Transformations

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07.05.2018

“Brilliant Minds” for transdisciplinary sustainability research: ISOE Summer School for young scientists

A sustainable creation of the future calls for the knowledge of many, including numerous scientific disciplines, but also the empirical knowledge of social actors. The transdisciplinary research approach is considered successful when it comes to bringing together interdisciplinary and non-scientific knowledge. With its internationally oriented Summer School “Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations”, ISOE addresses the special challenges young researchers are facing in the course of transdisciplinary work. The Summer School is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and will take place from 29 July to 3 August 2018 at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg and in Frankfurt am Main.


Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations

Transdisciplinarity (TD) is regarded as a scientific answer to the complex social problems arising from human intervention in nature. The greatest socio-ecological challenges of our time include the loss of biodiversity, groundwater reserves and climate change. Practicable solutions are needed to stop this unprecedentedly rapid change or to shape a change towards sustainable development.

The TD research approach is suitable for transformation research because it crosses disciplinary boundaries and closes the critical gap between science and society by involving social actors in the research process. Research is understood as a joint learning process involving both natural and social scientists and partners from society, politics and business with the aim of producing knowledge that is as practically orientated as possible.

Transdisciplinarity: International top-level research and the promotion of young researchers

With its Summer School, ISOE wants to pass on its expertise of many years in TD research and is inviting young scientists to familiarize themselves with the theoretical foundations of transdisciplinary research principles, methods and design elements. In addition, new TD approaches such as Real-World Laboratories or Sustainable Living Labs will be introduced. Lectures, workshops and free spaces will be focusing on the exchange of experiences between young scientists and leading international top researchers.

At the same time, the format also enables the participants to gain practical experience using the example of the NiddaMan research project. The Summer School “Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations” is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and will take place from 29 July to 3 August 2018 at Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg and in Frankfurt am Main.

For further information please go to: www.brilliantminds2018.com


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