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Nov 23, 2018

U Change: neue Ausschreibung veröffentlicht!

Die vierte Projektausschreibung von U Change wurde veröffentlicht. Bis am 28. Februar 2019 können sich Studierende aller Schweizer Hochschulen wiederum für eine Unterstützung ihrer Projektidee für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung bewerben. Gesucht: Studierende mit innovativen Ideen!

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Nov 7, 2018

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019 – Save the date!

The International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019 will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 10 to 13 September 2019. Save the date! The ITD 2019 is co-organised by the Network for Transdisciplinary Research td-net together with the University of Gothenburg School of Global Studies and Mistra Urban Futures.

Oct 31, 2018

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018 enriched by more than 20 posters!

More than 20 posters reflecting experiences at the interface between transdisciplinarity and digitalisation will be displayed during the Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018 on 15 November at the EPFL in Lausanne. Many of them will be presented during the parallel sessions of speed talks.
Do you want to explore with us these experiences and discuss visions how digitalisation can be devised for inter- and transdisciplinary research and education?
Have a look at the updated programme and register by 8 November 2018 at the latest.

Oct 9, 2018

Training workshop on transdisciplinary research with LIRA 2030

This year’s LIRA 2030 training workshop on transdisciplinary research took place in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire with 32 early career researchers from 14 African countries. The training had a focus on enabling participants to design and conduct their own research project. Short inputs on theory, methodology and methods of transdisciplinary research as baseline and videos and presentations of existing TD projects as illustrations were introduced as fundament for a series of interactive exercises on important steps along the transdisciplinary research process, conducted in various settings, such as reflections and work on the own project, group tasks, plenary discussions and role play. Some of the exercises were based on td-net’s toolbox for co-producing knowledge, e.g. actor constellation and three types of knowledge exercises. Td-net was engaged in this training workshop for the third consecutive year and also contributes to the ongoing development of training and coaching activities within the LIRA 2030 programme.

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See also
: LIRA 2030 call for scientific and non-academic reviewers

Publication Sep 11, 2018

Our Tour d'Horizon of Literature 2017 is now available!

Every year, td-net invites experts in the field to list recent key publications in the area of inter- and transdisciplinarity. The new Tour d'Horizon presents literature published in 2017 with short annotations written by the experts that recommended the publications. We would like to thank the contributors for their inputs and already look forward to renewing the experience next year.

All “Tour d’Horizon of Literature” issues can be found here.
Tour d'Horizon of Literature 2017

Conference Aug 21, 2018

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018 – Deadline extension

The Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018, which will take place on 15 November 2018 at the EPFL in Lausanne, will offer the participants a platform to critically reflect what digitalisation means for inter- and transdisciplinary research, teaching and learning. A call is currently inviting contributions in the form of posters and speed-talks and the submission deadline has been extended until 31 August 2018. Please send your abstract to lydia.notexisting@nodomain.commoreno@scnat.notexisting@nodomain.comch.

Registrations are open as well and further information is available on

Conference Aug 17, 2018

Sustainable University Day 2019: save the date!

The Sustainable University Day is the annual meeting of the funding program U Change, which supports student projects and student project incubators for sustainable development. Every year, the Conference brings together students, university leaders, policy makers, non-profit actors and other higher education representatives to discuss how universities are responding to the challenges posed by sustainable development and which concrete measures should be taken. The Sustainable University Day 2019 will be organised on 29 March in Wädenswil in collaboration with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Save the date!

More information will be available soon
See what happened during the Sustainable University Day 2018

Publication Jul 10, 2018

Publication on sustainable consumption and transformative teaching

We are pleased to share with you the publication of A sustainable consumption teaching review: From building competencies to transformative learning. The article written by Marlyne Sahakian and Gill Seyfang addresses transdisciplinary and transformative teaching applied to the field of sustainable consumption and has emerged from a project supported by our former Sustainable Development at Universities Programme.

Link to the article

Publication radar Jul 6, 2018
Number of publications per year that include

Publications addressing transdisciplinarity are steadily increasing

Every year, td-net observes the publication activities in the field of inter- and transdisciplinarity. With "transdisciplinar*" and "interdisciplinar*" as search words, we perform a topic search (within: title, abstract, author keywords, Keywords Plus®) in the Web of Science database and present the numbers of publications chronologically in a chart. In the recent years, the number of publications show an upward trend. Have a look at our publication radar to see the second chart, displaying the results for „interdisciplinarity“.

Methods May 16, 2018

NEW in the td-net Toolbox: Outcome Spaces Framework

The outcome spaces framework provides a structure to reflect on, and classify participants’ preferred outcomes in a transdisciplinary project in a differentiated way. Three key realms of transdisciplinary outcome spaces are distinguished – situation, knowledge and learning – elaborated as (1) an improvement within the situation or field of inquiry, (2) the generation of relevant stocks and flows of knowledge, including scholarly knowledge and other societal knowledge forms (3) mutual and transformational learning by researchers and research participants to increase the likelihood of persistent change. The method has been provided by Cynthia Mitchell & Dena Fam.

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Funding program May 8, 2018

U Change: next call coming soon

The funding program U Change supports student projects and student project incubators for sustainable development. Under the last call for proposals, 9 promising projects have been approved for funding. The next call is in preparation. It will be published on 25 May 2018 and all information will be available (in german and french) on the programme website:

Konferenz Mar 27, 2018

Der Sustainable University Day als Startschuss für Nachhaltigkeitsprojekte

Am Sustainable University Day haben letzten Donnerstag 150 Teilnehmende und Gäste an der pädagogischen Hochschule Freiburg die Weichen für mehr Nachhaltigkeit gestellt. Verschiedene Projekt-Ideen zur Stärkung der Initiativen für eine Nachhaltige Entwicklung an den Hochschulen wurden ausgearbeitet und diskutiert. Vertreter aus diversen Bereichen, von Studierenden über Hochschulleitungen und Nonprofit-Organisationen bis zur Politik, aus der Schweiz und Europa haben an der Tagung teilgenommen und intensiv daran gearbeitet, Nachhaltigkeit an den Hochschulen zu stärken.

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EVENTS Mar 13, 2018

Td-net Toolbx Series

USYS tdLab and td-net are jointly initiating the „td-net toolbox series“, which will consist of sporadic meetings and events in relation with the td-net toolbox for co-producing knowledge.

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Vortrag Mar 9, 2018

Science at Noon mit Gabriele Bammer

Am Mittwoch Mittag, 14.3 - besucht uns Prof. Gabriele Bammer vom Centre for Epidemiology an Population Health der Australian National University. Als Gast vom td-net wird Sie uns die neue Disziplin «Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S)» vorstellen. Dieser neue Ansatz zeigt neue Wege auf, wie man systematisch Konzepte und Methoden aus den Bereichen Systems Thinking, Inter- und Transdisziplinarität, Implementation Science, Team Science, Complexity Science u.a kombinieren kann, um komplexe Probleme wirksamer bearbeiten zu können.

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Conference Feb 20, 2018

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018

The next edition of the Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day has been fixed! It will take place on 15 November 2018 at the EPFL in Lausanne and will explore the relationship between digital world and inter- and transdisciplinarity. SAVE THE DATE!

Konferenz Jan 12, 2018

Sustainable University Day 2018

Welche Kompetenzen sind für studentisches Engagement grundlegend? Wie können diese vermittelt werden? Weshalb sind sie auch in der späteren Berufspraxis relevant? Diese Fragen stehen am Sustainable University Day 2018, der Jahrestagung des Förderprogramms U Change, im Zentrum. Der Anlass findet am 22. März 2018 an der Pädagogischen Hochschule Freiburg statt.

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Förderprogramm Nov 8, 2017

U Change: zweite Ausschreibung läuft!

Das Programm finanziert Studierendenprojekte sowie Strukturen zur Unterstützung studentischer Projektarbeit und ermöglicht unabhängige Projektarbeiten an den Schweizer Universitäten, Fachhochschulen und Pädagogischen Hochschulen. Es unterstützt die Entwicklung und Umsetzung studentischer Ideen, Geschäftsmodelle sowie weitere Aktivitäten für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung und ergänzt damit die Ausbildung an den Hochschulen. Zentral ist bei den geförderten Projekten die Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Studierenden, mit Unternehmen, mit der öffentlichen Hand oder mit NGOs.

Einreichefrist: 28. Februar 2018

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Vortrag Oct 31, 2017

Science at Noon mit td-net

Mit der Initiative Science at Noon lädt das Haus der Stiftungen Vetreterinnen und Mitarbeiter von wissenschaftlichen Organisationen ein, ihre Projekte am Mittagstisch zu präsentieren. Nächsten Dienstag, 7. November 2017, wird es über transdisziplinäre Forschung mit Jakob Zinsstag, Präsident des td-net, und Theres Paulsen, Geschäftsführerin des td-net, diskutiert.
Science at Noon findet jeweils von 12.15 bis 13.00 Uhr in der Cantina dell'Accademia (Haus der Stiftungen, Bern) statt und ist für alle Interessierten offen.

Aktuelles Programm

Conference Sep 15, 2017

International Transdisciplinartiy Conference 2017

An intense week of 'co-reflection' and stimulating exchanges reached its end. With a focus on intercultural endeavours, the International Transdisciplinarity Conference in 2017 brought together different communities of transdisciplinary research and education and offered a space for discussion and sharing about theoretical, empirical and methodological perspectives.
Many impressions and comments were shared on Twitter. We invite you to have a look at #ITD_2017 and keep the dialogue going!

Thank you to everyone for joining the ITD 2017 with such passion! We are already looking forward to meeting you again at the next edition!

The ITD Conference 2017 was co-organised by Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and td-net, the Network for Transdisciplinary Research of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Conference Sep 8, 2017

The International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017 is about to begin!

This year's ITD Conference, starting next Monday, extends even further its boundaries through digital communication. In addition to the programme proposed in Lüneburg, four Co-conferences are beeing held in Chile, Mexico, Uruguay and New Zealand and will be virtually present at different moments of the Conference. Social media is also playing a role, since an exchange has already begun on Twitter with #ITD_2017. Furthemore, a live stream will make it possible to follow all plenary sessions online. We are looking forward to interacting with you in one form or another and have still last minute tickets availaible!

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Publikation May 12, 2017

Td-net veröffentlicht seinen Jahresbericht 2016

Wie jedes Jahr bietet der neu erschienene Jahresbericht einen Überblick über die Aktivitäten des td-net. Welche Projekte, Vernetzungsangebote oder thematische Schwerpunkte das Jahr 2016 des Netzwerks für transdisziplinäre Forschung geprägt haben, erfahren Sie im ausführlichen Dokument.

Zum Jahresbericht 2016

Survey Apr 28, 2017

Survey on inter- and transdisciplinary scientific collaborations in Switzerland

With an online survey, we want to learn more about the community of scientists doing inter- and transdisciplinary research in Switzerland, about their challenges, and about their needs
in terms of support and services. Researchers and lecturers at Swiss academic institutions that are known to conduct inter- and/or transdisciplinary research and teaching will be contacted by email. The responses to this survey are of great value to us, as it will help us gain a clearer picture of the Swiss community of inter- and transdisciplinary researchers and educators. This will enable us to improve our services and efforts to facilitate and foster inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations. The survey is conducted by td-net, with support from scientists of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern.

Publication Apr 20, 2017

Doing transdisciplinary research: lessons from the frontline - report

On 29 November 2016, Future Earth Ireland, supported by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), organised a workshop on the topic: Doing Transdisciplinary Research: Lessons from the Front Line. The aim of the event was to provide an update on the activities of Future Earth and to provide an opportunity for an exchange of views on the challenges and opportunities when one is embarking on transdisciplinary research. Td-net was represented among the speakers.
The report from the workshop as well as an accompanying infografic are now availabe to download on the RIA website.

Publication Apr 10, 2017

Sustainable Development at Universities Programme


Mehr Nachhaltigkeit in Forschung und Lehre. Einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Verankerung trug das mit rund vier Millionen Franken dotierte Förderprogramm «Sustainable Development at Universities» des Bundes bei. Geleitet vom Netzwerk für transdisziplinäre Forschung der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz unterstützte das Programm in den vergangenen vier Jahren 54 Projekte. Einen Überblick liefert der Abschlussbericht, der am Freitag am «Sustainable University Day» in Basel präsentiert wird. Zum Nachfolgeprogramm für Studierende läuft bereits die erste Ausschreibung.

Abschlussbericht (pdf)
Übersicht aller Projekte
Nachfolgeprogramm «U Change»

Konferenz Mar 24, 2017

Sustainable University day 2017

Melden Sie sich jetzt an!

Diskutieren Sie am 07. April 2017 mit uns über die Rolle der Hochschulen bei der Umsetzung der Agenda 2030. Wir möchten gemeinsam über neue Projekte nachdenken und mit Ihnen den Abschluss des sd-universites Förderprogramms sowie den Auftakt des neuen Förderprogramms «U Change - Initiativen für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung» feiern.

Zum Programm
Zu den Workshops

Förderprogramm Mar 23, 2017

U Change, das neue Förderprogramm

Die erste Projektausschreibung ist nun veröffentlicht!
Einreichefrist: 31. Juli 2017

Das neue Förderprogramm finanziert Studierendenprojekte sowie Strukturen zur Unterstützung studentischer Projektarbeit.

Das Programm ermöglicht unabhängige Projektarbeiten an den Schweizer Universitäten, Fachhochschulen und Pädagogischen Hochschulen. Es unterstützt die Entwicklung und Umsetzung studentischer Ideen, Geschäftsmodelle sowie weitere Aktivitäten für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung und ergänzt damit die Ausbildung an den Hochschulen. Zentral ist bei den geförderten Projekten die Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Studierenden, mit Unternehmen, mit der öffentlichen Hand oder mit NGOs.

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Konferenz Nov 29, 2016

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2016

Bringing together researchers' and funders' perspectives

Jointly organised by the University of Lucerne and td-net, the Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2016 attracted no less than 70 participants. Throughout the Conference, which took place at the University of Lucerne on 7 November 2016, researchers and representatives of funding agencies shared their experiences and described their approaches and challenges of inter- and transdisciplinary research projects, especially in their framing phase. Examples were presented from projects funded by the Sustainable Development at Universities Programme and from an open call.

The presentations used during the Conference are now available on the event page.

Workshop Nov 24, 2016

Transdisciplinary research workshop

February 1, 2017, University of Bern

Together with biology17the annual Swiss conference on ecology, evolution, systematics and conservation, td-net organises a workshop which will present predominant definitions of transdisciplinarity, look at the conceptual challenges that come along with this approach to scientific research and introduce practical tools to tackle them.
To participate, please send a project description to davnah.notexisting@nodomain.compayne@ips.notexisting@nodomain.comunibe.notexisting@nodomain.comch until January 13, 2017.

For technical questions about your project or the workshop content, please contact gabriela.notexisting@nodomain.comwuelser@scnat.notexisting@nodomain.comch.

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Literatur Oct 21, 2016

New: Publication on the td-award 2015

The winner projects of the td-award 2015 are presented in this article published in the transdisciplinary journal GAIA.

Exemplary Transdisciplinary Projects – swiss-academies award for transdisciplinary research 2015
Zinsstag J, Perrig-Chiello P, Paulsen T, Truffer B 2016. GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, V25, N3, pp 182-184.

Link to the articles

Literature Oct 7, 2016

A Tour d'Horizon of literature related to Transdisciplinarity published in 2015

We have requested experts of inter- and transdisciplinary research to indicate to us important new literature in the field of inter- and transdisciplinary research, teaching and practice published in 2015. The proposed literature is compiled in a document (see link below). The experts shortly commented the publications that they recommended.

Tour d’Horizon of Literature 2015 (pdf)

Click here to see all lists that have been published since 2005.

Save the date Jun 30, 2016

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017
> 11 - 15 September 2017, Leuphana University Lüneburg.

The 2017 International Transdisciplinarity Conference is co-organised by td-net and the Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Resources May 11, 2016

Future Earth Webinar

As part of the Future Earth Webinar "Best practices on transdisciplinary and co-designed research", td-net gave a short introduction to transdisciplinary research.

The webinar as well as the presentation are available here

Conferences Feb 3, 2016

Sustainable University Day 2016

Details now online

We organise the third annual conference of the sd-universities programme together with the University of Lausanne. It will take place on April 21, 2016. The details on the six parallel workshops and on the programme of the day are now online.

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Bibliography Sep 10, 2015

A Tour d'Horizon of literature
related to Transdisciplinarity published in 2014

We have requested experts of inter- and transdisciplinary research to indicate to us important new literature in the field of inter- and transdisciplinary research, teaching and practice published in 2014. The proposed literature is compiled in a document (see link below). The experts shortly commented the publications that they recommended.

Tour d’Horizon of Literature 2014 (pdf)

Click here to see all lists that have been published since 2005.

td-award Sep 9, 2015

«swiss-academies award for transdisciplinary research 2015»

EPFL-based ‹Green Density› project wins coveted CHF 50,000 science award. Furthermore, two young scientists working at the University of Geneva and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology receive CHF 10,000 awards for their respective transdisciplinary investigations. Professor Marcel Tanner, former Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, is honoured for his abiding commitment to interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in the sciences.

Award Ceremony
September 9 from 11h45 to 13h15, Congress Center Basel, room «San Francisco»
Within the framework oft he International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2015.
Welcome address by Dr. Guy Morin, president of the government of the canton of Basel Stadt

Programm (pdf)
Press release (deutsch | français | english)
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Conferences Aug 5, 2015
ITD 2015

International Transdisciplinarity Conference – ITD 2015

Detailed programme now online

Programme and conference information


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