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Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net)

Newsletter no. 6

June 2020


News from td-net


50 years of trandisciplinarity - the demand is still current today


50 years ago an OECD working group developed approaches to inter- and transdisciplinary research. At that time, Switzerland played a key role in this process with the psychologist Jean Piaget. Now the OECD is presenting a new report and with Jakob Zinsstag (Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the td-net) Switzerland is once again playing a key role by contributing case studies from the Swiss research network.

Read more about transdisciplinary research or download the new OECD report - Addressing societal challenges using transdisciplinary research.


Publication Radar


Transdisciplinary publications again on the rise - td-net's publication radar shows that the constant upwards trend is ongoing! Sustainability and topics related to the environment are most prominent, and also public health, education, sociology, economics and linguistics show up in the top 20 research areas covered by TD publications. Go to the Radar


Methods matter! The functional-dynamic stakeholder involvement tool is online now!


The new method profile of the functional dynamic stakeholder involvement is available now in the td-net toolbox. This approach helps to specify which stakeholders are to be involved in which process step with which intensity. For each stakeholder, a dynamic thread of informative, consultative and collaborative interactions can be drawn along the research process.


Tour d'Horizon of Literature 2019: Reminder


From your point of view: What are the publications on inter- and transdisciplinarity published in 2019 that are especially relevant, innovative and/or provocative? 

Every year we invite experts of inter- and transdisciplinarity to recommend the most important publications in the field of inter- and transdisciplinary research, education and practice. These recommendations will be compiled and published online on our website as «Tour d'Horizon 2019». Go to the survey!

We would highly appreciate your recommendations!

The survey remains open until June 25.


International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2021


Save the date, the ITD 21 will take place 13 - 17 September 2021 in Zürich. The conference is co-organised by td-net and USYS TdLab of ETH Zürich.


#HES2020 - Reminder for Registration

 Join us for the Virtual Higher Education Summit 2020 (#HES2020) from 31 August - 2 September 2020. The international event addresses the question “How can we assure quality and transformative learning for sustainable development?" Registration is open until 3 July 2020. 


New events


Many events have been cancelled due to COVID-19


29. Juni 2020


SCIENCE after NOON - Fortschrittsmessung zur Erreichung der SDGs - Von den Indikatoren zu den neuen Datenquellen


Vortrag, Online ❯❯


25 June 2020


SHAPE-ID Webinar


Webinar, Online ❯❯


26. Juni 2020


Methoden und Tools für Ko-Kreation in der partizipativen Forschung


Workshop, Online ❯❯


2.-3. Juli 2020


Inter- und transdisziplinäre Lehrveranstaltungen planen


Workshop, Gustav-Stresemann-Institut Bonn ❯❯


14. September 2020


Altersfreundliche Umgebungen: Integrierte Wohn- und Sozialräume als Chance für alle!


Tagung, Bern ❯❯


21 - 26 September 2020


Course on Multilateral Diplomacy & Conflict Analysis: Techniques and Challenges


Course, Basel ❯❯


5 - 7 October 2020


PhD Course, Criticality in Research/Criticality as Praxis


Course, Delft ❯❯


4 - 7 November 2020


Art of Participatory Leadership


Workshop, Geneva ❯❯


14 - 15 January 2021


CitSci Helvetia 2021


Conference, Zürich ❯❯


News from the community


Story Completion exercices: An idea worth borrowing?


Story Completion is a qualitative research method. First developed by psychologists, it was subsequently re-conceptualised as a valuable method of accessing and investigating social discourses. Story completion is a useful tool for accessing meaning-making around a particular topic of interest. It is particularly useful for exploring (dominant) assumptions about a topic. This type of research can be framed as exploring either perceptions and understandings or social/discursive constructions of a topic. Story Completion could be useful for monitoring and evaluation purposes. They are a good way of identifying different stakeholders views of the possible consequences of an intervention. More information.


Guiding collaborative conversations and connections with probing questions


How to ignite collaborative discovery using 5 questions is discussed by Yulia Strekalova and Wayne McCormack in their blog post.

1) What personal expertise & interests are represented in the room? 2) What resources are available and can be freely shared? 3) What opportunities for collaboration emerge? 4) What are the Big Easy collaborative opportunities? 5) What specific small action will take place in the next 14-30 days?


Increased patient involvement and lasting networks in clinical research


Profound changes are reshaping clinical research not only in Switzerland but around the globe. These changes are creating new trends and opening up new opportunities. In response to these changes, the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (SCTO) wants to actively involve patients in clinical research and achieve an increased and longer-lasting collaboration between all parties involved in clinical research for the upcoming 2021-2024 performance period. These new priorities will be pursued with Cordula Landgraf who is a proven expert in these areas.

Watch the video interview with Cordula Landgraf.


Strategic Storytelling in TD-Research Projects


Communication is key for the successful positioning of ideas, innovations or projects. This is particularly true in TD-Research Projects which normally involve actors with different backgrounds, disciplines and interests (research, practical). Strategic storytelling is key for successful communication. Therefore, it makes sense to accompany TD-Research Projects with a storytelling approach.

Strategic storytelling comprises three elements:
1. Creating Identity with a good “key story”
2. Short “success stories”, illustrating what needs to be seen more of, to bring the “key story” to fly
3. Capacity in the project for storytelling.

Go to the Webpage or contact Dr. Pierre Walther


SHAPE-ID Policy Brief and Reports Now Available


The SHAPE-ID project (Shaping Interdisciplinary Practices in Europe) has recently published its final reports from a systematic review of academic and policy literature on understandings of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and the factors that help or hinder it, complemented by a survey with inter- and transdisciplinary researchers on European projects and interviews with policy makers. A Policy Brief distils the most relevant implications and recommendations from this work for policy makers. All reports are available here


Wie wirkt transdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung?


Das Forschungsprojekt „TransImpact – Wirkungsvolle trans- disziplinäre Forschung. Analyse und Transfer von Standards für transdisziplinäre Forschung" gibt ein Sonderheft der Zeitschrift Environmental Science & Policy heraus. In dieser Veröffentlichung wird aufgezeigt, wie die transdisziplinäre Forschung ihre gesellschaftliche Wirkung optimal entfalten kann. 

Zur Sonderausgabe - Mehr Informationen


The laws and Ethics of Algorithmic Bias in Healthcare


The Center of Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) and the Department of Computer Science (DIKU) and its Quality of Life Technologies Lab are excited to announce that their research proposal on AI@CARE: Laws and Ethics and Algorithmic Bias in Healthcare has been awarded funding from the UCPH Data+ pool. More information


Andere Wege für die Friedensförderung


Mit dem r4d-Programm (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development) unterstützen die Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA) und der SNF gemeinsam transnationale Partnerschaften von Schweizer Forschenden mit Ländern in Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika, die gemeinsam Forschung zu globalen Fragen durchführen. Resultate des r4d-Programms kombinieren wissenschaftliches Wissen und persönliche Konflikterfahrungen. Mehr Informationen




Fischer, A., Hantke, H. (2020)


Vom schwierigen Vergnügen, sich in der wissenschaftlichen Lehrerbildung zwischen verschiedenen Welten des Denkens und Handelns zu bewegen




Gibbs, P., Beavis, A. (2020)


Contemporary Thinking on Transdisciplinary Knowledge




Graf, E. M., Ukowitz, M. (2020)


Transdisziplinarität in der Coaching-Prozessforschung- Neue Wege der Zusammenarbeit




Marchart, O., Martinsen, R. (2020)


Foucault und das Politische. Transdisziplinäre Impulse für die Politische Theorie der Gegenwart.




Steuri, B., Bender, S., Cortekar, J. (2020)


Successful user-science interaction to co-develop the new urban climate model PALM-4U.






CitSci Helvetia 2021 - Call for ideas


All actors in the Swiss Citizen Science community and beyond are invited to contribute their ideas in different kinds of formats, including innovative ways to inform and interact. More information

Deadline for Submissions: 31 July 2020to the submissions page


Green Deal Funding Opportunities


The European Commission has recently launched a Green Deal Call that will mobilise research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition.

Deadline: end of January 2021 - More infomation


Agora - SNF


Es werden Beträge zwischen 5'000 und 200'000 Franken vergeben für Projekte, welche die Wissensverbreitung sowie den Austausch von Ideen und Meinungen über wissenschaftliche Forschung fördern.

Deadline: 1.9.2020 - Mehr Informationen 


Transdisciplinary Journal of Engineering & Science


The Transdisciplinary Journal of Engineering & Science (TJES)  invites perceived reserchers to submit specific research and educational accomplishments through Multidisciplinary-Interdisciplinary-Transdisciplinary (MINTRA) studies for possible publication in the TJES. More information


APA Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research - Call for applications


The American Psychological Association (APA) Prize for Inter-disciplinary Team Research helps to support an interdisciplinary research team that includes one or more psychological scientists in major roles.

Deadline extended to September 1, 2020 - More information


Call for Applications at the fellow Programme of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)


The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies posted their annual call for applications to join their Fellow Programme. During their stay, Fellows work with each other and with IASS researchers and get the opportunity to develop their ideas in an international community of eminent researchers More information 


Call for Submissions for Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies


The Association for Interdisciplinary Studies invites to accommodate more material to Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies - an international, peer-reviewed publication. More information


Call for submitting material to the AIS newsletter


The Association for interdisciplinary studies invites their members to submit material to the AIS newsletter, Integrative Pathways - especially material dealing with the affect of COVID-19 on higher education and the impacts of systemic racism. More information


Jobs and fellowships


Earliest Start: 1 August 2020


PhD Student in Computer Science & Digital Health


University of Geneva ❯❯


Deadline: 24 July 2020


To predoctoral researchers for a research project on educational inequalities (100%)


Jacobs Center, University of Zürich ❯❯

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