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Newsletter no. 1
January 2020


News from td-net


Innovative open online course on principles, processes and applications of transdisciplinarity


Together with seven universities and institutes of higher education, and the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries, td-net coordinated and co-produced the first massive open online course (MOOC) on transdisciplinary research.

The course starts on 30 March 2020 and presents transdisciplinary research as a living experience. With a basis on sound theoretical and methodological background, five outstanding projects illustrate promising different ways of dealing with complex societal challenges.

We are convinced that students, researchers and practitioners from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to learn how to do research that helps to overcome societal challenges. 

Take the opportunity, the course inscription is open now and free. More


Jetzt anmelden zur TD-Fachtagung


Die Fachtagung "Transdisziplinarität als institutionelle Herausforderung für Universitäten", welche das td-net mitorganisiert, richtet sich an Personen, die sich über Erfahrungen mit der Institutionalisierung von TD in universitären Strukturen austauschen bzw. sich über entsprechende Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen informieren möchten. Die Anmeldung ist noch bis zum 15. Februar 2020 möglich. Weiter


Akademien Schweiz in neuem Look


Seit Januar 2020 verfügen die Akademien Schweiz über ein neues Corporate Design und machen damit verstärkt auf die transdisziplinäre Ausrichtung aufmerksam. Weiter


New events




Versöhnt leben. Eine interdisziplinäre Konferenz 


Konferenz, Unitobler Bern 




Hybrid Talks zum Thema "Spekulation"


Vorträge, TU Berlin 




Einführung Citizen Science


Kurs für Doktorierende, Universität Zürich 




SynSICRIS Midterm-Veranstaltung


Universität Kassel 




Vertiefung Citizen Science


Kurs für Doktorierende, Universität Zürich 




Bürgerwissenschaften - Erste Schritte 


Workshop, Volkshochschule Zürich 




Partizipation in der Wissenschaft – Vertiefung 


Workshop, Volkshochschule Zürich 


News from the community


A sustainable Europe through transdisciplinary research


The Swiss Science Briefing, which will be held in Brussels on 5 February 2020, will present good practice examples for transdisciplinary undertakings from specific research projects in Switzerland and an OECD study with Swiss participation. It will complement these insights with the perspective of a major funding agency involved in sponsoring transdisciplinary research and the concrete steps taken by the European Commission implementing transdisciplinarity in Horizon Europe. More


Registration deadline for 3rd World Congress of Transdisciplinarity extended


Due to the great demand, the registration deadline for the 3rd World Congress of Transdisciplinarity was extended until 29 February 2020. More


New contribution to the Team Science playlist


The video of the webinar by Kevin Weinfurt on “Understanding and Managing Different Intellectual Personalities on Scientific Teams” is now on the Integration and Implementation Sciences Youtube channel. More


SHAPE-ID preliminary results of literature review


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 other Sciences, particularly Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

One of SHAPE-ID’s first objectives is to identify the different understandings and factors that help or hinder interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research within and between AHSS and STEMM. To do this, the team is currently undertaking an extensive systematic literature review. The preliminary findings of the literature review to date are now available.  More


New contributions to the i2insights blog


Are you interested in a framework for stakeholder engagement in research? Or how to detect non-linear change? Or would you like to find out more about the key requirements for interdisciplinary research? Check out the blog!  More


Foundation of Wyss Academy for Nature


The Wyss Academy for Nature is a transformation-focussed centre that aims to improve nature conservation in line with needs for economic and social development. Emphasizing innovation, it will engage directly with civil society, policymakers, and the private sector in four regions around the world. The Wyss Academy for Nature will be supported by the Wyss Foundation, the University of Bern, the Canton of Bern, and further funding partners over a period of ten years. More




Bammer, G. et al. (2020)


Expertise in research integration and implementation for tackling complex problems: when is it needed, where can it be found and how can it be strengthened? 



Bruhn, T. et al. (2019)


Frameworks for transdisciplinary research #9



Darbellay, F. et al. (2019)


L'interdisciplinarité à l'école



Juerges, N. et al. (2020)


German forest management stakeholders at the science-society interface: Their views on problem definition, knowledge production and research utilization



Krellenberg, K. et at. (2019)


Einmal Transformation für alle, bitte! Kommunen, Stadtforschung, Forschungsförderung und die Umsetzung der SDGs



Lotrecchiano, G. et al. (2020)


Communications in Transdisciplinary Teams



Vol. 39, No. 2 (2019)


Mountain Research and Development



Norström, A. et al. (2020)


Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research



Pohl, Ch. et al. (2019)


Exploring Julie Thompson Klein’s Framework for Analysis of Boundary Work



Visser, J. et al. (2019)


Seeking Understanding: The Lifelong Pursuit to Build the Scientific Mind





Eu-SPRI 2020 conference in Utrecht: Call for papers


The organisers like to invite you to submit paper proposals for the 2020 Annual Conference of the Eu-SPRI Forum. Please note the session "Programming public research for transformative missions". The deadline for paper proposals is 15 February 2020. More


FameLab Switzerland 2020 is open for registrations


Come and join FameLab 2020, the international competition for science communication and become the new face of science in Switzerland. Win the national competition and represent Switzerland in the international competition during the Science Festival in Cheltenham, UK, 2-7 June 2020. Apply by 21 February 2020. More


DLA Interdisciplinary Summer School: Measuring Natural Illumination


Apply for the Interdisciplinary Summer School “Measuring Natural Illumination”, 20-24 July 2020. Using Horace Bénédict de Saussure’s cyanometer for measuring the colour of the sky as a starting point, you will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of measurement and characterisation of light in the natural environment. Apply by 28 February 2020. More


How Can Education Contribute to Sustainable Mountain Development? Past, Present, and Future Perspectives


Mountain Research and Development is looking for contributions that address the title question by presenting systematically validated experiences, integrated analyses, and well-referenced reflections and suggestions regarding thematic issues, pedagogic concepts and methods, formal and informal practices, institutional setups, and policy frameworks. Submit your paper by 31 March 2020. More


APA Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research


The American Psychological Association Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research recognises an interdisciplinary research team that includes one or more psychological scientists in major roles and has produced significant scientific work.

Interdisciplinary research is becoming increasingly prominent across all areas of science. Application deadline: 1 May 2020. More


Jobs and fellowships


Deadline: 30 January 2020


Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Science 


KLI Center of Advanced Studies in the Life and Sustainability Sciences, Klosterneuburg 


Frist: 7. Februar 2020


Leitung Ressort Ethik


Schweizerische Akademie der Medizinischen Wissenschaften, Bern 


Frist: 9. Februar 2020


ProfessorIn Praxisentwicklung und Implementierungs-forschung


Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Olten 


Deadline: 13 February 2020


Professorship for Social Ecology / Transdisciplinary Research on Society-Nature Relations


Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Frankfurt am Main 


Frist: 15. Februar 2020




Institut für Medizingeschichte und Wissenschaftsforschung, Universität zu Lübeck 


Deadline: 16 February 2020




Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership, Stuttgart 


Deadline: 24 February 2020


Sustainability Fellowship


Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam