julie Thompson Klein, Wayne State University, USA


Series: Research and Teaching in Environmental Studies


This book fills a gap in the current literature by systematizing and comparing a wide international scope of case studies illustrating varied ways of institutionalizing theory and practice. With expert contributions from authors representing projects and programs in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Russia and South Caucuses, Latin and North America, this book brings together comparative perspectives on theory and practice, while also describing strategies and models of change. This innovative volume will be of great interest to students, scholars, practitioners, and members of organizations promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.

17.03.22   |   MOOC

MOOC Vision 2030: Nachhaltigkeit online lernen

Ein neuer Online-Kurs von ZAHW führt an die wichtigsten globalen Herausforderungen für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung heran. Wer den Kurs absolviert, erhält einen Gesamtüberblick über das System und lernt neue Lösungsansätze in den Themengebieten Ernährung, Stadtentwicklung und soziale Gerechtigkeit kennen.

17.03.22   |   tercer congresomundial transdisciplinariedad

III WORLD CONGRESS OF TRANSDISCIPLINARITY 2022 - Mexico City, October 31st - November 7th

Landscapes and horizons for Transdisciplinarity - The paths of human species: The Challenge of a "Community of Destinies"

The III World Congress of Transdisciplinarity welcomes participants from all regions of the world to an essential meeting on major transdisciplinary issues which articulate human experience, the ‘buen vivir’, the societies both inclusive and more just and new ways of thinking. The III World Congress will focus on how to embody transdisciplinarity for future generations and will be a key meeting point for issues related to the knowledge of transdisciplinary, recursive and simultaneousbeingdoingknowing valid in different contexts of human development.  This event will allow for a dynamic exchange between participants, the creation of an international network and the charter of the III World Congress, while furthering openness to what all that remains to be revealed in the universe of Transdisciplinarity.

15.03.22   |   i2Insights

4 key aspects of transdisciplinary research

These are described by David Lam and colleagues. They are 1) context dependencies including a) who is involved b) social, cultural, political etc factors c) research setting; 2) innovative formats that structure transdisciplinary processes & are adapted to context eg Real World Labs; 3) societal effects ie change in short- & long- term plus at local & larger scales eg learning & changes in practices; 4) scientific effects ie changes in structure of research problems, research practices, results & scientific institutions. Integration of context, formats & outcomes is missing in transdisciplinary research. Ways forward include strengthening interconnections & synergies, developing quality criteria & building capacity.

15.03.22   |   FONA

tdAcademy – Neues von der Forschungsplattform im Newsletter-Format

Die Forschungs- und Community-Plattform für Transdisziplinarität tdAcademy arbeitet zu zentralen Themen der transdisziplinären Forschung und stärkt die gemeinsame Generierung von Wissen. Für den direkten Austausch von Forschenden über neue Community-Angebote und Informationen zu Veranstaltungen und Projekten hat die tdAcademy nun auch einen Newsletter an den Start gebracht. Er erscheint zweimonatlich und kann unter diesem Link bezogen werden. 

15.03.22   |   FONA

Deutsch-Französisches Zukunftswerk – Studie: Kollaborative Governance auf dem Weg zur Klimaneutralität in Marburg

Die Erfahrungen lokaler und regionaler Initiativen auswerten, um Transformationsprozesse in Deutschland und Frankreich voranzutreiben – das ist das Ziel des Deutsch-Französischen Zukunftswerks. Den Auftrag dazu bekam es 2019 im Vertrag von Aachen, in dem eine verstärkte Kooperation beider Länder beschlossen wurde. In drei Zyklen werden lokale Initiativen ausgewählt und begleitet. Im ersten und zweiten Zyklus liegen die Schwerpunkte auf den Themenfeldern "ökologischer Wandel" und "soziale und wirtschaftliche Resilienz". Am Ende eines jeden Zyklus kommen Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der Initiativen in einem sogenannten Resonanzraum zusammen und leiten, unterstützt von Expertinnen und Experten aus Verwaltung und Wirtschaft, aus ihren Erfahrungen Politikempfehlungen ab, die dem deutsch-französischen Ministerrat und der deutsch-französischen Parlamentarischen Versammlung übergeben werden. 

15.03.22   |   FONA

So kann es gehen: Politikdatenbank für Energiesuffizienz veröffentlicht

Verbrauchsreduktion ist eine wichtige Strategie zur Transformation des Energiesystems. Doch wie kann diese erreicht werden? Vorschläge für politische Instrumente enthält die jetzt publizierte "Energy Sufficiency Policy Database" der BMBF-Nachwuchsforschungsgruppe Energie-Suffizienz ("EnSu"). Eine umfassende Literaturrecherche führte bisher zu 281 Einträgen. Für diese Politikmaßnahmen wurden Instrumententypen, Politikziele, Maßnahmenbeschreibungen, Modellierungsindikatoren und weitere Informationen hinterlegt. Die online frei zugängliche Datenbank kann nach Sektoren sowie den genannten Parametern gefiltert und durchsucht werden. Sie adressiert sowohl die wissenschaftliche Politikberatung und Energiemodellierung als auch Akteure aus Politik und Verwaltung. Die Datenbank zeigt die vielfältigen Möglichkeiten auf, wie Verbrauchsreduktion – genauso wie Maßnahmen im Bereich Energieeffizienz und erneuerbare Energien – politisch unterstützt, gefördert und gefordert werden können. Sektorübergreifende Instrumente wie Bildungsprogramme, Kampagnen und der Abbau von klimaschädlichen Subventionen können neben Suffizienz auch andere Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien fördern. Die Senkung des Energieverbrauches kann auch direkt durch Anreize wie progressive Stromtarife oder Boni für Energieeinsparungen erreicht werden. Die Datenbank soll in Zusammenarbeit mit Partnerinnen und Partnern aus Politik, Zivilgesellschaft und Wissenschaft erweitert und weiterentwickelt werden.

15.03.22   |   FONA

Ehrenamt, Öffentlichkeit und Innenstadt bewegen Zukunftsstadt Lüneburg 

Das Zukunftsstadtbüro Lüneburg versteht sich zunehmend auch als Anbieter von Dienstleistungen für die Stadtgesellschaft. Insgesamt bietet die Zukunftsstadt eine Vielfalt an Medienkanälen an, um die Lüneburgerinnen und Lüneburger auf dem Laufenden zu halten: YouTubeFacebook und Instagram, und speziell das Experiment Servicestelle Ehrenamt auf Instagram sowie auf einer eigenen Website. Darüber hinaus berichtet die Zukunftsstadt-Sonderseite in der Lüneburger Landeszeitung, inwieweit in der Salzstadt das Bürgerbeteiligungsprojekt die Lehre an der ortsansässigen Leuphana Universität beeinflusst. Zahlreiche Seminare, insbesondere für Erstsemesterstudierende, befassen sich mit Aspekten oder auch Experimenten der Zukunftsstadt Lüneburg. Dazu gehört zum Beispiel das Thema Jugendpartizipation. In Lüneburg werden regelmäßig Kinder- und Jugendkonferenzen zur Beteiligung der Jüngsten veranstaltet. In Kooperation mit Verwaltung und Studierenden entsteht jetzt ein Video für diese Konferenzen. Es zielt auf die Vermittlung der Sustainable Development Goals ab. Für mediale Aufmerksamkeit sorgte auch das Experiment "Lieblingsplätze". Im Frühjahr 2022 soll mithilfe der Stadtverwaltung und der Lüneburger Bevölkerung ein zementierter Parkplatz umgestaltet werden. Die Zukunftsstadt betreut den Wettbewerb.

15.03.22   |   FONA

Vom Stadtumbauschwerpunkt zum Einwanderungsquartier? Neue Perspektiven für periphere Großwohnsiedlungen

Das Projekt "StadtumMig" untersucht am Beispiel von drei Großwohnsiedlungen in Schwerin, Halle (Saale) und Cottbus die Potenziale und Probleme von ehemaligen "Stadtumbauquartieren" im Wandel zu Einwanderungsquartieren. In einem Expertinnen- und Expertenworkshop wurde im Januar 2022 das Themenfeld "Interkulturalisierung" mit Vertreterinnen und Vertretern aus Kommunen und mit lokalen Akteuren diskutiert. Zwei Vorträge beleuchteten verschiedene Facetten der Interkulturalisierung, so zum Beispiel die Öffnung von Einrichtungen gegenüber Migrantinnen und Migranten und deren Einbindung in den Arbeitsmarkt. Es wurde deutlich, dass eine interkulturelle Kompetenzentwicklung und gezielte Diversifizierungsstrategien wichtige Aspekte bei der Entwicklung von Zuwanderungsquartieren sind, auch über die Quartiersgrenzen hinaus. Im Dezember 2021 fand mit zentralen Schlüsselakteuren aus den drei am Projekt beteiligten Kommunen der Auftakt für einen Transferworkshop statt. Unter der Überschrift "Beteiligung und Community Organizing" wurden Themen und Fragestellungen zur Arbeit in den Quartieren konkretisiert. Diese werden an drei in den Kommunen geplanten Terminen im Frühjahr 2022 anhand von konkreten Projekten in den Quartieren detaillierter beleuchtet und diskutiert. Die Erfahrungen aus diesen Projekten werden durch die Teilnehmenden aus den anderen Kommunen zu ihrer Arbeit in Beziehung gesetzt und auch wissenschaftlich gespiegelt. So sollen im Austausch untereinander und durch Impulse aus der Forschung Lernprozesse für Zuwanderungsquartiere angestoßen und eine interkommunale Vernetzung unterstützt werden.

15.03.22   |   FONA

Teilhabe benachteiligter Gruppen – durch integrative Wohnprojekte und soziale Quartiersentwicklung in Berlin

Die Integration besonders stark benachteiligter Gruppen wie Sinti:zza und Rom:nja in den Wohnungsmarkt und bestehende Nachbarschaften ist Thema des Forschungsprojektes "StraInQ" im Fallquartier Märkisches Viertel, Berlin. Die wissenschaftliche Evaluation des Wohnprojektes "Wohnen und Leben im Märkischen Viertel" für ehemals obdachlose Rom:nja-Familien konnte positive sozialintegrative Wirkungen für die Zielgruppe nachweisen. So haben sich der Zugang zu Arbeit und Bildung und die Sprachkenntnisse durch eine gesicherte Versorgung mit Wohnraum, wesentlich verbessert. Die Eigenständigkeit der Familienmitglieder konnte gestärkt und die Abhängigkeit von Transferleistungen verringert werden. Erfolgsfaktor ist besonders die enge soziale Begleitung der Familien durch soziale Einrichtungen. Mehr Informationen im → Projektvideo. Neben der Evaluation des Wohnprojektes fand eine umfangreiche Bewohnerbefragung zur Raumwahrnehmung und -nutzung sowie zur Bewertung des sozialen Zusammenlebens statt. Die Ergebnisse beider Untersuchungen fließen derzeit in die Entwicklung von Handlungsempfehlungen für einen kultursensible Transformation städtischer Quartiere ein.

15.03.22   |   FONA

Zukunftsstadt-Forschung für Ohren und Augen – SynVer*Z launcht Videos und Podcasts

Auf der Website, die vom Synthese- und Vernetzungsprojekt "SynVer*Z" betrieben wird, gibt es neue Podcasts zu entdecken. Verschiedene Verbundprojekte berichten von ihren Fortschritten und geben Einblicke in die BMBF-Zukunftsstadt-Forschung. Die Zuhörenden erfahren etwas über Urbane Produktion, Ankunftsquartiere oder Mobilität in Zeiten der Pandemie und können so ein Stück selbst in die Erforschung der Stadt von morgen eintauchen. Zudem präsentiert "SynVer*Z" eine eigene Video-Podcast-Reihe mit neun ausführlichen Interviews. Hier kommen Forschende und Praxisakteure zu Wort und beantworten Fragen rund um die Stadt der Zukunft. Welche Auswirkungen wird die Digitalisierung haben? Auf welche Folgen des Klimawandels müssen sich Städte einstellen? Welche Rolle spielen Reallabore und transdisziplinäre Forschung? Und wie funktioniert Projektkommunikation?

14.03.22   |   FONA

Suffiziente Stadtentwicklung in Flensburger Quartier – Partizipation der Stadtöffentlichkeit

Im Flensburger Sanierungsgebiet Hafen-Ost entsteht ein nachhaltiges urbanes Quartier. Der Planungsprozess wird vom transdisziplinären Forschungsprojekt „Entwicklungschancen und -hemmnisse einer suffizienten Stadtentwicklung“ (EHSS II) der Stadt Flensburg und des Norbert Elias Center for Transformation Design & Research begleitet. Am 1. Dezember 2021 fand eine Öffentlichkeitsveranstaltung zum städtebaulichen Rahmenplan statt, bei der drei Szenarien für die Zukunft des Quartiers vorgestellt wurden. Rund 150 Flensburgerinnen und Flensburger nahmen teil und diskutierten ihre Eindrücke in moderierten Kleingruppen. Die Partizipation der Stadtöffentlichkeit in der Erstellung des Rahmenplans wird gezielt gefördert. 

14.03.22   |   WSL

The KTT-Toolbox is out!

KTT Toolbox: Compact, handy, clear

Science is not an end in itself. Due to the urgency of the current climate and energy crisis, the research community has an increased obligation not only to develop new technologies, methods or processes, but also to render them accessible in time, or even better: to actively bring them into implementation. Funders increasingly call on researchers to engage in knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) in order to make impact and to stimulate the long-wanted change.


Despite numerous support measures, the possibilities of KTT remain underexploited. The KTT Toolbox helps to remedy this situation. The KTT Toolbox is a handy box for researchers and other restless people engaged in knowledge transfer. The box contains 30 cards with methods for interacting with stakeholders. Using a punch card principle and based on six criteria, an ingenious sorting function supports the search for most suitable tools (direction and information flow, group size, attention span, budget, previour knowledge, project phase). All tools are straightforward and immediately applicable. Additional tools can be added on blank cards.

10.03.22   |   Intereach

Intereach webinar video on Bridging User Experience (UX) and Team Science (stephanie Vasko) presented on March 8 is now available

The video of the great webinar “Bridging User Experience (UX) and Team Science” by Stephanie Vasko is now on the Integration and Implementation Sciences Youtube channel.

This video features Stephanie Vasko Senior UX Researcher with MESH Research and Managing Director for the Center for Interdisciplinarity both at Michigan State University in the USA. In the webinar “Bridging user experience and team science,” Stephanie presents an introduction to user experience design (UXD) & user experience research (UXR) and to key topics in these fields. She discusses how team science practitioners and researchers can integrate UXR and UXD both into their work and into growing their own web presence, using an interactive exercise and opportunities for group discussion. She also touches on her own UX career path and offers ways that UX is an exciting career option for members of the Intereach community.

The video is in a playlist called "Intereach webinar series" and will be posted on the Intereach website soon.

08.03.22   |   i2Insights

A vision for academia in 2050 & how to get there

A vision for academia in 2050 & how to get there are discussed by Careoperative and participants in “Transforming Academia" workshop at 2021 International Transdisciplinarity Conference. Key elements of the vision are: 1) transdisciplinarity valued on equal terms with mono-disciplinarity, with recognition of skills & community of practice, 2) porous boundaries allowing movement in & out of academia so “real world” experiences shape & advance academic practice, 3) entry & progress in academic careers is characterised by accessibility, diversity & transparency, with fair decisionmaking, 4) cooperation & team science are norm; research questions developed collaboratively with diverse range of stakeholders, 5) equal value given to a) scientific rigour, b) research impact & engagement & c) care towards self & others; with quality of contribution valued over quantity of output.

07.03.22   |   ISOE

Transdisciplinary research: how are context dependencies, innovative formats and methods, societal effects, and scientific effects connected?

In transdisciplinary research, context dependencies, innovative formats and methods, societal effects, and scientific effects have all been discussed at length. However, the discourse still lacks an integrative perspective on these four key aspects. This blog gives a glimpse into a new paper, in which the tdAcademy team provides an overview of each aspect and highlights relevant research questions.

07.03.22   |   ISOE

Wissenstransfer – Wissenschaftskommunikation – transdisziplinäre Forschung: der Versuch einer Orientierung

Der Wissenstranfer ist inzwischen eine anerkannte Leistungsdimension von Wissenschaft. Ein breit geteiltes Verständnis von Wissenstransfer fehlt allerdings. Dies wird gerade in jenen Bereichen zum Problem, in denen wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse wichitge Beiträge zur Lösung gesellschaftlicher Probleme leisten sollen. Das gilt insbesondere für die transdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung.

07.03.22   |   ISOE

Wissenschaftskommunikation im Themenfeld Bioökonomie

Die Weltbevölkerung wächst, gleichzeitig werden Ressourcen knapper. Eine Transformation weg von der Nutzung fossiler Rohstoffe hin zu einer an natürlichen Stoffkreisläufen orientierten Wirtschaftsweise gilt als unausweichlich. Aber wie kann dieser umfassende Wandel zur Bioökonomie gelingen? Wie erreichen die Informationen über ein biobasiertes Lebens- und Wirtschaftssystem die breite Öffentlichkeit? Wie kann Teilhabe an der Diskussion über Bioökonomie gelingen? Das ISOE – Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung hat im Zuge des Forschungsprojekts BioKompass Formate der Partizipation und Kommunikation im Themenfeld Bioökonomie untersucht und seine Ergebnisse veröffentlicht.

07.03.22   |   ISOE

Die integrative Perspektive in der transdisziplinären Forschung

Der Bedarf an transdisziplinärer Forschung ist groß. Der Forschungsmodus, der auf gemeinsame Lernprozesse zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft setzt, um gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen zu bewältigen, ist insbesondere in der Nachhaltigkeitsforschung gefragt. Der Ansatz ist jedoch komplex, sowohl was Methodik, Konzeption als auch die Kommunikation der am Forschungsprozess Beteiligten betrifft. Ein aktueller Beitrag im ISOE-Blog Soziale Ökologie zeigt zentrale Aspekte der transdisziplinären Forschung auf und gibt Einblicke in geeignete integrative Perspektiven. 

07.03.22   |   ISOE

Gutes Klima für die Zukunftsstadt? - Frankfurter Stadtgrün im Klimawandel

Lange Hitzeperioden, die das Klima in der Stadt unerträglich machen. Starkregen, der Straßen überflutet, U-Bahn-Schächte und Keller volllaufen lässt. Diese beiden gegensätzlichen Extremwettereignisse werden auch in Deutschland häufiger und setzen vor allem Großstädten und deren Bewohner*innen sichtbar zu. Klar ist: Ob und wie wir die Lebensqualität in den Städten halten können, hängt auch davon ab, wie wir mit vorhandenen Wasserressourcen umgehen. In der ISOE-Podiumsveranstaltung „Gutes Klima für die Zukunftsstadt?“ am 15. Februar 2022 diskutieren Bürger*innen und Expert*innen am Beispiel von Frankfurt am Main über Herausforderungen und Lösungsansätze für die klimagerechte Stadt. Die Veranstaltung wird im Nachgang auch als Video zur Verfügung gestellt.

03.03.22   |    I2Insights blog

Can cultural hegemony explain resistance to transdisciplinarity?

Using the concept of cultural hegemony to overcome resistance to transdisciplinarity is discussed by Livia Fritz, Ulli Vilsmaier and Dena Fam in their blog post. It 1) raises possibility that discipline-based assumptions, values & norms are the problem, 2) exposes what is considered as common sense in academia (eg legitimate knowledge) for discussion, 3) questions the obvious to see how far disciplinary hegemony dominates & permeates all values, norms & beliefs, 4) considers all humans as potential researchers to overcome hierarchies & unleash everyone’s potential, and 5) invites academics & civil society to organize & join forces to strengthen transdisciplinarity.

01.03.22   |   Swiss Young Academy (SYA)

Young Academy fosters Transdisciplinary Collaborations for Change

This year a new project on practical transdisciplinarity was launched: This project aims to help members of the SYA to foster inter- and trans-disciplinary collaborations with researchers from diverse disciplines in order to contribute to societal challenges. This project intends to provide all members of the SYA the opportunity to meet in an informal setting during a three-day, two-night retreat  in order to facilitate an intellectual exchange of how each of them approaches scientific research and how they imagine that their scientific work contributes to societal outcomes.

01.03.22   |   Intereach

Intereach webinar video on The Art & Science of Adjourning

The video of the great webinar “The Art & Science of Adjourning” by Anne Heberger Marino, Hannah Love & Alyssa Stephens is now on the Integration and Implementation Sciences Youtube channel. This is session 7 (the final) in a series on facilitation hosted by Hannah Love and Alyssa Stephens.

24.2.22   |   SNF

Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT)

Um medizinische Fragen zu beantworten, die für die Gesellschaft wichtig sind, gibt es das Programm IICT des SNF. Erstmals wurden Vertreter*innen aus der Öffentlichkeit in die Evaluation klinischer Studien einbezogen. Aufgrund des Erfolgs dieses Pilotprojekts wird der SNF prüfen, den Einbezug der Öffentlichkeit auch auf andere Förderinstrumente zu erweitern. Für 2022 ist eine neue Ausschreibung geplant.

22.2.22   |   td-Academy

International TD Summer School - apply until 28.02.!

In the summer school we want to convey the basics of co-designing solutions, co-producing knowledge and co-evaluating the results of such research practice to Master and PhD students from technologically-oriented disciplines (e.g. engineering, planning, environmental studies) as well as from other fields (e.g. social sciences). The aim of the summer school is to gain insight into the basics and challenges of transdisciplinary research and practice, that is to enable the facilitation of mutual learning environments where students, researchers, practitioners, activists and citizens (‘quadruple helix’) can engage together during the different steps of the transdisciplinary research process to contribute to sustainability transitions  of their organisations or communities.

Deadline for application is the 28 February - Apply now!

22.2.22   |   td-Academy


The tdAcademy - a research and community platform for transdisciplinarity - conducts research on central topics of transdisciplinary research and strengthens the joint production of knowledge. Their website supports the direct exchange of researchers through new community offers and information on events and projects. The tdAcademy pursues three objectives: a) Developing and consolidating state of the art insights within the transdisciplinary research community (“Research”) b) Providing high quality capacity building opportunities for transdisciplinary researchers (“Enable”). c) supporting and further developing the transdisciplinary research community by providing a space for exchange, reflection, collaboration, and new ideas (“Connect”).

22.02.22   |   i2Insights

Basic steps for dealing with problematic value pluralism

Helpful overview of values pluralism, plus strategies for managing problematic diversity in values in teams is presented by Bethany Laursen, Steve Crowley and Chad Gonnerman in their blog post. Problematic value pluralism undermines norms that govern projects & leads to missing or flawed guidance of actions in right ways with right outcomes. Identify whether values directly conflict or lead to conflicting actions or violate moral standards. Decide whether to a) give up, b) change project to avoid problem, c) select subset of values, d) compromise e) integrate new set of values. What strategies & tools have you found to be effective?

17.02.22   |   Focus Sustainability

New website and new programme — Supporting your sustainability engagement all semester long!

The national centre Focus Sustainability offers a wide array of opportunities for students and student projects to acquire and improve their expertise in sustainability engagement. Through workshops and programmes, you can immerse yourself in topics such as fundraising, social media, project management and dialogue with higher education institutions. All workshops and programmes are open to all students at Swiss higher education institutions and free of charge. Check out their spring semester programme on the new website!

10.02.22   |   CIPRA International

Securing the future of the Via Alpina

A modern information and networking platform (Okpal), improved safety and easier orientation along the trail: the Via Alpina, the transalpine long-distance hiking trail, is getting a makeover in 2022. The Via Alpina website will be developed into a modern information and networking platform in five languages, where all interested parties can find out and exchange information about hiking conditions, mountain huts and route guidance. CIPRA is launching a crowdfunding campaign to implement these plans.

10.02.22   |   mrd-journal

Mountain Research and Development Vol 41, No 4: Pastoralism and Rangelands in Mountains 

In this focus issue, studies from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Morocco, Argentina, Ecuador, and across the Andes investigate factors affecting pastoral social-ecological systems in mountains, and how societies respond to environmental, socioeconomic, and political changes. They present recommendations for action on behalf of sustainable development, especially toward enhancing resilience in mountain pastoral systems. The guest editors hope that the rich insights will spark multistakeholder collaboration and innovation to tackle the challenges facing pastoralists and rangelands in mountains today. The issue is available online and open access.

10.02.22   |   tdAcademy

Documentation of the Webinar on Hegemony in institutional transformation

In the webinar on December 9th, 2021, tdAcademy-Fellows Livia Fritz and Ulli Vilsmaier elaborated on and discussed the concept of hegemony in the work of Antonio Gramsci. At the core of the webinar was the question in how far it could be fruitful for analysing and supporting institutional transformation of universities towards inter- and transdisciplinarity. The slides of the presentation and preliminary theses from a work in progress are online now.

08.02.22   |   I2Insights

An effective systematic approach to formative evaluation of transdisciplinary projects

Such an approach is described by Emilia Nagy and Martina Schaefer in their blog post. It combines impactful research practices, impact heuristics and theory of change, starting with workshop to define theory of change by all involved, selecting particularly relevant impact pathways. Then impact indicators for 1st, 2nd & 3rd order effects are assessed for suitability, feasibility & manageability. Finally attention is paid to impactful research practices eg problem relevance, connectivity, interests, collaboration.

01.02.22   |   i2Insights

Developing cross-disciplinary teams with mutual learning

Developing cross-disciplinary teams with mutual learning is described by Eric Schearer & Gemma Jiang in their blog post. Their case study 1) uses individual coaching to move leader from “lone ranger” to “mutual learning” mindset, 2) structures process & design to think about communication, facilitation & involving networks, 3) uses developmental facilitation to shift team culture to building relationships & learning plus using useful tools.

31.01.22   |   TA-SWISS

Focus Climate - Partizipativer Workshop

Das Thema Klima ist in aller Munde. Es steht auf der Tagesordnung von Konferenzen und Podien, führt Schüler auf die Strasse, erhitzt die Gemüter und wirft viele Fragen auf. Der partizipative Workshop Focus Climate will einen kritischen Blick auf die Debatte werfen und darauf, wie über den Klimawandel informiert und kommuniziert wird.


Der Focus Climate fand in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Museum für Kommunikation im Rahmen des Projekts «Planetopia. Raum für Weltwandel» statt. Nun wurde der Schlussbericht veröffentlicht, welcher online verfügbar ist. Dort können Sie auch das Video zur Paneldiskussion nachsehen, welche im Rahmen des partizipativen Workshops stattfand.

27.01.22   |   ETHZ

Conclusions from 11 years of PSC-Mercator fellowship program: Evaluation report

The Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center finished 11 years of successful cooperation with the Mercator Foundation Switzerland. 8 fellows finished their theses and generated welcome inputs for policymaking in biodiversity, land use and agriculture, climate change in the alpine areas, applying a new barcoding tool to trace illegal logging of rosewood or international emission policies linked to deforestation. 

25.01.22   |   SNSF and SDC

SOR4D - SNSF and SDC launch new research programme for sustainable development

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swiss National Science Foundation have launched a new joint research programme called Solution-oriented research for development (SOR4D). The SOR4D programme has a budget of around 19 million francs and will run from 2022 to 2026. The first call for the projects will be launched in the first quarter of 2022. The new ditigal map research-earth and the KFPE Guidelines support researchers in establishing partnerships for this programme.

25.01.22   |   KFPE


For the first time, a new digital map called "research-earth" comprehensively shows Switzerland's diverse research partnerships with institutions in developing and transition countries. With such research partnerships, Switzerland contributes to dealing with global challenges and their local impact. The map makes it easier to establish new partnerships, make use of synergies and identify focal points of cooperation. The map was developed by the KFPE and the r4d programme. It can be constantly updated with additional projects and it is freely accessible to all.

25.01.22   |   i2Insights

Strategies to embed transdisciplinary research & education in post-Soviet systems

These are discussed by Tigran Keryan and Tamara Mitrofanenko in their blog post. They are: 1) encourage universities to play a societal role (societies are ready), 2) adapt academic systems so that less top-down, hierarchical & unquestioning, 3) make transdisciplinarity achievable practically eg ↓ teaching loads, ↑ admin support, 4) improve governance, esp ↓ political instability & ↑ university – decision maker cooperation, 5) boost local knowledge with international experience & start small with projects or courses.


20.01.22   |   eco-psychologie

La dimension transdisciplinaire de l'écopsychologie

Nous vivons aujourd’hui une période de bouleversement sans précédent où, après l’extinction de tant d’espèces vivantes, se pose maintenant la question de notre propre avenir. Est-ce que, dans un futur qui se dessine de plus en plus proche, la Terre pourra être encore habitable par les humains ? L’entrée dans l’Anthropocène, nouvelle ère géologique, nous met en demeure de retisser, dans de brefs délais, les liens qui se sont défaits.

Sortir de la pensée dualiste pour favoriser la connexion entre les humains et le monde autre-qu’humain est, depuis son émergence, la préoccupation du courant écopsychologique. Un chemin qu’il nous faut désormais parcourir avec attention. Une vraie révolution pour nos esprits, imprégnés de cartésianisme!

20.01.22   |   Dear2050

Klimawandel, Kunst und Meer

70% der Erdoberoberfläche besteht aus Meeren. Sie enthalten 97% des gesamten Wassers der Erde. Dear2050: Oceans on the rise ist eine Ausstellung zu Kunst und Forschung über die Meere im Klimawandel. Engagierte Klimawissenschaftler:innen treffen auf kritische Künstler:innen aus der ganzen Welt und erzählen berührende und spannende Geschichten, die die Meere aus einem völlig neuen Blickwinkel zeigen.


Vom 12. Februar bis zum 12. März in Schaffhausen.

19.01.22   |   University of Bern

Out and about sustainably in Bern

"Out and about sustainably in Bern" is a sustainable city guide for students of the University of Bern. The book invites students to consider what they need for a satisfied and good life and contains facts, ideas and tips in the areas of Sustainable Development.

19.01.22   |   SNF

SNSF and SDC launch new research programme for sustainable development

The SOR4D programme supports transdisciplinary research in collaboration with developing countries. It will run from 2022 to 2026.

Achieving the sustainable development goals set out in the 2030 Agenda requires new ways of thinking, innovative social practices and adapted technologies. As part of the UN's "decade of action", the SNSF and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the government have renewed their partnership for a further ten years in 2021. Central to this alliance is the launch of a new research programme: the Solution-oriented Research for Development Programme (SOR4D). Focusing on transdisciplinary research and the needs of development actors, it will aim at generating solutions, innovations and improved knowledge to foster sustainable development and reduce poverty in the least developed and low- and middle-income countries.

18.01.22   |   SEA-EU

Report on stakeholder engagement across the SEA-EU Alliance

How do European universities engage citizens, non-governmental organisations, public authorities and other societal actors in their research? This brochure compiles the experiences and the practices of the six universities Brest, Cadiz, Gdańsk, Kiel, Malta and Split. It becomes clear that involvement of stakeholders may not be just an additional burden for scientists, but brings benefit to both, to researchers and actors outside academia. To underline this approach, the 12 case studies of stakeholder involvement of the participating universities show a broad variety.

18.01.22   |   The CareLab for People & Planet

The CareLab for People & Planet

A new space for experimentation and co-creation within Education for Sustainability, following inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, has been created at NOVA School for Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal. The CareLab for People and Planet was designed within the project "Narratives of transformation" and aims to foster experiential learning with a caring mindset as the overall umbrella of all activities to unfold. Fostering inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration settings, collaborating with practitioners on locally relevant topics and capacity building & sustainability competences are the main goals amongst others.

18.01.22   |   i2Insights

How to set up a successful transdisciplinary real-world lab

This is described by Niko Schäpke, Oskar Marg, Matthias Bergmann, Franziska Stelzer and Daniel Lang in their blog post. Key issues are: 1) right balance between scientific & social goals, 2) needs, interests, restrictions of participants to be addressed, 3) active use of experiments, 4) proactive communication, 5) collaboration culture between science & society, 6) attachment to a locality eg neighbourhood, street, building, 7) creation of lasting impact & transferability, 8) sufficient time & money, 9) preparedness to adapt when circumstances change, 10) learning opportunities for everyone involves and 11) consideration of dependence on external factors eg local politics.

18.01.22   |   Intereach

Intereach webinar video on The art and science of changing organizational culture

The video of the great webinar “The art and science of changing organizational culture” by Ellen Fisher and Ellyn Dickmann is now on the Integration and Implementation Sciences Youtube channel.

It’s in a playlist called “Intereach webinar series.” 

This is session 6 (final) in a series on facilitation hosted by Hannah Love and Alyssa Stephens.

It will be posted on the Intereach website soon, along with the materials from the webinar.

17.01.22   |   SAGW

Interdisziplinär forschen - kein Kinderspiel

In der Praxis ist interdisziplinäres Arbeiten oft herausfordernd. Mann muss lernen Spannungsfelder auszuhalten und die Grenzen seiner eigenen Expertise anzuerkennen. Wie strukturelle Veränderungen in der Wissenschaft interdisziplinäres Arbeiten erleichtern könnten beschreibt Lisa Deutsch in ihrem Beitrag in der Rubrik "Das letzte Wort".

17.01.22   |   SCNAT

Sustainability Science Forum 2021: Accelerating Transformation

With the first edition of the Sustainability Science Forum on 30 November 2021 at the Eventforum Bern, SCNAT's Sustainability Research Initiative brought together key players in the field of sustainability research. The event was dedicated to the question of how science can more strongly and directly support the acceleration of change towards greater sustainability. A particular focus of the lively debates was on the more effective use of existing knowledge, the development of concrete pathsways for action against the background of the interdependencies between sustainability goals, and the strengthening of collaborative research, especially on the pressing open questions identified in the white paper "Priority Topics for Swiss Sustainability Research" by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

12.01.22   |   RWJF

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is a leadership opportunity for teams of researchers and community partners, including community organizers and advocates. These teams use the power of applied research—informing and supporting critical work being done in communities—to accelerate that work and advance health and equity. Their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

11.01.22   |   Cap au Nord

L'école face aux plus grands défis du 21ème siècle - Cap au Nord

L'école est la grande absente du défi global du climat et de la biodiversité. Si l'école est la grande absente des défis sociétaux, alors elle doit se réformer.


Cap au Nord veut montrer qu'un chemin est possible pour l'école afin de former les acteurs et actrices de demain à une éducation globale ou intégrale, seule garantie de l'avenir sur terre. Cap au Nord est une grande aventure humaine et scientifique. Projet pédagogique face aux défis du changement climatique, il est au service d'un groupe d'acteurs, enseignants, acteurs sociaux, voyageurs et scientifiques, qui s'engagent pour un nouveau paradigme qui donne la parole à la planète humiliée et aux enfants dans la construction du monde.


L'aventure Cap au Nord, intitulée L'école face aux plus grands défis 21ème siècle, a débuté en juillet 2021, lorsque 14 jeunes ambassadeurs sont partis en expédition en Islande. Cette expérience hors du commun a fait l'objet d'un tournage pour le film Cap Fantastic - Un éveil pour l'école et la planète.


Le film va être présenté partout en France les semaines prochaines.

10.01.22   |   Intereach

Intereach webinar video on Creating Conditions for Compassionate and Resilient Community Work

The video of the great webinar “Creating Conditions for Compassionate and Resilient Community Work” by Alyssa Stephens and Courtney Ngai is now on the Integration and Implementation Sciences Youtube channel. It’s in a playlist called “Intereach webinar series,” as well as in the “Team science” and “Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity” playlists. This is session 5 in a new series on facilitation hosted by Hannah Love and Alyssa Stephens. It will be posted on the Intereach website soon, along with the materials from the webinar.

05.01.22   |   SAGW

Swiss Federal Office of Energy to create transdisciplinary consortium on energy and society

The consortium is expected to be operative from 2023 to 2032. The call for pre-proposals is scheduled for February 2022. About 1,5 million from a total budget of approximately 8,5 million Swiss francs will be earmarked exclusively for research in the humanities and social sciences.
The development of the energy system is inextricably interwoven with the development of society and the economy. However, most models and scenarios traditionally used in energy research fail to consider aspects such as social practices, narratives, societal trends, voting behavior and new forms of political participation. Including these aspects could significantly improve the validity of simulations in energy research.
With this in mind, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is to create a transdisciplinary consortium, which will play a key role in the SFOE’s research funding program «SWEET».

04.01.22   |   SCNAT

Wie die Transformation zur Nachhaltigkeit beschleunigen?

Am 30. November 2021 führte die Initiative für Nachhaltigkeits­forschung der SCNAT das erste Sustainability Science Forum durch. Im Zentrum stand, wie die Wissenschaft vor dem Hinter­grund der gegenseitigen Verflechtung von Nachhaltigkeitskrisen zur Beschleunigung der Transformation zu einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung beitragen kann. Mit Forschungsförderern und anderen Stakeholdern wurden Prioritäten für die Nutzung von bestehendem Wissen und die Schliessung wichtiger Wissens­lücken diskutiert. Wer den Anlass verpasst hat, kann ihn jetzt nachträglich online anschauen oder den Tagungsbericht lesen.

04.01.22   |   SCNAT

Direkter Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft und Parlament über die neuesten Klima- und Biodiversitätsberichte

Auf Einladung der Nationalratspräsidentin Irène Kälin diskutieren die Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz die neuesten Erkenntnisse der Klima- und Biodiversitätsforschung direkt mit den Parlamentarierinnen und Parlamentariern. Im Zentrum stehen die jüngsten Berichte des Weltklimarates (IPCC), die Ende März vollständig vorliegen, und die kommenden Juli veröffentl­ichten Berichte des Weltbiodiversitätsrates (IPBES).

04.01.22   |   ISOE

Wie Pendeln nachhatliger werden kann: Ideenfindungsprozess für Reallabore startet

Das Pendleraufkommen ist in Deutschland in den letzten Jahren immer weiter angestiegen. Allein in der Region Frankfurt Rhein-Main pendeln täglich mehr als eine halbe Million Menschen, überwiegend mit dem Auto. Das hat nicht nur Folgen für die Umwelt und für die Gesundheit und Lebensqualität der Menschen, die pendeln, sondern auch für die Bewohner*innen in den sogenannten Einpendlerstädten. Im BMBF-Forschungsprojekt PendelLabor unter der Leitung des ISOE suchen Wissenschaftler*innen gemeinsam mit Praxisakteuren nach tragfähigen Alternativen zu gängigen Pendelroutinen. Nun hat mit den ersten Workshops in zwei hessischen Landkreisen der Ideenfindungsprozess für die Reallabore im Projekt begonnen.

04.01.22   |   ISOE

Deutsch-jordanisches Forschungsprojekt zu Katastrophenschutz bei Starkregen gestartet

Jordanien zählt zu den wasserärmsten Ländern der Welt und ist von Klimawandel und Extremwetterereignissen besonders betroffen. Starkregen und Sturzfluten führen immer wieder zu hohen Sachschäden und Todesfällen. Ein Forschungsverbund unter der Leitung des ISOE – Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung verfolgt das Ziel, Maßnahmen für die Reduzierung von Katastrophenschäden in Jordanien zu identifizieren, die zugleich geeignet sind, Starkregen für eine bessere Wasserversorgung nutzbar zu machen. Das deutsch-jordanische Team von „CapTain Rain“ hat Anfang Oktober in Amman die Forschungsarbeit aufgenommen. Das Projekt wird vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) gefördert.

15.12.21   |   mrd-journal

Mountain Research and Development Vol 41, No 3 available online and open access

Two articles in this open issue focus on ski resorts in the USA and how they can respond to climate change: one presents a voluntary environmental program for large resorts, the other analyzes climate change impacts and adaptation action. A comprehensive review of literature on adaptation action in mountain areas worldwide emphasizes the need to close the adaptation gap in mountains. Further articles present a scoping review of irrigation systems in the Upper Indus Basin; investigate environmental attitudes and perceptions of runners competing in an ultramarathon in the highlands of Iceland; and analyze the shear strength of purple topsoil under different land uses in the Three Gorges Reservoir area in China.

15.12.21   |   SCNAT

Direkter Dialog von Wissenschaft und Parlament über die neusten Klima- und Biodiversitätsberichte

Auf Einladung der Nationalratspräsidentin Irène Kälin diskutieren die Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz (a+) die neuesten Erkenntnisse der Klima- und Biodiversitätsforschung direkt mit den Parlamentarierinnen und Parlamentariern. Im Zentrum stehen die jüngsten Berichte des Weltklimarates (IPCC), die Ende März vollständig vorliegen, und die kommenden Juli veröffentlichten Berichte des Weltbiodiversitätsrates (IPBES).

15.12.21   |   i2Insights

Advanced skills in stakeholder management

Advanced skills in stakeholder engagement are discussed in part 10 of a new introductory guide to stakeholder engagement. Key are:

1) understanding and managing power and control eg working stakeholders who have indigenous or local knowledge, lived experience or other non-certified expertise esp creating conditions where can speak freely & contribute fully

2) work effectively with multiple stakeholders eg decide when to work with multiple stakeholders one at a time & when to bring them together through dialogue, modelling & serious games.

15.12.21   |   SNF

Switzerland remains a full member of the European COST Association

The COST funding programme supports scientific collaboration and networking in Europe and beyond. Researchers based in Switzerland can continue to participate in the programme.

14.12.21   |   University of Applied Science Vienna

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies. Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy, and Global Challenges

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (CDS) provides the opportunity to work on current societal challenges in a multidisciplinary degree programme, linking the approaches and methodologies of art, the humanities and social and natural sciences. In this sense, the programme is a reaction to the increasing fragmentation of academic disciplines, aiming to face up to 21st century challenges. Artistic strategies and approaches to art are our common disciplinary language.

14.12.21   |   FONA

Zukunftsstadt Lüneburg im "Zukunftsmagazin"

Die "Zukunftsstadt Lüneburg" ist ein Beteiligungsprojekt, in dem Lüneburger Zivilgesellschaft, Universität Leuphana und Stadtverwaltung gemeinsam Projekte umsetzen, die sich vor Ort den globalen Zielen für Nachhaltigkeit verpflichtet haben. Wie das aussieht, zeigte das "Zukunftsmagazin" der Uni, eine Gesprächsrunde mit Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern, Mitarbeitenden des Zukunftsstadt-Büros und mit Prof. Niko Paech. 


14.12.21   |   FONA

Fördermassnahme "BiodiWert" startet mit 17 Forschungsprojekten in die zweite Förderphase

Der Verlust von Biodiversität schreitet durch menschliche Einflüsse dramatisch voran. Damit gefährden wir die Grundlage für das menschliche Wohlergehen und Wirtschaften. Das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) fördert daher mit der Fördermaßnahme "Wertschätzung und Sicherung von Biodiversität in Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft" (BiodiWert) interdisziplinär und transdisziplinär aufgestellte Forschungsverbünde, die unterschiedliche Bereiche in den Fokus nehmen. Die von Beginn an eingebundenen Praxispartner aus Industrie, Handel, Landwirtschaft, Kommunen und öffentlicher Verwaltung sowie Zivilgesellschaft tragen maßgeblich zur Entwicklung und Umsetzung der Forschungsprojekte bei. Die Fördermaßnahme "BiodiWert" ist Teil der 2019 gestarteten "Forschungsinitiative zum Erhalt der Artenvielfalt" des BMBF. 

14.12.21   |   FONA

Thesen zur nachhaltigen Mobilitätswende in Städten als Diskussionsimpuls

Mit dem im Herbst 2021 veröffentlichten Thesenkatalog zur nachhaltigen Mobilitätswende in Städten bietet die Nachwuchsgruppe "DynaMo – Mobilitäts-Energie-Dynamiken in urbanen Räumen" einen Überblick über die zentralen Elemente, mögliche Wendepunkte und Erfolgsfaktoren, die sich im Rahmen der Forschung in Bezug auf die nachhaltige Transformation von urbaner Personenmobilität herauskristallisiert haben. Die Thesen zielen darauf ab, Transformationspfade in der Debatte um Mobilität aufzuzeigen. Es geht darum, den Dialog zwischen Umsetzenden, Planenden, Forschenden, Politikerinnen und Politikern anzustoßen sowie Probleme sichtbar zu machen. Dabei ist es ausdrücklich nicht die Absicht, Umsetzungsbarrieren einzelnen Akteuren zuzuschreiben. Vielmehr können die Thesen als Argumentationshilfen verwendet werden und zu guten Diskussionen beitragen, denn letztlich stellen die Thesen den Versuch dar, das Vokabular für die Mobilitätswende zu bereichern.

14.12.21   |   FONA

Wie Pendeln nachhaltiger werden kann

Im Forschungsprojekt "PendelLabor" untersucht ein Team aus Forschenden und Praxisakteuren unter der Leitung des ISOE, wie Pendeln nachhaltiger gestaltet werden und wie die Veränderung der Pendelmobilität einen Beitrag zur Mobilitätswende leisten kann. Konkret: Wie könnten Alternativen zu gängigen Pendelroutinen aussehen? Gibt es praktikable Lösungen, die für Pendelnde, Kommunen und Umwelt tragfähig sind? Hierfür will das Forschungsteam gemeinsam mit lokalen Akteuren nah an den Bedürfnissen und Praktiken der Pendelnden neue Handlungsansätze entwickeln, die die Veränderung der Pendelmobilität fördern. Ausgewählte Maßnahmen sollen danach umgesetzt und von Pendlerinnen und Pendlern erprobt werden.

14.12.21   |   FONA

Toolkit für Planung nachhaltiger Flusslandschaften mit naturbasierten Lösungen entwickelt

Flusslandschaften stehen vor großen gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen, wie klimawandelgetriebene Hochwasser- und Dürreereignisse, Defizite in der Gewässerstruktur und Wasserqualität sowie Biodiversitätsverluste. Die Idee, die Natur als Verbündeten zur Bewältigung von gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen wahrzunehmen, gewann in den letzten Jahren in Europa stark an Bedeutung. Wie naturbasierte Lösungen erfolgreich geplant und umgesetzt werden können, war allerdings bisher wenig erforscht. Im Rahmen des Projekts "PlanSmart" wurden Einsatzmöglichkeiten transdisziplinärer Planungsmethoden und -technologien erprobt, ökologische, soziale und ökonomische Aspekte von naturbasierten Lösungen evaluiert, Governance- und Finanzierungsmodelle untersucht sowie ein Prozess zur gemeinsamen Wissensgenerierung analysiert. Die Ergebnisse umfassen ein Toolkit, das naturbasierte Lösungen, deren Auswirkungen und Beiträge zu gesellschaftspolitischen Zielen beispielhaft illustriert und eine interaktive Erkundung von Prinzipien, Planungsschritten und Umsetzungsmethoden zur Planung und Verwirklichung von naturbasierten Lösungen in Flusslandschaften ermöglicht.

14.12.21   |   FONA

Empfehlungen für Politik und Wissenschaft zur Governance von systemischen Risiken

Systemische Risiken werden von der Gesellschaft oft widersprüchlich bewertet und unterschätzt, was dazu führt, dass die Politik verzögert Maßnahmen ergreift. Wie kann die Wissenschaft in solchen Fällen unterstützen? Ein Team des Instituts für transformative Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (IASS) hat Ursachen identifiziert und Empfehlungen für Politik und Wissenschaft zur Governance von systemischen Risiken wie etwa des Klimawandels entwickelt. Für die Wissenschaft ergeben sich für das IASS-Autorenteam zwei Aufgaben: (1) Entscheidungsfindungsprozesse mit Expertise unterstützen. (2) Bei der Risiko-Governance einen integrativen Ansatz verfolgen, um viele wissenschaftliche Disziplinen genauso wie Organisationen und Behörden zusammenzuführen. Ziel sei es, Kommissionen oder Steuerungsgruppen interdisziplinär, querschnittsorientiert und integrativ auszurichten. Einfließen müssen verschiedene Interessen, Perspektiven und Wertvorstellungen, um Risiken umfassend bewerten zu können.

14.12.21   |   i2Insights

Using the insider-outsider continuum to describe positionality

A useful description and analysis of the insider-outsider continuum is provided by Rebecca Laycock Pedersen and Varvara Nikulina in their blog post. The continuum is a handy way for researchers to describe their relationship with those they are researching (positionality). Positionality affects ethical & moral dilemmas plus dynamics of research. Outsiders have ‘fresh eyes,’ but lack lived experience & may not reach same depth of understanding or capacity to instigate change. Insiders may have access to insights unavailable to outsiders, but may miss taken-for-granted aspects of group’s practice. Researchers may sit in more than one place on insider-outsider continuum depending on which aspect of identity is considered & positionality may change during the research.

09.12.21   |   SFOE

Upcoming call: transdisciplinary consortium on energy research

Since the development of the energy system is inextricably interwoven with the development of society and the economy and most models and scenarions used in energy research fail to consider aspects such as social practices, narratives, societal trends, voting behavior and new forms of political participation, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy is going to create a transdisciplinary consortium on energy and society. The consortium is expected to improve the validity, efficiency, and transformative potential of energy research in the context of SWEET. The official call for proposals is scheduled for February 2022.

09.12.21   |   i2Insights

Evaluating stakeholder engagement

Essentials for evaluation are discussed in part 9 of a new introductory guide to stakeholder engagement. Key questions to ask are: Who is the evaluation for? What do we want to know? What resources & skills are available to conduct the evaluation? There are also key questions to ask when planning the research, during the research process and at the end of the research eg Why are we engaging stakeholders and what do we want to achieve? What is working well? Did we meet our aims? Were there unexpected outcomes?

09.12.21   |   i2Insights

Leadership and the hidden politics of co-produced research

4 leadership styles for negotiating tensions in researcher-stakeholder coproduction are discussed by Catherine Durose, Beth Perry, Liz Richardson and Rikki Dean in their blog post. Tensions occur between a) purposes of scientific work, b) practices of scientific work & c) how power is negotiated. Leadership styles are: 1) creative leadership addresses inequalities in power & sees relationships as precondition to creativity, 2) outcome-focused leadership focuses on getting things done & rejects group decision making, 3) visionary leadership characterised by empathy & giving everyone an opportunity to participate, and 4) egalitarian leadership creates shared inclusive processes, transparent structures & shared decision making.

06.12.21   |   I2Insights

Stakeholder engagement primer: 8. Generating ideas and reaching agreement

Four key tools for generating ideas & reaching agreement are discussed in part 8 of a new introductory guide to stakeholder engagement. They are 1) brainstorming to generate ideas with rapid fire contributions, no self-censoring & no discussion, 2) understanding the groan zone to allow effective management of transition from generating ideas to reaching agreement, 3) Liberating structures 1-2-4-All method for reaching agreement by distillation & synthesis, and 4) Gradients of agreement for ensuring all opinions are considered in soliciting ideas & reaching agreement. What tools have you found helpful?

02.12.21   |   Focus Sustainability

Future of Focus Sustainability: Share Your Ideas

Focus Sustainability, the new national centre for student engagement for sustainability, supports students at all Swiss Higher Education Institutions to get meaningfully engaged with sustainability. Focus Sustainability is inviting students and higher education institution representatives across the country to share their ideas on the question: What goals should Focus Sustainability pursue in its second project phase (autumn 2022 to winter 2024)?

To give space to the individual needs of the different higher education institution types (Universities of Teacher Education, Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts, Universities), Focus Sustainability organises three separate virtual meetings in March 2022 (check our agenda). To participate please send an email to by Sunday, 27 March 2022.

1.12.21   |   I2Insights

A tool for transforming resistance to insights in decision-making

A tool to improve team decision making is described by Gemma Jiang in her blog post. First understand how resistance is generated through unconscious ideas & opinions. Then use The Argument from LewisDeepDemocracy, to surface & transform them. Step 1 Gain agreement on process & set safety rules, Step 2 Say it all – get every side to “throw all the arrows” while others listen, Step 3 Get everyone to reflect on & own insights gained, Step 4 Build on insights generated to make better decision.

1.12.21   |   SAGSAGA

Fragebogen Unternehmensplanspielen und -simulationen an Hochschulen

Unternehmensplanspiele und -simulationen sind häufig eingesetzte Instrumente zur Unterstützung und Bereicherung der Lehre und Forschung an Hochschulen. Sie werden als Lernwerkzeug zur vereinfachenden, modellhaften Abbildung der komplexen Realität eines Unternehmens oder von Teilen des unternehmerischen Handelns verstanden. Ziel dieser Befragung ist es, einen Überblick über die curriculare Einbettung von Unternehmensplanspielen und -simulationen in der betriebs- und volkswirtschaftlichen Ausbildung an Hochschulen zu erlangen. Gehören Sie zur Zielgruppe und setzen Unternehmensplanspiele zu Lehr- oder Forschungszwecken ein, sind Sie herzlich zur Beantwortung des Fragebogens (Dauer ca. 15 Minuten) eingeladen.

29.11.21   |   td-Academy

Webinar: Hegemony in institutional transformation: Theses for discussion from a work in progress

This webinar is a space to explore the concept of hegemony in institutional transformation of universities, while also offering theses emerging from a work in progress by the tdAcademy 2021 fellows: Ulli Vilsmaier, Livia Fritz and Dena Fam. The online event takes place on thursday, 2 Dezember 2021 12:00 Uhr – 13:00 Uhr.

29.11.21   |   Marine Social Sciences Network 

Shark- human holistic research and Knowledge system​ (SHHRKS)

The lives and oceanscapes of sharks are highly threatened. The present way of creation and dissemination of knowledge is not having an effective impact on shark conservation initiatives. Consequently, Prof. Raj Sekhar Aich planted the seeds of Shark- human holistic research and Knowledge system approach (SHHRKS) a transdisciplinary, transmodal, tranceknowledge system multispecies approach in education, creation, analysis, and dissemination of shark knowledge and its application in policy. He explores the need for such an approach, the methodological considerations, and how such an approach can be beneficial.


Share your ideas for the next project phase of Focus Sustainability

Focus Sustainability, the new national centre for student engagement for sustainability, supports students at all Swiss Higher Education Institutions to get meaningfully engaged with sustainability. Focus Sustainability is inviting students and higher education institution representatives across the country to share their ideas about the question: What goals should Focus Sustainability pursue in its second project phase (autumn 2022 to winter 2024)?

To give space to the individual needs of the different higher education institution types (Universities of Teacher Education, Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts, Universities) Focus Sustainability organises three separate virtual meetings in March 2022. To participate, please send an email until 27 March to:

25.11.21   |   FOLAP

Was bringen Naturpärke?

Am 15. Oktober 2021 fand die 4. Tagung Parkforschung Schweiz statt. An der vom Forum Landschaft, Alpen, Pärke (FOLAP) organisierten Veranstaltung disku­tierten Fachleute aus Forschung und Praxis über die Wechselwirkungen zwischen Pärken und deren Umfeld. Im Zentrum standen die Fragen, was Pärke oder Biosphären­reservate brächten und wie nachhaltig deren Entwicklung sei, sowie die Erkenntnis, dass sich die Forschung an der Bevöl­kerung und dem Parkmanagement und deren Bedürfnissen orientieren müsse und möglichst transdisziplinär arbeiten sollte.

25.11.21   |   i2Insights

Stakeholder engagement primer: 7. Listening and dialogue

Two key skills – listening and dialogue - are discussed in part 7 of a new introductory guide to stakeholder engagement. Listening needs 1) open mind & willingness to accommodate multiple perspectives, 2) respect & curiosity, 3) suspension of automatic response, judgment & certainty in favour of learning, understanding & questioning, 4) a safe space allowing everyone to speak openly, 5) accurate documentation of key issues raised for research. Dialogue needs: 1) turn-taking, 2) exchange of perspectives, 3) seeking to learn & find common ground, 4) empathy to enquire about others, 5) self-reflexivity about thoughts, emotions & actions generated.

25.11.21   |   I2Insights

Theory and process for interdisciplinary undergraduate course development

Example of designing an undergraduate interdisciplinary course is presented by Ana Corbacho in her blog post. Uruguay’s @Universidad de la República provided the venue for intensive faculty & student training based on real world problems. Theories used were social constructivism, situated learning, academic motivation (MUSIC model), diversity. Faculty were trained in concepts of 1) interdisciplinary education, 2) problem-based learning, 3) academic motivation, plus team science & stress management, then worked in teams work to design problems for students to work on.

23.11.21   |   Hasselt University & COPERNICUS Alliance

Higher Education Summit 2021/22

Under the theme "Daring to transform learning for a future-proof economy" the Higher Education Summit in 2021 and 2022 will focus on research- and practice-related issues to realize an economy that strives for a safe and just world for everyone, within our planetary boundaries. On 9 December 2021 there will be a kick off with an online teaser and from 6-8 September 2022 a physical conference in Hasselt, Belgium will take place. Register by 5 December for the Teaser Event.

23.11.21   |   Stanford Social Innovation Review

Article on collective impact and equity

A decade of applying the collective impact approach to address social problems has taught us that equity is central to the work. John Kania, Junious Williams, Paul Schmitz, Sheri Brady, Mark Kramer & Jennifer Splansky Juster have updated the approach and show new perspectives.

19.11.21   |   Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

Alliance Hive

The WHO alliance on health policy and systems research in its system thinking activator programme (SYSTAC) has launched a social network “hive” to exchange experiences in systems thinking. The Alliance Hive is an exclusive platform to connect, network, engage and collaborate with the global HPSR community. There are some interesting overlaps for the td-community as well, have a look!

19.11.21   |   I2Insights

Stakeholder engagement primer: 6. Making engagement effective

Requirements for effective stakeholder engagement are discussed in part 6 of a new introductory guide to stakeholder engagement. They are: 1) ensure credibility of stakeholder contributions, esp quality & validity of a) other stakeholders participating & b) processes, 2) ensure relevance of stakeholder contributions, ie useful processes & outcomes that take stakeholder needs into account, 3) ensure legitimacy of stakeholder contributions, ie fair & balanced processes for all stakeholders, esp when conflict occurs, 4) accommodate stakeholder motivations, expertise & ability to participate incl. need for reimbursement, and 5) avoid stakeholder fatigue (eg over-reliance on same people) & disillusionment (eg failure to run good process & deliver on promises).

12.11.21   |   I2Insights

Stakeholder engagement primer: 5. Choosing engagement options

Questions for choosing how to engage stakeholders in research are provided in part 5 of a new introductory guide to stakeholder engagement. They include: 1) goals of research & engagement, 2) which strategy (eg consult or collaborate) is most suitable for which stakeholders, 3) is engagement for all or only some parts of research, 4) when in the research process is engagement optimal, 5) what do stakeholders want & can research accommodate it, 6) do stakeholders have adequate resources for engagement, 7) what exactly is involved, 8) is engagement proposed in line with available resources and 9) how will commitments made to stakeholders be honoured. Anything to add?

13.11.21   |   I2Insights

Webinar “20 Small but Game-Changing Strategies for Equitable & Inclusive Facilitators" - Video online

The video of the great webinar “20 Small but Game-Changing Strategies for Equitable & Inclusive Facilitators” by Sarah Stephens and Megan Jones is now on the Integration and Implementation Sciences Youtube channel. This is session 4 in a new series on facilitation hosted by Hannah Love and Alyssa Stephens.

9.11.21   |   SCTO

Regulatory Affairs Watch explores regulatory aspects of Patient and public involvement (PPI)

How is PPI approached in practice in the Swiss research and regulatory setting? How does PPI affect patient representatives personally and what challenges does it pose for them? What still needs to be done in order to more broadly incorporate PPI into clinical research and to adopt a truly participatory approach? The latest issue of Regulatory Affairs Watch explores this topic from the perspectives of various important stakeholders and contains concrete examples of how PPI can be integrated into clinical research as well.

9.11.21   |   I2Insights

Developing facilitation capacities in graduate students

How to teach cross-disciplinary facilitation is outlined by Gemma Jiang & Robert Hacku in their blog post. Apprentices need to learn to 1) make sure everyone’s voice is heard, 2) create psychological safety for questioning, 3) encourage deep listening, 4) make room to leverage collective wisdom to solve problems, 5) generate interactive dynamics, 6) hold space for reflection on team processes & adaptive strategies, 7) worry less about skills & techniques, instead gaining deeper understanding of interactive dynamics. Do you have experience to share?

4.11.21   |   SRI 2021

Watch sessions from the Transformations Conference 2021 and 2021 Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress

Register for free to watch sessions on the Transformations Conference 2021: Enabling Positive Tipping Points in an Uncertain World and the 2021 Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress which took place from June 12- 15, 2021.

4.11.21   |   I2Insights

Incommensurability, plain difference and communication in interdisciplinary research

A reconceptualization of incommensurability in interdisciplinary research is provided by Vincenzo Politi in his revisited blog post. Incommensurability: 1) occurs when disciplines offer incompatible solutions to a common problem, preventing collaboration & integration, 2) needs a dynamic & historical perspective as disciplines may become incommensurable and 3) is not only a linguistic problem preventing successful communication; instead it can be agreeing to disagree. Avoid presupposing that disciplines are incommensurable or that they are complementary. Do these ideas resonate or do you see things differently?

4.11.21   |   I2Insights

Stakeholder engagement primer: 4. Options for engagement

Five options for engaging stakeholders in research are provided in part 4 of a new introductory guide to stakeholder engagement on the I2Insights blog. They are 1) inform ie provide balanced & objective information about research & keep informed; 2) consult ie obtain feedback, acknowledge concerns & aspirations, advise re effect on research; 3) involve ie joint work to ensure concerns & aspirations are understood & considered, plus show how included in research; 4) collaborate (co-produce, co-design etc) ie equal partnership; 5) support ie provide input to stakeholder-led research. What has your experience been?

03.11.21   |   i2Insights

A framework to improve understanding of diversity in reserach groups

A framework to improve understanding of diversity in research groups is described by Varvara Nikulina, Johan Larson Lindal, Henrikke Baumann, David Simon, and Henrik Ny in their blog post. It covers: 1) epistemic diversity in forms of knowledge, thought styles & world views, 2) linguistic diversity which is affected by ideologies, social identities, power & agency and 3) cultural diversity including traditions, procedures & perspectives. Do you have useful lessons or tools to share?

28.10.21   |   i2Insights

Latest i2Insights blog posts

Stakeholder engagement primer: 3. Selecting stakeholders by Gabriele Bammer


How informal discussion groups can maintain long-term momentum by Kitty Wooley


Stakeholder engagement primer: 2. Identifying stakeholders by Gabriele Bammer

A quick guide to post-normal science by Silvio Funtowicz


Stakeholder engagement primer: 1a. Why a primer? 1b. Defining stakeholders by Gabriele Bammer


Boosting the transformative power of transdisciplinarity with quantum theory by Cyrille Rigolot


Communicating across organizational boundaries by Adrian Wolfberg


Combining and adapting frameworks for research implementation by Kirsty Jones and Sara Bice


Five questions to understand epistemology and its influence on integrative research processes by Katie Moon, Chris Cvitanovic, Deborah Blackman, Ivan Scales and Nicola Browne


Transdisciplinary integration: A multidimensional interactive process by Dena Fam, Julie Thompson Klein, Sabine Hoffman, Cynthia Mitchell and Christian Pohl


How can social network analysis benefit transdisciplinary research? by Leonhard Späth, Rea Pärli and the RUNRES project team


Six lessons for implementing technological change in developing country communities by Jonathan Ensor, Daniel Vorbach, Steven Johnson and James Moir


A tool for transdisciplinary research planning and evaluation by Brian Belcher, Rachel Claus, Rachel Davel, Stephanie Jones and Daniela Pinto


Principles for welcoming all voices by Keith McCandless


Connecting and building capacity in the transdisciplinary research community by Josefa Kny and David Lam

28.10.21   |   i2Insights

Selecting stakeholders: part 3 of a new introductory guide

Selecting stakeholders is part 3 of a new introductory guide to stakeholder engagement. Four considerations are legitimacy, power, urgency & practicalities. Legitimacy includes 1) potential value of contributions, 2) whose interests they serve, 3) who they represent. Power includes ability to contribute resources, support, prestige & acceptance or if they can exert force on research. Urgency includes importance, irreversible consequences or window for action. Practicalities include accessibility, willingness to participate, existing relationships, risk. What criteria have you used?

28.10.21   |   tdAcademy

tdAcademy: Webinar on "Action-oriented knowledge for sustainability"

As a kickoff of the tdAcademy Capacity Building event series Guido Caniglia (Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research) and Christopher Luederitz (Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University) shared fruitful insights into action-oriented knowledge for sustainability with us on September 21, 2021. They presented an approach to action-oriented knowledge for sustainability that is both integrated and pluralistic, and emphasized that a limited selection or disregard of certain kinds of knowledge and ways of knowing might hamper the creation of change.

25.10.21   |   i2Insights

Identifying Stakeholders

This is part 2 of a new introductory guide to stakeholder engagement. Suggests using a wide-ranging & inclusive process to reduce risk of missing key people and separating identification from stakeholder selection. Four useful processes are: 1) interrogating the problem & the research eg who is likely to be affected, who are decision makers?; 2) using networks to brainstorm, snowball, promote research through social media to invite stakeholders to self-identify; 3) using a checklist of stakeholder categories eg government departments, industry, NGOs, community groups; 4) building a mind map around main groups with subgroups radiating out in greater specificity. What have you used? Your input is welcome!

21.10.21   |   3rd World Congress on Transdisciplinarity

Synthèse et Bilan des 11 mois du IIIème Congrès Mondial Transdisciplinarie en ligne (13 et 15 octobre)

C’est avec beaucoup d’émotion que c’est terminé vendredi dernier notre IIIème Congrès mondial en ligne de la Transdisciplinarité.
Il a réunit pendant 11 mois 425 communicants de 46 pays totalisant  288 heures de vidéo, consultables gracieusement en ligne sur la chaine du Congrès.

En voici les synthèses et le bilan intégral, en plusieurs langues.




It is with great emotion that our 3rd World Congress on Transdisciplinarity ended last Friday.
For 11 months, it brought together 425 speakers from 46 countries for a total of 288 hours of video, available free of charge online on the Congress channel.
Here are the summaries and the full report, in several languages.




Es con gran emoción que nuestro 3er Congreso Mundial sobre Transdisciplinariedad terminó el viernes pasado.
Durante 11 meses, reunió a 425 comunicadores de 46 países con un total de 288 horas de video, disponible de forma gratuita en línea en el canal del Congreso
Aquí están los resúmenes y el informe completo, en varios idiomas.




É com grande emoção que nosso 3º Congresso Mundial de Transdisciplinaridade terminou na última sexta-feira.
Durante 11 meses, reuniu 425 comunicadores de 46 países totalizando 288 horas de vídeo, disponíveis gratuitamente online no canal do Congresso
Aqui estão os resumos e o relatório completo, em vários idiomas.

19.10.21   |   CDE UniBE

Transdisciplinary Learning for Sustainable Development - Sharing Experience in Course and Curriculum Design

Education can play a key role in advancing transformations to more sustainability. While this is widely acknowledged many lecturers are still unsure of what they themselves can do to promote it. This book provides inspiration and answers. It aims to show that if you’re a lecturer at a university or other higher education institution, there is so much you can do!

19.10.21   |   i2Insights

Key insights about post-normal science

These are presented by Silvio Funtowicz in his blog post. It is useful for decision-making on policy issues where facts are uncertain, values in dispute, stakes high & decisions urgent. It encompasses management of irreducible uncertainties in knowledge & ethics, plus recognition of different legitimate perspectives & ways of knowing. In post-normal science problems are set & solutions evaluated by criteria of the broader communities affected. How do these key ideas resonate with transdisciplinarity, systems thinking, action research etc? Your insights welcome!

18.10.21   |   Book

Time and the Rhythms of Emancipatory Education

The book "Time and the Rhythms of Emancipatory Education. Rethinking the temporal complexity of self and society" by Michel Alhadeff-Jones from 2017 is now available open access!

Time and the Rhythms fo Emancipatory Education argues that by rethinking the way we relate to time, we can fundamentally rethink the way we conceive education. Beyond the contemporary rhetoric of acceleration, speed, urgency or slowness, this book provides an episemological, historical and theoretical framework that will serve as a comprehensive resource fo rcritical reflection on the relationship between the experienc eo ftime and emancipatory education. 

If you are interested download it now for free!

18.10.21   |   LIFE URBANGREEN

What trees tell us

The cities of Rimini (Italy) and Krakow (Poland) analyzed nearly 90,000 of their urban trees by comparing location, species and age, ability to absorb climate-damaging CO2, and the amount of atmospheric particulate matter filtered by their leaves. Now the data – updated in real time per day and per year – on these ecosystem services is online.


The project is called LIFE URBANGREEN and aims at making the value of urban green spaces visible to citizens and increase efficiency of maintenance activities. The benefits that are being studied and quantified include the amount of particulate matter that trees filter out of the air and the amount of climate-damaging CO2 that is removed from the atmosphere. Cooling of the air in hot summer days by trees through transpiration and shading is also quantified and expressed in kWh of energy saved for cooling the same amount of air with an air conditioner.  In Rimini 26,534 trees were analyzed for the services they provide to the city, in Krakow a total of 60,828 trees. The data is now available on a public portal. It is one of the first portals of its kind in Europe, as it not only shows the location of the surveyed trees, but also the added value these trees represent for citizens and the urban environment.

18.10.21   |   MCBA

PLATEFORME 10 - Exposition temporaire

Francis Alÿs. As Long as I’m Walking (15.10.21 - 16.01.22)

"Dans ce projet comme dans ses déambulations urbaines, l'artiste révàle le potentiel profondément subversif du jeu et de la fiction et permet, à défaut de refaçonner le réel, de le penser autrement."

14.10.21   |   i2Insights

Importance of coproduction for overcoming knowledge asymmetry

The importance of coproduction for overcoming knowledge asymmetry when one partner is dependent on the deliverables of another is discussed by Max Kemman in his revisited blog post. It ensures that tacit knowledge eg of conceptual & methodological understanding, needs, practices and goals is taken into account and that trust is maintained. What strategies have you used?

14.10.21   |   i2Insights

New introductory guide to stakeholder engagement

Check out part 1 of a stakeholder engagement primer. Part 1 covers “defining stakeholder” and also provides a rationale for the primer. Stakeholders can be defined as those affected by problem being researched & those in a position to do something about it. Alternatively, they are those who can contribute to more comprehensive understanding of the problem, ideas for action and insights into supporting policy & practice change on the problem. Stakeholders can be individuals with specific knowledge or positions of influence, so that they are invited in their own right, or groups with formal, informal or self-appointed representatives. Your input is welcome!

14.10.21   |   INSciTS

Survey on Team Science Education and Training Resources

The members of the Education and Training Special Interest Group (SIG) of INSciTS (International Network for the Science of Team Science) have realized that at recent SciTS conferences, there have been many questions about how to find evidence-based and validated team science education and training resources.  To address this need, they developed a Team Science Education and Training Resources Survey and sponsored a panel to receive feedback from participants at the 2021 SciTS conference.   


The main purpose of this survey is to compile a list of current team science education and training resources (e.g., course syllabi, training and workshop materials, evaluation assessments) to share with the team science community. If you are involved in any aspects of team science education and training, please complete this survey by Friday, 11/05/2021 (11:59 PM ET).   Please share the survey with any others in your organization as appropriate.


They are not collecting resources at this time, but are exploring options for creating a resource repository in the future.

13.10.21   |   i2Insights

The value of quantum theory for transdisciplinarity

This is discussed by Cyrille Rigolot in his blog post. He suggests that the transformative power of transdisciplinary projects might be related to their ability to handle highly contrasting worldviews and that the quantum principle of complementarity can characterize profound differences in stakeholders’ worldviews not covered by incommensurability. This can also unify the 2 main strands of transdisciplinarity. He suggests that speculating about quantum theory for transdisciplinarity helps cultivate an open and humble mindset, ready for fruitful collaborations & creativity.


Mentoring Circles

Do you want to convene/catalyze small groups or teams of people from diverse backgrounds? Mentoring Circles as an approach for a collaboration among diverse teams might be what you need. Check out the following links to learn more!

12.10.21   |   Partizipative Wissenschaftsakademie

Seed Grant Projekte 2021

Durch die Förderung mit Seed Grants werden Entwicklung und Durchführung von partizipativen Projekten ermöglicht. Eine Bandbreite von Themen, Disziplinen, Methoden und Beteiligungsmöglichkeiten werden abgedeckt. Ab Herbst 2021 werden folgende Projekte mit einem Grant unterstützt:

12.10.21   |   Tercer Congreso Mundial de la Transdisciplinariedad

Tercer Congreso Mundial de la Transdisciplinariedad

Friday, 8 October 2021, India, Indonesia, and Italy

  • Round Table
    • "Tibetan cosmological models in the Borobudur tradition"
    • "Traditional knowledge in conservation at Borobudur"
    • "Ceremonial architecture and sacred landscape at Borobudur"
    • "Traditional medicines and healitng practices at Borobudur"
    • "Jawa ethnomedicine in the multicultural context of Bodobudur"
    • "Health and Spirituality: A Transdisciplinary Perspective on the Gender Equality in India"

07.10.21   |   i2Insights

The role of metacognition in effective interdisciplinary team work

This is explained by Machiel Keestra in his revisited blog post. Metacognition is needed to make everyone’s cognitive processes & mental models explicit. This reveals assumptions & knowledge gaps that other experts can help fill. It also allows team members to recognise & use each other’s non-overlapping representations & skills & to avoid groupthink. This requires time and effort. Prompt questions can help egWhat added value could humanities/social sciences/sciences have for your research? Why do you think your approach is optimal for solving the problem? Would an alternative be possible? Do you have doubts about approaches proposed by others?

07.10.21   |   Tercer Congreso Mundial de la Transdisciplinariedad

Tercer Congreso Mundial de la Transdisciplinariedad

Wednesday, 6th October 2021, India, Indonesia, and Italy

  • Round Table
    • "Material landscape and ancestral memory at Albagnano-Sacri Monit"
    • "Intangible Heritage of NgalSo healing practices"
    • "NgalSo as Mind-Body medicine for mental Health"
    • "NgalSo practice in Public Health and Cancer prevention"

07.10.21   |   Future Work Design


We believe that conflict is one of the most important and underrated skills of any collaborative team. Future Work Design created a series of short videos to help you pitch conflict as a practice within your team, practice a simple 5-step process to get better at it, and be strategic about when and how to intervene in team performance (spoiler’s not always about interpersonal conflict, even when it feels like it).

05.10.21   |   Team Scholarship Acceleration Lab

Collaborative Scholarship

It has been evident for some time that many challenges in scholarship require assembling teams, either large or small, to take them on. This is because the mix of skills required are seldom held by just one person or the effort involved needs to be distributed in order to reach an outcome in reasonable time. But effective team scholarship can be a challenge to create.

05.10.21   |   i2Insights

Improving boundary spanning and communication in team work

Improving boundary spanning by identifying & unpacking structural & conceptual organisational boundaries & how they affect communication is discussed by Adrian Wolfberg in his blog post. Structural boundaries include 1) formal authority, 2) specialised expertise, 3) external eg stakeholders, and 4) geographical. Conceptual organisational boundaries include 1) efficiency, 2) power, 3) competence, and 4) identity. The character of boundaries consists of 3 nested layers of communication: 1) syntax, 2) meaning or semantics, and 3) worldview.

04.10.21   |   Tercer Congreso Mundial de la Transdisciplinariedad

Tercer Congreso Mundial de la Transdisciplinariedad

Friday, 1st of October 2021: Arab Countries and Italy


    • "Promote sustainability through a complex approach in urban development to achieve the SDGs: Egypt's experience and projects"
    • "Culture and resilience in the post-COVID city"
    • "Citizen engagement for the rebirth of a popular district of Tunis"
    • "Spatial and social transformations of the Medina of Tunis"
    • "Development of Historic Districts in Tunisia: Alternative and Citizen Approach: Civil society/institutions experiences and interaction"
    • "From cities to global citizenship: a transdisciplinary educational program fro sustainable development"
    • "UNESCO LC: building bridges between Urban Regeneration and Learning Cities"

04.10.21   | Tercer Congreso Mundial de la Transdisciplinariedad

Tercer Congreso Mundial de la Transdisciplinariedad

Wednesday, 29th September 2021, Arab Countries and Italy

    • "Sustainable regeneration of the knowledge of the educational community"
    • "The Carrara Charter"
    • "Biella Green Deal"
    • "The candidancy project for UNESCO"
    • "The antifragile territories of the Central Apennines"

04.10.21   |   Plastir

n°62 de Plastir

Vient de paraître le n°62 de Plastir, la revue transdisciplinaire de plasticité humaine. Au sommaire, des articles d'Isabelle Elizéon (écritures de la multiplicité - des poïétiques transdisciplinaires), de Marc-Williams Debono (vingt mille lieux sous la terre - une esthétique mésologique nichée au coeur des réseaux racinaires), de Philippe Quéau (la conscience duale de Kant) et de Péguy Lumuene Lusilavana (de la clôture à la communication monadique: l'erreur de Leibniz).

04.10.21   |   CIRET

Dialogues transdisciplinaires dans l'éducation à l'environnement à partir de la notion de silence et de présence dans la philosophie Vedanta

L'étude fait partie de la recherche de maîtrise effectuée dans le domaine de l'éducation environnementale. Il commence par une réflexion sur les modes d'être occidentaux et les signes d'un paradigme occidental qui signalent d'innombrables crises, comme la crise du sens. De là émerge l'émergence du dialogue des savoirs et la rencontre avec les savoirs orientaux qui reflètent des recherches épistémologiques et ontologiques dans le domaine de l'éducation à l'environnement lui-même. A partir de l'interaction des connaissances qui se produisent à partir de la rencontre entre l'oriental et l'occidental, elle annonce une éducation environnementale qui se veut intégrale, en assumant la multidimensionnalité de la vie humaine comme nécessaire pour penser et agir de manière socio-environnementale, en intégrant les aspects sapiens et demens, et d'autres dichotomies enracinées dans le paradigme occidental, comme sujet/objet et matière/esprit. Afin de penser l'intégralité de la recherche du sens de l'être, des aspects tels que la connaissance de soi, le temps et la spiritualité sont énumérés. Ces termes sont le fruit de leurs réflexions sur l'éducation à l'environnement, et font ressortir un sentiment de non-dualité pour penser la relation entre l'homme et la nature.


Diálogos transdisciplinares em Educação Ambiental a partir da noção de silêncio e de ser na Filosofia Vedanta

O estudo é uma parte da pesquisa de Mestrado realizado no âmbito da Educação Ambiental. Começa por refletir acerca dos modos de ser ocidental e os indícios de um paradigma ocidental que sinalizam inúmeras crises, como a crise de sentido. Desponta daí a emergência do diálogo de saberes e do encontro com saberes orientais que, refletem buscas epistemológicas e ontológicas no próprio campo da Educação Ambiental. A partir da interação de conhecimentos que se dá a partir do encontro oriental e ocidental, anuncia-se uma Educação Ambiental que se pretende Integral, ao assumir a multidimensionalidade da vida humana como necessária no pensar e agir socioambiental, integrando aspectos sapiens e demens, e outras dicotomias enraizadas no paradigma ocidental, como sujeito/objeto e matéria/espírito. Para pensar a integralidade da busca do sentido de ser, são elencados aspectos como o autoconhecimento, o tempo e a espiritualidade. Esses termos desdobram-se a partir de suas reflexões com o campo em Educação Ambiental, apontando um sentido de não dualidade para pensar a relação humano e natureza.


30.09.21   |   ISOE

Soziale Teilhabe durch nachhaltigen Konsum: aus der Forschung in die Praxis

Jugendliche aus prekären Milieus gehören aufgrund ihrer ökonomischen Situation üblicherweise nicht zu den primären Zielgruppen des Marketings. Gleichzeitig sind für Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene beim Konsum eher Motive wie soziale Teilhabe und Anerkennung und weniger das Thema Umwelt handlungsleitend. Außerdem zeigen Forschungen, dass die soziale Teilhabe unterschiedlicher Bevölkerungsgruppen durch nachhaltigen Konsum verbessert werden kann. Vor diesem Hintergrund haben wir in unserem Forschungsprojekt NaKoDi untersucht, welchen Beitrag nachhaltiger Konsum zur sozialen Teilhabe von Jugendlichen und Menschen aus prekären Milieus leisten kann.

30.09.21    |   Publication

New article - Engaging with stakeholders to produce actionable science: a framework and guidance


The authors propose a conceptual framework to characterize common stakeholder engagement approaches used to conduct actionable climate adaptation research. This framework is intended to help researchers navigate and select the stakeholder engagement approach that might best fit their project objectives and provide them with a vocabulary to describe and justify their proposed engagement strategy more accurately. The set of relevant literature to support this framework is vast, and the authors would very much welcome feedback and collaboration around what they got right, what might still need additional refinement, and what they missed.

30.09.21   |   td-Academy

tdAcademy: Join the growing online community

The new tdAcademy website is a research platform and a gathering point for transdisciplinary researchers and research on transdisciplinarity. In the tdCommunity section, researchers with similar interests meet: you can network directly, find partners for collaborations, and draw attention to your own events. In addition, we collect projects together with you to create an overview of the transdisciplinary research landscape. More than 170 td-enthusiasts are already on board.

23.09.21   |   I2Insights blog

Idea tree: A tool for brainstorming ideas in cross-disciplinary teams

How to promote intellectual cross-fertilisation in cross-disciplinary teams using the idea tree method is described by Dan Stokols, Maritza Salazar Campo, Gary Olson and Judith Olson in their revisited blog post. The method is easy to use and helps interdisciplinary & transdisciplinary teams generate novel research ideas in a supportive, inclusive and time-effective manner.

21.09.21   |   Migrants4Cities

Urban Design Thinking im WebLab kennenlernen und ausprobieren

Im Projekt „Willkommene Perspektiven – Migrants4Cities“ sucht die Stadt Mannheim seit 2017 gemeinsam mit Migrantinnen und Migranten und mithilfe einer Methode namens Urban Design Thinking nach neuen Ideen für eine nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung. Ziel ist ein klimafreundliches, sozial ausgewogenes, wirtschaftlich prosperierendes und kulturell vielfältiges Mannheim. Auch für andere Städte kann das kollaborative und ko-kreative Format der Stadtentwicklung interessant sein. Noch bis Jahresende können sich Städte, die sich für eine Anwendung von Urban Design Thinking, die Aktivierung spezieller Teilnehmergruppen und das Umsetzungskonzept bei eigenen Herausforderungen interessieren, vom Projektteam dazu beraten lassen.

21.09.21   |   I2Insights blog

Five questions to understand epistemology and its influence on integrative research processes

How epistemology influences integrative research is discussed by Katie Moon, Chris Cvitanovic, Deborah Blackman, Ivan Scales, Nicola Browne in their blog post. Key issues are: 1) what we seek to create knowledge about eg determines what study & objects of study, 2) how we create knowledge eg underpinning beliefs, how justify beliefs, 3) who accepts knowledge as ‘true’ & how ie who is epistemic community (experts who agree on methods, results, truth claims), 4) depends if objectivist, constructionist, subjectivist (based on assumptions about reality, methodologies, analysis etc) and 5) data application (generalisable or context specific), how stakeholders incl marginalised engaged etc.

20.09.21   |   Pathways Initiative

Future Earth Pathways Initiative

Providing a space where we can discuss and reflect on the conceptual and practical implications of sustainability science and transdisciplinarity for research practices is a key objective of the Pathways initiative. In doing so this initiative also aims at developing and supporting agenda-setting, synthesis and capacity building activities around the co-development of pathways for sustainability. Finally, promoting the work developed by our community is crucial in assessing the ground covered so far, and to better chart our way forward into promising territories. The Initiative published the first newsletter and starts on September 23 the Pathways Forum, the bi-monthly online event.


Recommendations for building sustainable capacity and developing a clinical research infrastructure in Africa

The Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit, held 14–18 June 2021, brought together key global health actors to collectively discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the next steps towards the comprehensive mobilisation of all stakeholders for building sustainable clinical research preparedness and response capacities. It led to the development of eleven recommendations for capacity building and the development of a clinical research infrastructure in Africa with strong international collaboration.

20.09.21   |   Publication

Beyond Interdisciplinarity - Boundary work, communication, and collaboration

Beyond Interdisciplinarity examines the broadening use of core concepts across academic disciplines and other forms of knowledge. In this book, Associate Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity and internationally recognized scholar Julie Thompson Klein depicts the heterogeneiry and boundary work of inter- and transdisciplinarity in a conceptual framework based on an ecology of practices in transaction spaces. 

20.09.21   |   CDE and University of Bern

New app and city guide points the way to sustainable consumption in Bern

Students and CDE staff at Bern’s universities have developed a website and app that guide users to over 170 sustainable shops and restaurants in Bern and surroundings. The city guide "Nachhaltig unterwegs in Bern" is a sustainable city guide for students of the University of Bern. The book invites students to consider what they need for a satisfied and good life and contains facts, ideas and tips in the areas of Sustainable Development (in German).

19.09.21   |   Intereach

Intereach webinar video on Creating Conditions for Playful & Mindful Facilitation

The video of the great webinar “Creating Conditions for Playful & Mindful Facilitation” by Anne Heberger-Marino and Sarah Stephens is now on the Integration and Implementation Sciences Youtube channel. This is session 2 in a new series on facilitation hosted by Hannah Love and Alyssa Stephens.

13.09.21   |   KFPE

Nachhaltiges Unternehmenshandeln in Ländern des globalen Südens - Bericht

Vertreterinnen und Vertreter von schweizerischen KMU, Bund, Wirtschaftsnetzwerken, Zivilgesellschaft und Wissenschaft diskutierten an einem Stakeholder-Dialog wie schweizerische KMU im Globalen Süden nachhaltige Unternehmenspraxis umsetzen können und wie der Bund sie dabei (noch) besser unterstützen kann. Aussagen, Einordnungen und Empfehlungen aus einem Stakeholder-Dialog der KFPE.

13.09.21   |   I2Insights blog

Transdisciplinary integration: A multidimensional interactive process

Key aspects of transdisciplinary research integration are discussed by Dena Fam, Julie Thompson Klein, Sabine Hoffman, Cynthia Mitchell and Christian Pohl in their blog post. They include that integration 1) does not necessarily require coming to consensus on a contested issue & can include weaving, balancing & accommodating, 2) often requires researchers & stakeholders to question their epistemologies & make room for other truth claims, 3) can be one way, eg policymaker incorporating knowledge produced by researchers into decision making. What’s your experience, especially a) contextual factors eg resources, disparities, b) methods, tools & processes, c) role of learning, esp forms of learning, d) balance of different knowledge systems, incl indigenous & lay?

13.009.21   |   Mayo Clinic 

2021 Humanities in Medicine Symposium | Engaging Across Disciplines: Toward a Practice of Transdisciplinarity

Complex problems require complex solutions that challenge traditional ways of learning and model new strategies of making sense of both human experience and the findings of science. The 2021 Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Symposium seeks to optimize patient care by supporting the further development of transdisciplinary understanding. The registration for the Symposium is open.


tdAcademy: Join the tdCommunity platform + Webinar Action-oriented knowledge

The tdAcademy would like to invite you to join our tdCommunity on the virtuel platformHere you can create a profile, enter your projects into our data base and advertise your capacity building events relevant for transdisciplinary research. The aim of this platform is to connect reseachers of the global transdisciplinary research community and stimulate exchange.
You can also register for our first tdAcademy Webinar on Action-oriented Knowledge for Sustainability on September 21st 2021.

13.09.21   |   Tercer Congreso Mundial de Transdisciplinariedad (3CMTr)

All sessions of the Tercer Congreso Mundial de Transdisciplinariedad on Youtube.

Did you miss one of the sessions of the 3CMTr? You can watch all sessions since the beginning of the congress on Youtube.

08.09.21   |   I2Insights blog

How can social network analysis benefit transdisciplinary research?

Using social network analysis to show how transdisciplinarity “happens” is described by Leonhard Späth, Rea Pärli & RUNRES project team in their blog post. It provides insights into 1) how different kinds of knowledge are exchanged, esp systems, target & transformation knowledge, 2) what kinds of interactions occur, esp information provision, consultation, collaboration, delegation, 3) motivations for interactions, esp substantive, instrumental or normative.

06.09.21   |   SAGW

Resilienz gegen Desinformation im Online-Raum

Umfragedaten zeigen, dass Desinformation im Online-Raum nicht in allen Ländern gleich stark verbreitet ist. Welche Faktoren stärken die Resilienz einer Bevölkerung gegen die Verbreitung und den Konsum falscher Informationen im Internet? Die Kommunikationswissenschaftlerin Edda Humprecht und ihre Forschungskollegen Frank Esser und Peter van Aelst haben sich im prämierten Artikel mit dieser Frage befasst. Im Video spricht Edda Humprecht über die Ergebnisse und Herausforderungen ihrer Forschung.

06.09.21   |   SAGW

Soll Öffentlichkeitsarbeit in akademischen Karrieren eine wichtigere Rolle spielen?

Mitte Juli publizierte eine ExpertInnengruppe von Akademien Schweiz einen Bericht zur Wissenschaftskommunikation. Ein Podium im Rahmen von Science After Noon der Akademien diskutierte am 19. August einige zentrale im Bericht festgehaltene Herausforderungen für die Wissenschaftskommunikation in der Schweiz. Darunter die Erosion des Wissenschaftsjournalismus, die Verbreitung von Dis- und Misinformation oder die unzureichende Unterstützung von Forscherinnen und Forschern, die mit der Öffentlichkeit kommunizieren.

02.09.21   |   i2Insights blog

A tool for transdisciplinary research planning and evaluation

A transdisciplinary research quality assessment framework is presented by Brian Belcher, Rachel Claus, Rachel Davel, Stephanie Jones and Daniela Pinto. It is based on 4 principles: 1) relevance ie appropriateness of problem positioning, objectives & research approach for intended users, 2) credibility ie rigour of design & research process to produce dependable & defensible conclusions, 3) legitimacy ie perceived fairness & representativeness of research process, 4) positioning for use ie degree to which research is likely to be taken up & used. It can be used for planning & evaluation by funders, managers, researchers & evaluators. Find out more at the International Trandisciplinarity Conference 2021 on Sept 13-17.


02.09.21   |   MRD Journal   

Mountain Research and Development Vol 41, No 2 available online and open access

In this open issue, a case study from China shows how bird photography tourism benefitted both biodiversity and livelihoods. Research from the Indian Himalaya examines links between urbanization, hazards, and vulnerability. A global analysis offers insights into challenges for sustainable governance of mountains, and a study on Canada’s mountain systems provides a nationally coherent basis for research, policy, and work on social issues. Finally, another global assessment proposes principles and ways of developing a network of mountain observatories.

31.08.21   |   i2Insights blog

Principles for welcoming all voices

10 principles for revolutionising group work are presented by Keith McCandless in his blog post. These Liberating Structures principles are: 1) include & unleash everyone, 2) practice deep respect for people & local solutions, 3) build trust as you go, 4) learn by falling-forward (eg take small risks quickly), 5) practice self-discovery within a group, 6) amplify freedom AND responsibility, 7) emphasize possibilities: believe before you see, 8) invite creative destruction to enable innovation, 9) engage in seriously-playful curiosity, 10) never start without clear purpose.

30.08.21   |   i2Insights

July/August i2S News is out


Find out about great tools, journals, professional associations & networks, plus conference updates. This News features a great toolkit for multistakeholder engagement, a video on jointly conducting transdisciplinary research, the journals Citizen Science: Theory & Practice and Transdisciplinary Insights, the Citizen Science Association and the Global Alliance for Inter- and Transdisciplinarity and the 2021 International Transdisciplinarity Conference.

26.08.21   |   i2Insights blog

Harnessing tension in cross-disciplinary teams

This is discussed by Liz Clarke & Rebecca Freeth in their revisited blog post. It requires: 1) understanding tension is inevitable when problem requires high level of diversity among team members and when independent thinking & creativity are required rather than conforming to rules of scholarship for a discipline, 2) blending independent creative thinking with collective thinking by integrating, linking, transcending etc, 3) framing tension as a positive source of energy, creativity & learning and staying committed to the collective whole, 4) reflecting on own deeply held approaches, assumptions, beliefs & onto-epistemological framings looking for blind spots

26.08.21   |   i2Insights blog

The needs of transdisciplinary researchers and how they are filled by the new TDAcademy

This is described by Josefa Kny and David Lam in their blog post. Needs include: (for transdisciplinary community generally) networking, sharing projects & experiences, community- & capacity- building, and (for early career researchers) mentoring, sparring partners to improve ideas, failure forums & other ways of sharing challenges.

25.08.21   |   CSA

Citizen Science Association

The Citizen Science Association (CSA) is a member-driven organization that connects people from a wide range of experiences around one shared purpose: advancing knowledge through research and monitoring done by, for, and with members of the public. Citizen science – the most recognizable term for this practice – is expanding the reach, relevance, and impact of science in almost every area of inquiry; in the field and online; through local and global efforts. By broadening who can contribute to, shape, and use the tools and skills of science, these efforts can address questions with increased data and insight, develop shared social and scientific understanding of complex problems, and open new opportunities for shared discovery, scholarship, learning, justice, and action.

25.08.21   |   i2Insights blog

Recently published posts

Theory of change in a nutshell by Heléne Clark


A Partnership Outcome Spaces framework for transdisciplinary student-staff partnerships by Giedre Kligyte, Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Jarnae Leslie, Tyler Key, Bethany Hooper and Eleanor Salazar


Give-and-take matrix for transdisciplinary projects by Michael Stauffacher and Sibylle Studer


What is needed to institutionalise transdisciplinarity? by Gabriele Bammer


Trust at the science-policy interface by Chris Cvitanovic and Rebecca Shellock


System redesign toward creating shared value by Moein Khazaei, Mohammad Ramezani, Amin Padash and Dorien DeTombe


A new alliance between the natural and human sciences? by Sergio Mariotti


Navigating intercultural relations in transdisciplinary practice: The partial overlaps framework by David Ludwig, Vitor Renck and Charbel El-Hani


Core competencies for implementation practice by Sobia Khan and Julia Moore


Six ways to see systems leadership by Benjamin Taylor


Seven tips for developing large-scale cross-disciplinary research proposals by Gemma Jiang, Jin Wen and Simi Hoque


Why awareness raising campaigns cannot fix structural problems by Pei Shan Loo

25.08.21   |   i2S

Transdisciplinary research: jointly conducting research

Jointly conducting the research is the second of three distinct phases in transdisciplinary research on sustainability issues. It follows the first stage of framing the problem and is in turn followed by the third stage of exploring impact.

Jointly conducting the research does not mean that all participants carry out all steps of the research together. The collaboration of researchers from different disciplines and actors of various societal sectors in transdisciplinary research is a dynamic process. The form and intensity of involvement of societal actors and the collaboration between the disciplines vary while the project is progressing. 

25.08.21   |   i2S

Stakeholder engagement: 60 tools for multistakeholder partnership processes

Working with a range of people and organisations to tackle real-world problems and achieve change is the essence of multistakeholder partnerships. Multistakeholder partnerships coalesce around a shared problem, seek to involve all the key stakeholders, work across different sectors and scales, follow an agreed dynamic process and timeframe, establish expectations, work with power differences and conflicts, foster learning, balance bottom-up and top-down approaches, and focus on transformative and institutional change.


60 tools have been compiled to support multistakeholder partnership processes. The tools are provided as an online toolkit and in a guide, which also provides a comprehensive overview of multistakeholder partnerships.

25.08.21   |   i2Insights blog

A quick guide to theory of change

This s presented by Heléne Clark in her blog post: 1) it is a graphic & narrative explanation (program logic) of how & why a change process is expected to happen in a particular context; 2) it allows choices within an outcomes frame of reference so that activities can be chosen for their potential to achieve outcomes necessary to initiative’s goal; 3) it is a group process of reflection, surfacing assumptions, creating transparency & building consensus & 4) a product ie document of change model; 5) it has 4 basic quality control criteria – plausibility, feasibility, testability, appropriate scope; 6) it can be used before (planning), during & after (evaluation) an initiative. What’s your experience been?

24.08.21   |   HEG-GE

Survey on practices and needs in Open Research Data (ORD)

A call by René Schneider of the Haute Ecole de Gestion de Genève (HEG-GE) asks for participation in an online survey on Open Research Data in Switzerland. Within the framework of a swissuniversities mandate and in the context of the National Open Research Data Strategy, the HEG-GE invites you to participate in a survey on practices and needs in Open Research Data within different Swiss research communities.

The survey has been designed for researchers based in Switzerland. It will stay open until 29 August 2021 and should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. The data collected will be used only for this mandate.

24.08.21   |   Interview

Ein Leben zwischen Disziplinen und Kulturen

Manchmal fragt sie sich, ob sie hier in einem riesigen Freilichtmuseum gelandet ist: BinBin Pearce ist im kommunistischen China geboren, in den USA aufgewachsen und lebt heute in der Schweiz. Als Präsidiumsmitglied der Jungen Akademie Schweiz liegt der Umweltwissenschaftlerin insbesondere die Transdisziplinarität am Herzen.


«Jedes Mitglied sollte sich die Frage stellen, was es aus seiner Disziplin mitbringt und wie wir die Gesellschaft voranbringen können», sagt sie. «Dabei müssen wir überlegen, wie wir von unseren jeweiligen Einsichten profitieren und Silodenken vermeiden können.»

24.08.21   |   MINT.DT

Im direkten Dialog mit der Wissenschaft

Welche Forschung braucht die Zukunft? Diese Frage steht im Zentrum des Projekts «Science and You(th) – Wissenschaft hört der Jugend zu!». Zwei 8. Klassen aus Bern und Aarberg haben sich im Herbst 2020 unter anderem mit dem Thema «Krieg der Zukunft» auseinandergesetzt. Ausgehend von ihren eigenen Interessen haben sie Anliegen erarbeitet, die sie an einem gemeinsamen Online-Event mit Expertinnen und Experten aus der Wissenschaft diskutieren konnten. Der daraus entstandene Dialog ist nicht nur für die Schülerinnen und Schüler, sondern auch für die Fachpersonen sehr bereichernd.

Dieses vom Förderprogramm «MINT.DT» unterstützte Projekt von Science et Cité bewegt sich an der Schnittstelle von MINT und politischer Bildung. Die Vermittlung von Expertinnen und Experten erfolgt unter anderem über das grosse Netzwerk der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz.

20.08.21   |   Horizonte

Ohne sie geht Forschung nicht

In der Autorinnenliste von Publikationen fehlen sie. Sie gewinnen auch keine Nobelpreise. Doch für beides braucht es auch ihr Können. Fünf Angestellte ohne akademische Ausbildung erzählen von ihrer Arbeit für den wissenschaftlichen Fortschritt.

18.8.2021   |   Rootlinks

Studentische Organisation "Rootlinks"

Rootlinks ist eine an den 5 Zürcher Hochschulen (ZHAW, PHZH, UZH, ETHZ, ZHdK) aktive studentische Organisation, welche sich dem Thema Nachhaltigkeit widmet. Die Organisation verlinkt Firmen und Organisationen welche sich einer Nachhaltigkeits-Herausforderung stellen wollen mit einem interdisziplinären Team an Studierenden, welche während eines Semesters auf freiwilliger Basis gemeinsam erlernen diese Herausforderung anzugehen. In diesem Lernprozess werden die Studenten mit von uns organisierten wöchentlichen Teambuilding-Events, Workshops mit Fachpersonen und Mentoring Programmen unterstützt. 


Student organization "Rootlinks"

Rootlinks is a student organization active at the 5 Zurich universities (ZHAW, PHZH, UZH, ETHZ, ZHdK), which is dedicated to the topic of sustainability. The mission is to link companies and organizations that want to face a sustainability challenge with an interdisciplinary team of students who, on a voluntary basis, will learn in the course of one semester how to tackle this challenge. In this collective learning process, the students are supported with weekly team building events, workshops with experts and mentoring programs organized by us. 

17.8.2021   |   i2Innsights

Embedding Transdisciplinary student-staff partnerships to co-create curriculum & university services

What’s needed to embed transdisciplinary student-staff partnerships to co-create curriculum & university services is explored by Giedre Kligyte, Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Jarnae Leslie, Tyler Key, Bethany Hooper and Eleanor Salazar in their blog post. They argue for a participatory outcomes spaces framework focused on situation, knowledge, learning and relationships to measure impacts. They also highlight the importance of 1) deliberate relational work to establish true partnerships, 2) explicit reflexive processes to reframe roles & responsibilities and 3) a co-evolutionary approach to nudge universities to institutionalise such partnerships.

17.8.2021   |   Facilitation Guild and Intereach

"The Art & Science of Making Meaningful Moments"

Subtle strategies & creative conditions for effective & uplifting facilitation are presented by the Facilitation Guild and Intereach. Sessions are organised to learn the art and science of making meaningful moments through strategic and creative facilitation.  Learn subtle facilitative strategies and the creative conditions that enable us as facilitators and trainers to effectively bring people together and uplift them through the process.  The Facilitation Guild includes higher education professionals, science researchers, and small business owners who together have years of interdisciplinary experience as facilitators.  The goal is for you to leave with fresh ideas that could lead to big changes within your organization and create a lasting impact for others.

09.08.22   |   i2insights

Insights into Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in India and Brazil

How are interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity faring in India and Brazil? How do they differ from interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in the Global North? Are there particular lessons to be drawn from India and Brazil for the global interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary communities?
India and Brazil are among the most prominent countries of the Global South in the worldwide academic scene. Both have problems in common, but they have also singularities.

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