TRED conference 2023: Co-creating space for collaborative research and learning to inspire, interact and integrate
We are happy to announce this first TRED conference that will take place on June 12-14th, 2023 in Wageningen (the 12th is online).
In this interactive conference, we will not just discuss inter- and transdisciplinarity, we will also dig deeper into the fundamentals of inter- and transdisciplinary science, create a safe space for dialogue, make time for hands-on explorations of different approaches, and experiment with transdisciplinary processes through mini-hackathons.
Climate change, the transition to a circular economy, and issues concerning human health, are examples of challenges we need to address in our society these days. These issues are both urgent and complex and require the integration of different (scientific) knowledge. However, for many challenges, scientific perspectives alone are not enough. Societal knowledge is needed to understand and define problems, identify alternatives, evaluate strategies, and design and implement processes.
But when, how, with whom, and even why we should integrate knowledge are not always clear. Moreover, although transdisciplinarity requires (new forms of) collaboration, many researchers and societal members feel alone in their endeavours.
The Transdisciplinary Research, Education and Dialogue initiative (TRED) seeks to further transdisciplinary science through creating a safe space for dialogue, unpacking theories, practices and essentials of knowledge integrations.
We look forward to co-creating space for collaborative research and learning with you.
Inspire Monday, June 12th, 14:00-16:30, online. For researchers and educators
What: inspiring, collaboration in a virtual world
How: online afternoon event, plenary, interactive moments, breakout rooms
Who: for anyone who has connection to the internet on the basics and tools of transdisciplinarity and the role of virtual tools for (international) cooperation.
Why: providing opportunities and lowering the threshold for international participation by easing accessibility
Programme of the day
14:00-14:20 Welcome and Intro to TD
14:20-14:30 Break out session
14:30-15:15 Conversation on theory and key hot topics in TD at the moment
15:15-15:30 Break out session discussing the hot topics
15:30-15:40 - Coffee break
15:40 -15:50 Introduction of three dilemmas streams
15:50-16:15 Break out sessions on one of the dilemmas
16:15-16:30 Wrap-up plenary
16:30 End of day
Interact Tuesday, June 13th, in-person. For researchers and educators
What: Opportunities to interact with others working on transdisciplinary research
How: plenary keynotes, interactive parallel discussion sessions on core theories, concepts, and afternoon workshops on transdisciplinary approaches
Who: for researchers engaging with or wanting to engage with inter- and transdisciplinary research
Why: mix to gain common ground, opportunity to try out different approaches
Programme of the day
9:00-9:45 Opening plenary: start to interaction and keynote on balancing challenges with opportunities of interacting with different forms of knowledge and collaboration
9:45-10:00 Ice breaker
10:20-11:10 Parallel interactive discussions Round 1
11:10-10:20 Time to get to next activity
11:20-12:10 Parallel interactive discussions Round 2
13:10-14:00 Plenary: reflecting on the morning and setting stage for afternoon and keynote on exploring different approaches
14:00-14:10 Time to get to next activity
14:10-15:10 Hands-on exploration Round 1
15:10- 15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 Hands-on exploration Round 2
17:00-17:10 Time to get to next activity
17:10-17:20 Plenary: end of day reflection
Integrate Wednesday, June 14th, in-person. For societal actors, researchers and educators
What: including science in societal challenges. What is societal learning about? Experiencing and reflecting on the process of integrating knowledge.
How: societal perspective on science talk, training on integrating knowledge im a fair and inclusive manner, facilitated hackathons tackling real-life research challenges, group and plenary reflections.
Who: society members who are or would like to work with researchers, and researchers who are or would like to work with society.
Why: this provides the opportunity to not just discuss the opportunities, best practices and challenges of integrating societal and scientific knowledge, but experience it.
Programme of the day
9:00-9:45 Opening plenary: setting the scene and keynote society to science
10:20-10:50 Setting the foundation for integrating knowledge
10:50:11:00 Time to get to activity
11:00-12:30 Mini Hackathon part I
13:30-15:00 Mini Hackathon part II (including break)
15:00-15:20 Output moment (presentations, etc.)
15:20-15:50 In-topic reflection
15:50-16:00 Time to get to final activity
16:00-16:30 Plenary reflection and closing
16:30 Borrel, drinks and light snacks
On Monday and Tuesday (June 12-13th), the main lanaguage will be English, as these days are aimed at the academic community.
On Wednesday (June 14th), participation will be enabled for both Dutch and English speakers to improve accessibility to societal actors.
Call for contributions and proposals for workshops and hackathon topics
We will co-create this interactive conference together with participants. We invite you to organise and lead an interactive discussion, hands-on approach workshops and/of contribute to a hackathon topic. We have three different calls for which you can now register. The deadline for submission is 24 April, 12:00
Interactive discussions, 13 June, morning
We are looking for session guides to lead the interactive discussions (e.g. world cafes, debates, human spectrograms, braindates). We ask that you propose a topic that you think is important and an interactive format to engage participants. Key is that it is not a presentation with a Q&A, but that there is space for participants to interact with each other and the topic. These sessions are made to promote peer-sharing and peer-learning around different inter- and transdisciplinary concepts and challenges and cover topics that are of importance to the research community. Do you have a topic, but are not sure how to make it interactive, please get in contact with email@example.com.
Why lead a discussion? Community building, finding others interested in the same topic, getting input on the challenges and opportunities you are interested in pursuing.
Duration: 50 minutes
Who: Anyone willing to lead (and facilitate) a session, or put a question forward on challenges, theories and opportunities that TRED offers. If you need help facilitating this session please let us know.
What: Current dilemmas, useful frameworks, novel and/or creative ways of engaging different forms of knowledge, translating approaches from one region to another. We are open to creative ideas around inter- and transdisciplinary discussion topics, but you can use the potential topic areas for inspiration for your session.
Potential topic areas:
- Theories: What theories and conceptual frameworks can take us further with inter- and transdisciplinary? What are guidelines for inter- and transdisciplinary research or learning? What to do about mismatch?
- Practice: What are lessons learned from transdisciplinary projects? What are the challenges or possibilities with inter- and transdisciplinary processes (setting up, implementation, evaluation, reflection, continuation)? What is the relationship between ID, TD and transformation? How to open research and education to multiple paradigms? Designing with different materialities? Ethical implications of transdisciplinary research on technologies?
- Interact: Inclusivity reality vs ideal interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity? How to create and maintain an inter- transdisciplinary network and/or research team? How to deal with conflict? How to develop a common language?
- Evaluate: Who and/or how can we evaluate ID and TD research problems?
- Learn: Different ways of promoting inter and transdisciplinary learning (e.g. challenged-based classroom, mixed-classroom education)? How can we take learnings from individual cases wider?
- Inspire us: What is missing in terms of theory, dialogue, learning, research in inter- and transdisciplinarity?
How: Open; could range from facilitating discussions, getting input from others on questions and insights, to other creative forms of having interactive conversations (for 50 minutes). Some inspiration: 20 Interactive Conference Ideas and Formats | Eventbrite UK, 18 Creative Conference
Hands-on explorations, 13 June, afternoon
Doing and reflecting. Whereas the morning focuses more on dialogue and sharing experiences, the afternoon focuses more on active explorations of different transdisciplinary approaches. These workshops give participants the opportunity to try out different approaches and ways of furthering their research and learning.
Why lead a session? This is an opportunity for conveners to share or test out their approaches and get feedback.
Duration: Short (1 hour) and long sessions (1.5 hours)
Who: Anyone who wants to open up their research to others, show a different way of approaching research challenges, and/or test out their own approaches or ideas.
What can we explore: A range collaborative research, learning, and dialogue approaches
- Artistic practices and science/arts-based research methods (e.g. storytelling, drawing-telling)
- Participatory mapping (e.g. landscape that people could be familiar with)
- Participatory futures methods (e.g. visioning)
- Imaginary futures
- Participatory design
- Role playing workshops
- Working together in inter- and transdisciplinary teams
- Integrated analysis
- Approaches to create a common language or perspective taking
- Testing out ideas/ methods
- ID and TD competency training
- Living labs
- Citizen science
- Transformative science approaches
- Scientific/societal communication
- Reflection processes
- Ethical approaches to technology, environmental and/or health topics
How: Open; a taster for all creative forms that let participants experience aspects of transdisciplinary science. These workshops provide space for people to try out elements of different approaches and discuss.
Mini hackathons or idea sprints, 14 June
Mini hackathons or idea sprints
How can we learn by doing, not just talking about transdisciplinary research? The transdisciplinary mini hackathons provide space to experience a collaborative environment, work on real society-science cases, and reflect on the process. Participants can get inspiration for their own cases.
Why submit a case? For case owners, it is an opportunity to get insights from a group of people on their topic or process in a facilitated space. If it is a past case, the session gives you the opportunity to reflect on how it could have been approached differently.
We are looking for case owners to share a challenge you are working on or a case that you have worked on. Key for a case are
- that next to scientist(s), there needs to be at least two societal partners present and part of the case
- the need to integrate different knowledge and perspectives is clear.
Duration: 3 hours
Who is in the sessions:
- Case owners:Mix of societal actors and researchers, minimum two people from outside of the university wanting to integrate different knowledge
- Participants:Societal actors interested in working with researchers (e.g., civil society, policy makers, NGOs, business actors, citizens groups)Researchers interested in transdisciplinary approaches (not necessarily experts on the case study topic)
There are many potential types of outputs for the mini-hackathons. The participants will work towards providing insights and reflections based on identified problems and the case owners' envisioned output. Examples of potential types of output for the case owners are insights to questions such as:
- For completed cases: How could we have approached this differently? What insights or processes are case specific? What insights or processes could we use for a different context?
- For current cases: How to define the problem? How to engage different perspectives? How to assess the current societal-science collaborative process? How do we engage with different expectations? What are potential unexpected dilemmas or consequences of the project and/or the approaches used? What are potential ways to redesign the transdisciplinary approach?
Inspiration for topic areas
- Climate adaptation
- Inclusion and diversity
- Technology and society
- Nature-based solutions
- Energy transition
- Managing our current and future biosphere
- Addressing issues of water scarcity and quality
- Transformative change
- Urban and/or rural futures
How: Plenary pre-training session and some facilitation activities during the process. Three hours of activity. Output sharing moment. Ends with a reflection.
For more information about the sessions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for our updates (see under Registration).
Participation in the online session on June 12th is free.
The costs for the in-person days, June 13-14th, are to be determined. But will be between €100 and €200 for the two days depending on subsidy availability.
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