About the Summer School
Everybody is talking about it, nobody seems to know how exactly it is supposed to work: “interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, or even transdisciplinarity”. It seems obvious that complex research issues pertaining to climate change, infection control, public health, sustained biodiversity and gender imbalance require multidimensional input, i.e. contributions from more than one discipline, yet:
- to surmount “language barriers” between different science cultures: what works and what doesn’t?
- how can we avoid wishful thinking, what are the prerequisites for successful interaction between disciplines ? Is it “atmospheric”, is it “people”, are there insurmountable incompatibilities ?
- how can we profit from the experience made in the Leibniz Association by inititatives such as the Leibniz Research Alliances, the Leibniz Research Campuses, and other consortia confronted with similar problems ?
The Summer School will give Best Practice examples on interdisciplinary research, will provide meta-analyses of interdisciplinarity at work, and – most importantly – will allow participants to gain first-hand experience in interdisciplinary approaches to current research questions pertaining to health, climate, biodiversity and gender. Participants will be able to participate in up to two workshops. It is the aim of the School to asssemble, at its end, a Guide to “Good Interdisciplinary Practice” of value to all Institutes of the Leibniz Assocation.
The program of the Summer School is geared towards PhD students (third year and up) and PostDocs. Up to 50 participants will be accepted – so please do register early !! All disciplines are encouraged to participate. While no prior specialized knowledge is required to contribute to the Workshop agendas, all participants are expected to have an entirely open mind with regard to interdisciplinary communication and cooperation.