Kiel Marine Science

Lecture Series "Science meets society"

Nov 07, 2018 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4 (CAU), Audimax, Lecture Hall E



Ringvorlesung Science meets society

Transdisciplinarity Research: What, why and how.
Dr. Christian Pohl, ETH Zürich

The idea of transdisciplinarity is bothering scholars in various thematic fields since a long time. Through the years, different interpretations of transdisciplinarity emerged, each of them focussing on specific aspects of the transdisciplinary endeavour. The current understanding in (European) sustainability science equals transdisciplinarity with stakeholder involvement. This understanding has gained a lot of traction in the academic discussion over the last decades. The main purpose for such an approach to knowledge production is to support sustainable development of society in democratic countries. This approach comes with specific challenges, three of which are: joint problem framing, (knowledge) integration and exploring impact. Current transdisciplinary projects try many ways of how to meet these challenges. This is because there are no established or standardised approaches or practices. What is available (besides project examples) is a growing number of principles and tools. However, it is not yet clear how helpful these principles and tools are for researchers not experienced in using them.
Moderation by Prof. Nele Matz-Lück

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