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may 2019

td-net says goodbye and hello!

This month, we say goodbye to our long-time colleague Gabriela Wülser. Gabriela has been responsible for transdisciplinary competencies and methods for knowledge co-production in heterogeneous teams. She substantially contributed to building up our online toolbox. She now moved to the Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT to establish a new initiative on sustainability research. She is happy to have td-net on board as one of the new initiative's key collaboration partners. Gabriela holds a doctorate in philosophy of science and empirical science studies - on sustainability research - from ETH Zurich. We thank her very much for her good work and support, and look forward to further collaboration!

At the same time, we are happy to introduce Sibylle Studer, who has already taken over the lead of the project "Methods and tools for co-producing knowledge" from Gabriela. Sibylle studied Social Anthropology, Management&Economics and International Relations at the University of Zurich with field visits in Togo and Bolivia. After having completed her PhD in nonprofit management, she was involved in policy research for the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition  (SCCER CREST) and worked in interdisciplinary teams at Interface Policy studies Research Consulting. She is conversant with different stakeholder- and disciplinary perspectives on methods and scientific standards and looks forward to supporting the research community in its attempt to make research more societally relevant. Welcome to the team!

> Methods and tools for co-producing knowledge
> td-net team

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019

The conference is co-organised by td-net, > Mistra Urban Futures and the > University of Gothenburg and will take place in Gothenburg from 10 to 13 September 2019. The aim of this conference, Joining Forces for Change, is to bring together actors from different professional mandates, disciplines and sectors to engage and discuss on what we can learn from our collaborative  experiences, case studies and practices regarding wider societal transformation, methodological innovations and theoretical development. Our call for contributions was very successful, since we have received very diverse and high quality abstracts! Our selection will be communicated soon. Registration will also be available in the next few weeks on > www.transdisciplinarity.ch/itd2019.


Learning through failure – Participate in the survey!

The survey Learning through Failure in Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary projects – developed by our colleagues Dena Fam and Michael O’Rourke – aims to gain insight into participants' experiences of failure in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects and how the reasons for project failure may differ from collaborative projects that do not cross disciplinary boundaries. It was piloted and refined over the last few weeks to ensure it is relevant to your work as well as easy to respond to, and should not take you more than 6-10 minutes of your time. On the basis of you participating in this survey, this will be considered as informed consent, and that you agree with the purpose of the survey and how the data will be collected and used (> see detailed information on the survey). This project and ethics application was approved by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Please contact > Dena Fam for further information. Deadline: 10 July 2019
> Take the survey

About the new project SHAPE-ID

SHAPE-ID Partners at the Kick-off Meeting, February 2019

SHAPE-ID is an EU-funded project addressing the challenge of improving inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation between the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) and STEM and other disciplines. The project will examine best and poor practices in AHSS integration through a survey, extensive literature review and six learning case workshops with stakeholders, ultimately delivering a toolkit and recommendations to help policy makers, funders, universities and researchers achieve and better support impactful inter- and transdisciplinary research with meaningful AHSS integration.
Coordinator: Trinity College Dublin
Partners: ISINNOVA, ETH Zurich, the University of Edinburgh, IBL PAN and Jack Spaapen.
More information
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Call: Programm: „Begegnungszonen"

Interdisziplinäre Forschung braucht Kommunikation und passende  Netzwerke. Mit dem Programm Begegnungszonen unterstützt die Joachim Herz Stiftung Veranstaltungen für junge Naturwissenschaftler. Das Ziel: Sie sollen neue Arbeitsweisen und -methoden kennenlernen und gleichzeitig neue Kontakte knüpfen. Die Ausschreibung richtet sich an Organisatoren von Veranstaltungen wie Workshops oder Doktorandenschulen in den Naturwissenschaften. Die Anträge müssen von einer deutschen Forschungsinstitution kommen. Bewerbungsschluss: 
29. Mai 2019

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Seed Grants for participatory research

The Participatory Science Academy (Partizipative Wissenschaftsakademie, PWA) seeks to foster the collaboration between scientists and citizens. To this end, the PWA awards Seed Grants for the development and/or implementation of participatory citizen science projects. Teams of academic researchers from UZH and/or ETHZ and citizens are given the opportunity to jointly develop and/or carry out a participatory research project. Priority is given to projects which, in addition to the prospect of excellent research, show a high degree of participation. Next deadline:
3 June 2019 
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i2S News

The March/April i2S News is now available. It features the dialogue tool ‘Nominal Group Technique’ and an update to the tool ‘Assessing evidence: Strengths and weaknesses of grading tools’. The News also provides information about the Journal of Simulation, the professional association ‘Global Implementation Society’ and the network ‘International Network for the Science of Team Science.’ Information is also provided on the upcoming 63rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. These have all recently been added as resources to the > Integration and Implementation Sciences website
> I2S News

i2Insights blog

Interested in how to improve transdisciplinary arts-science partnerships? Or in understanding incommensurability in interdisciplinary research? How about tips to build a research impact culture? Find out more about adaptive social learning for systemic leadership or why you need to be more savy about values and statistical significance. 
> See the latest contributions to the i2Insights blog


25 May - 7 September 2019, Waldkirchen/Thaya
Kultursommer 2019 in Fratres

17 June 2019, Zurich
Workshop: Von der Idee zur Forschung – Erste Schritte in den partizipativen Forschungsprozess
(Anmeldefrist: 2. Juni 2019)

9-10 September 2019, Zurich
31st International Conference on Cancer Research and Therapy (ICCRT)

10-12 September 2019, Hanover
Herrenhausen Symposium – Positioning the Humanities in the 2020s

10-13 September 2019,
International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019

3-4 October 2019, Berlin
Interdisciplinarity Revisited

16-18 October 2019, Mississauga
Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice, and Action
(Deadline for abstract submission: 25 May 2019)

7-9 November 2019, Stuttgart
TRIALOG conference 2019 "Whose knowledge counts? The meaning of co-productive processes for urban development and urban research"
(Deadline for abstract submission extended to 26 May 2019)


Asayama, S., et al. (2019): Beyond solutionist science for the Anthropocene: To navigate the contentious atmosphere of solar geoengineering. The Anthropocene Review.
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Fiore, S.M. (2019): Collaborative problem solvers are made not born – here’s what you need to know. The Conversation. > Read more

Mader, C., et al. (2019): Transparenz normativer Orientierungen in partizipativen TA-Projekten. TATuP Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis, 28(1), p. 58-64. 
> Read more


Wang, V. X., ed. (2019): Handbook of Research on Transdisciplinary Knowledge Generation. Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global. > Read more

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Calls for papers


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