Transdisciplinary (TD) research is a mode of collaborative, interdisciplinary knowledge production aimed at contributing to real-world problems (Pohl and Hirsch Hadorn 2007, Hirsch Hadorn et al. 2008, Lang et al. 2012). TD research is built upon two assumptions: 1) Science can and should play a part in untangling societal dilemmas, and 2) a diverse knowledge base is needed to solve these problems - an openness to crossing disciplinary boundaries and finding ways of effectively working with diverse perspectives of key societal actors are assumed. TD is just one of many approaches in which research is put to the service of confronting societal challenges. Others include action research, mode 2 research, emancipatory research, implementation science and other forms of participatory research. Within the landscape of TD research itself, a rich variety of approaches and perspectives also exist.
This project intends to provide all members of the SYA the opportunity to meet in an informal setting during a three-day, two-night retreat in order to facilitate an intellectual exchange of how each of them approaches scientific research and how they imagine that their scientific work contributes to societal outcomes. Additionally, they will develop "transdisciplinary tandem talks" in which two or three members of the SYA will present how they approach identified concepts, e.g. "freedom", "sustainable development", etc. from different disciplinary perspectives, in cooperation with td-net or as a stand-alone event, accessible to the public. Additionally, they would like to initiate the process of creating a transdisciplinary publication (print and open access) that is the ouput of the discussions and tandem talks. The project will also initiate the first steps towards setting up a “SYA TD collaboration platform” that helps members to find collaborators for inter- and trans-disciplinary research grant opportunities.
Gustavo Augustin Ruiz Buendia