New AFINO summer workshop at Lesvos
Inter- and transdisciplinary challenges in practice
Venue: Metochi Study Centre on Lesvos.
(For information about the venue, see: https://www.uia.no/en/centres-and-networks/metochi )
Time: 30.07.2023 – 06.08.2023.
Organizer: Matthias Kaiser
Co-lead: Silvio Funtowicz and Bruna De Marchi 🍀
Application deadline: Thursday, 27. April 2023.
WP8 of the AFINO-hub has a focus on transdisciplinarity in research and held a workshop on the topic in 2022. It confirmed that several transdisciplinary projects are already pursued with different topics and design.
This year we will plan to follow up on this theme and focus on practical challenges when designing an inter- or transdisciplinary research project. One of the biggest challenges is quality assessment of such projects and how this would reflect on the merits of the researchers involved. Another challenge is – obviously – the limits of the current funding system in terms of time and funds.
Ethical issues – related to a commitment to RRI – arise at various stages of such projects and are hard to predefine at the time of proposal writing. How is one to put RRI into practice then?
The International Science Council is among the most prestigious international bodies currently advancing transdisciplinary research as a way forward for science to fulfill its sociopolitical ambitions as for instance expressed in the SDGs. The OECD has already earlier flagged such research design as the answer to the grand societal challenges. But all recognize that problems remain when it comes to translating these ideas to actual practice. The ideas of post-normal science as developed by Funtowicz and Ravetz are very much in the background for this.
Who can join?
The workshop is first of all designed for PhD students, Postdocs and researchers from Norwegian research institutions, not only from the projects affiliated to AFINO. In exceptional cases other participants may be granted participation upon application to the organizer. The number of participants will be limited to 20. In general, places will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.
All participants are expected to present an extended abstract and talk about their own work. A course certificate can be obtained, indicating 3 credit points.
Costs of participation
The participants are expected to cover their own travel costs, while accommodation at Metochi will be covered by AFINO. Those accepted participants who do not have access to sufficient own / institutional travel funds can apply for AFINO funding, and the organizers will do their best to find additional travel funds for them. All accepted participants not currently working at a Norwegian research institution are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation.
Please send a preliminary application with personal details to the organizer (Matthias.email@example.com) by 27. April 2023.
Preliminary schedule Sunday 30.07.2023 – Sunday 06.08.2023:
|Day 0: Sunday||Time||Day 1: Monday||Day 2: Tuesday||Day 3: Wednesday||Day 4:|
|Day 5: Friday||Day 6: Saturday||Day 7:|
|09.00 – 09.45||About the course. Matthias Kaiser||Speaker:|
|Matthias: On models in science for policy||Presentation Participant #15||All:|
|09:45 – 10.15||Introduction and|
|10.15 – 11.00||Presentation|
Ideas about TD
|Presentation Participant #11||Presentation Participant #16||Reflections|
|11.00 – 11.30||Discussion||Discussion||Discussion||Discussion||Discussion||Reflections|
|11.30 – 11.45||Coffee break||Coffee break||Coffee break||Coffee break||Coffee break||Coffee break|
|11.45 – 12.30||Presentation Participant #1||Presentation|
|Presentation Participant #9||Presentation Participant #12||Presentation Participant #17||Discussion &|
|12.30 – 13.00||Discussion||Discussion||Discussion||Discussion||Discussion||Continued|
|13.00 – 14.00||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch|
|14.00 – 14.45||Presentation|
|Presentation Participant #13||Participants|
|Travel to Metochi||14.45 – 15.15||Discussion||Discussion||Discussion||Discussion||Participants|
|15.15 – 15.45||Coffee break||Coffee break||Coffee break||Coffee break||Coffee break||Free time|
|15.45 – 16.30||Presentation|
|Free time||Presentation Participant #14||Participants|
|16.30 – 17.00||Discussion||Discussion||Free time||Discussion||Free time||Free time|
|17.00 – 18.00||Movie time:|
The System thinker’s
|Free time||Free time||Free time||Free time|
|18.00 – 19.00||Free time||Free time||Free time||Free time||Free time||Free time|
|Dinner||19.00 – 20.00||Dinner||Dinner||Dinner||Dinner||Dinner||Dinner|