In this file, researchers and lecturers as well as young academics can find information on methodological approaches and the ongoing discourse in the transdisciplinary community. Research funding institutions and representatives of civil society will also find information on the forms and processes of research partnerships. The contents are the responsibility of the Network for Transdisciplinary Research of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.
What is transdisciplinary research?
As it was developed in several fields, there is not just one way to explain what transdisciplinary research is. When focusing on addressing societal challenges, it aims at transgressing boundaries between scientific disciplines as well as between science and practice. It does so to develop knowledge that can help to solve, mitigate, or prevent societal challenges. In a nutshell, transdisciplinary research links societal problem solving with scientific knowledge production in a process of co-producing knowledge.
Why transdisciplinary research?
In today's world, we face complex challenges. Science is increasingly requested to find approaches to help to overcome them. But what kind of knowledge and research can help to address such complex societal challenges? Transdisciplinary research is increasingly seen as a promising approach to achieve this goal, as it integrates different perspectives, including different academic disciplines and non-academic knowledge. It brings together scientists, decision-makers, and affected people to analyse the problems, develop what they envision as desirable futures, and work on strategies and actions supporting the necessary changes.
What does TD-Research create?
In order to help to overcome societal challenges transdisciplinary research does not only create knowledge to understand a problem. It also generates knowledge that helps to overcome the problem. Therefore, it is important to produce three different kinds of knowledge: ‘Systems knowledge’ refers to analytical and descriptive knowledge about the actual state of the system. With ‘target knowledge’ we describe knowledge about desired future developments of the system. Finally, ‘transformation knowledge’ refers the knowledge about how we can move from the actual state to the more desirable state.
In recent years, the number of published articles with a reference to inter- and transdisciplinarity in English-language journals has increased significantly. It has therefore become difficult to maintain an overview. since 1970
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This communication present the background and core elements of the 2021 edition of the International Transdisciplinarity Conference. Beginning with a brief history of how the event was initiated and the role played by saguf in supporting its development, we then detail the main features of the conference and its relevance for transdisciplinary sustainability research and education.
Welche Rolle spielte die Wissenschaft zur Bewältigung der Covid-19-Pandemie von Januar bis Dezember 2020? Was war in der Schweiz anders in Vergleichsländern? Wo besteht Handlungsbedarf für die Zukunft? Die umfassende Studie zur Reaktion der Wissenschaft auf die Covid-19-Pandemie zieht eine positive Bilanz und ortet zugleich Optimierungsbedarf für die Rahmenbedingungen der Wissenschaftlichen Politikberatung in der Schweiz.
Again this year, the Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net) welcomed experts in the field of inter- and transdisciplinarity, education and practice to name key literature from 2020.Image: Pixabay
Transdisciplinary publications continuously on the rise! The publication radar of the Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net) shows that the upward trend is ongoing.Image: Pixabay
Die Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz und das Staatssekretariat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation haben ihre Leistungsvereinbarung 2021–24 mit einem Betrag von 196,6 Millionen Franken unterzeichnet. Im Zentrum stehen gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen wie nachhaltige Entwicklung, Food 4.0 oder Gesundheitssysteme. Themen, die dank dem Netzwerk von über 100'000 Milizpersonen disziplinenübergreifend angegangen werden können.Image: Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz
swissuniversities, the Swiss National Science Foundation and Innosuisse - the Swiss Innovation Agency - have jointly drawn up a Code of Conduct for Scientific Integrity under the auspices of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. It takes into account new developments in science, facilitates cooperation across institutional borders and strengthens quality assurance in research.Image: Push'nPull, a+
The ITD Alliance will provide a vehicle to increase visibility and coalesce work currently dispersed across continents. In this way, the Alliance will serve to catalyze greater collaboration focused on societal problem solving and understanding of complex issues. As a founding member, the td-net is in close contact with the ITD Alliance.