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3rd Action Workshop  1-2 Nov 2016 – Tallinn,    Interdisciplinary Futures Conference, 19-20, Jan 2017 – Lisbon,    1st Training School, 13-17 Feb 2017 – Barcelona  

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New Intrepid Members Publications Section

New Intrepid Members Publications Section

Please send us any publication,  report or blog that you have authored and which directly…

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Let’s Build And Expand Intrepid Stakeholder’s Network

Let’s build and expand Intrepid stakeholder’s network

INTREPID COST Action aims to bring together communities of researchers, urban policy-makers, practitioners and funding agencies,…

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Interdisciplinary Futures: *Open The Social Sciences…* 20 Years Later

Interdisciplinary Futures: *Open the Social Sciences…* 20 Years Later

We welcome proposals from scholars active in a variety of research fields, from history and…

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Participate In Our Collective Dictionary On & Beyond Interdisciplinarity

Participate in our collective dictionary on & beyond interdisciplinarity

Agree with a given definition, or add an alternative. (Deadline: September 16th, 2016).

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New Web Section: Intrepid STSM’s Blog

New web section: Intrepid STSM's Blog

Intrepid Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are almost completed. Check lastest post from our Intrepid…

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Let’s Co-create A Visual Library On  Inter/transdisciplinarity!

Let’s co-create a visual library on inter/transdisciplinarity!

Intrepid COST Action is looking for photos that represent interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. Thanks for…

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Big data meets small data

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Framing interdisciplinarity how (not) to collaborate across the science

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The use of academic research in planning practice: who, what, where, when and how?

By: Dominic Stead

The use of academic evidence in policymaking is certainly not a new issue – it has been a subject of enquiry for at least several decades. More recent is a trend of greater involvement of policy users in academic research, often based on underlying ideas that this will raise the quality of research, increase the influence of research on policymaking and/or improve the effectiveness of policymaking. Indeed, involving policy users in academic research to promote the co-creation of knowledge is an increasingly encountered requirement of research funding agencies across the world. This requirement not only places new demands and expectations on academics and policymaking professionals in the research process, it also adds to the importance of understanding the utilisation of academic research in practice. This contribution contends that the uptake of research evidence in planning practice is contingent on a wide variety of factors including the type of user and knowledge producer, the nature and origin of the evidence, the policymaking context and the user’s fundamental rationale for using research evidence. In other words, the use of academic research in planning practice needs to be closely considered in relation to questions about who (in planning practice) uses academic research, what sort of academic evidence is used, where it is used, when and how.


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Is interdisciplinarity '‘a term that everyone invokes and none understands’?

Certainly it seems that the discourse of the interdisciplinary is everywhere. Universities are busy promoting collaborative frameworks, breaking down subject barriers; research councils invite bids for funding on wide-ranging ‘themes’;  and everywhere there are ‘synergies’, ‘hubs’, and ‘centres’. Schools and departments are merged; individuals are physically relocated to work in close proximity with those from other disciplines. Horizontal networks abound. Discursively at least, the days of the disciplinary silo seem dead.

But definitions of interdisciplinarity are less easy to agree on.

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A new report by Lord Stern raises criticisms about the treatment of interdisciplinarity by the UK system of research evaluation (RAE)

‘The disciplinary “silos” embedded in the Unit of Assessment panel’ have meant that interdisciplinary research is often ‘regarded less favourably than mono-disciplinary research’, Stern says.

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Descobrimentos da Ciência da Informação: desafios da Multi, Inter e Transdisciplinaridade (MIT)

XVII Encontro Nacional de Pesquisa em Pós-Graduação em Ciência da Informação

Universidade Federal da Bahia

novembro 20, 2016 – novembro 25, 2016

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Interdisciplinary Science: A Coming of Age?

By: Roderick J. Lawrence

The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine

Large global challenges, such as climate change, require a comprehensive approach, part of which should be interdisciplinary research.

Interdisciplinarity is a word à la mode, as shown by the contributions in Nature‘s special issue on the topic (September 2015). However, the collection of articles and the statistics they present confirm that interdisciplinary science is still not mainstream: it is still rarely supported by funders of scientific research despite the increasing number of calls for interdisciplinary projects, it is still rarely taught in higher education curricula, and it is still not recognized by many academic institutions. Indeed interdisciplinary research is considered by many to be contradictory to the basic principles of the production of scientific knowledge.

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Imagine shaping your future

Author: Olivia Bina

An inquiry into how art and science can at times disagree about our future, and why it matters

Science and research agendas are an exercise in future thinking. They help to shape futures by planning to create the knowledge that will bring about desired change and transformation. For this reason, research policy, matters.

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Interdisciplinary research has consistently lower funding success

Nature, June 2016

By Lindell Bromham, Russell Dinnage & Xia Hua

Interdisciplinary research is widely considered a hothouse for innovation, and the only plausible approach to complex problems such as climate change. One barrier to interdisciplinary research is the widespread perception that interdisciplinary projects are less likely to be funded than those with a narrower focus.

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Innovative Approaches to Interdisciplinarity in Planning Education - Building Capacity to Respond to Interconnected Contemporary Planning Challenges


Teaching in the broad field of planning is one of the main activities of AESOP Member Schools. Thus, in 2002, AESOP introduced a prize (http://www.aesop which recognizes and encourages Excellence in Teaching. Through this award, AESOP celebrates and disseminates innovative practices in teaching in its Member Schools.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Nurturing solidarity in diversity: an interdisciplinary colloquium

University of Antwerp, November 23-24 2016

 Keynote speakers

  • Halleh Ghorashi (Full Professor in Diversity and Integration, Free University of Amsterdam)
  • Sharon Todd (Full Professor in Education and Interculturalism, Maynooth University)
  • Jonathan Darling (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Manchester)
  • Roberto Gonzales (Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
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Realising Just Cities – Co-production in Action

19–20 September in Gothenburg, Sweden

Mistra Urban Futures welcomes you to the conference, entitled Realising Just Cities – Co-production in Action. The conference addresses the emerging field of trans-disciplinary co-produced knowledge and research for sustainable and just urban transformations. The principal research activities of Mistra Urban Futures, with its five local interaction platforms, form a point of departure for the conference.

The conference programme will reflect the trans-disciplinary research ethos of Mistra Urban Futures, and the invited speakers will contribute academic and non-academic perspectives on co-production research methodologies and experience.

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Call for papers for a Special Issue: "Transformative Research and Development in Urban and Regional Environments - The Role of Science, Methods and Transdisciplinarity"


Edited by Susanne Elsen (1), Roland W. Scholz (2,3), Gerald Steiner (2), and Stefan Zerbe (1)
1 Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (campus Brixen), Italy
2 Danube University Krems, Austria
3 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland

Important dates: The deadline of submission is September 30, 2016. The Special issue is scheduled as Volume 3 in July 2017.
Please submit at

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Urban Futures: Leading Interdisciplinary Efforts in Urban Sustainability

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Joint Call of the JPI Urban Europe, supported by the European Commission

JPI Urban Europe’s fourth call – the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) – supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, is open as of December 16.

Three call topics are defined:

  • Concepts and strategies for smart urban transformation, growth and shrinkage
  • New dynamics of public services
  • Inclusive, vibrant and accessible urban communities

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Call for sessions for the 2016 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference

Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG)is pleased to announce that the call for sessions for the 2016 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference is now open.

The conference will be chaired by Professor Peter Jackson (University of Sheffield) and has ‘Nexus Thinking’ as its theme. The conference will be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, on Wednesday 31 Aug to Friday 2 September (with an opening reception on Tuesday 30 Aug).

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COST Actions are considered "highly interdiscplinary"

The first 40 Actions funded under the COST Association show a highly interdisciplinary nature, with almost half of the Actions being related to two or three main OECD fields of Science and Technology.

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Nature’s  Special Issue On Interdisciplinarity

Nature's special issue on Interdisciplinarity

Nature’s special issue probes how scientists and social scientists are coming together to solve the grand challenges of energy, food, water, climate and health. This special scrutinizes the data on interdisciplinary work and looks at its history, meaning and funding.

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3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2016)

Cambridge, Massachussets, USA – 14-16 September 2016

Venue: Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA

Following-up the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20):

Call open:

Registration open:

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