Who we are

The tdAcademy is a research and community platform for transdisciplinarity. As a project, we conduct research on central topics of transdisciplinary research and strengthen the joint production of knowledge. With our website we support the direct exchange of researchers through new community offers and information on events and projects.

The tdAcademy pursues three objectives:

  • First, developing and consolidating state of the art insights within the transdisciplinary research community (“Research”).
  • Second, providing high quality capacity building opportunities for transdisciplinary researchers (“Enable”).
  • Third, supporting and further developing the transdisciplinary research community by providing a space for exchange, reflection, collaboration, and new ideas (“Connect”).

The international community is actively involved in the project through a group of supporting partner institutions as well as a guest and fellow program.

tdAcademy Team

Prof. Dr. Dr.

Martina Schäfer

Center for Technology and Society (ZTG), Technische Universität Berlin

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Hon.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Matthias Bergmann

ISOE - Institute for Social-Ecological Research

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Project Partners & Funding

The founding partners of tdAcademy are four institutions with a proven track record in transdisciplinary research: The Frankfurt ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, the Leuphana University Lüneburg, the Center for Technology and Society (ZTG) at Technische Universität Berlin and the Oeko-Institut in Freiburg. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the Strategy „Research for Sustainability" (FONA) as part of its Social-Ecological Research funding priority. The guest and fellowship program is funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Supporting Partners

tdAcademy lives through exchange within the community. Therefore, the group of supporting partners will closely involve other academic institutions within the German-speaking and international community to jointly conduct, promote, and shape transdisciplinary research. The group of supporting partners will be extended continuously. Two representatives from the group of supporting partners will become members of the steering group of the platform tdAcademy. In the first meeting of the supporting partners in March 2021, Dr. Christian Pohl (TdLab, ETH Zürich) and Prof. Dr. Simone Rödder (CliSAP, University Hamburg) were elected as members.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christine Ahrend

TU Berlin

Dr. Camilla Bausch

Ecologic Institut Europa

Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink

Institut für Soziologie, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

Prof. Dr. phil. Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Böschen

Human Technology Center (HumTec), RWTH Aachen

Tobias Buser

Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net), Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz

Dr. Dr. Guido Caniglia

Konrad-Lorenz-Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI)

Rico Defila

Programm Mensch-Gesellschaft-Umwelt, Universität Basel

Prof. Dr. Andreas Ernst

Universität Kassel

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Fischedick

Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie

Univ. Prof. Dr. Christoph Görg

Institut für Soziale Ökologie (SEC), Wien

Dr. Antonietta Di Guilio

Programm Mensch-Gesellschaft-Umwelt, Universität Basel

Prof. Dr. Matthias Groß

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ)

Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)

Dr. Willi Haas

Universität für Bodenkultur Wien

Prof. Dr. sc. agr. Katharina Helming

Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)

Dr. Sabine Hoffmann

Eawag

Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob

Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)

Thomas Korbun

Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW)

Dr. Kora Kristof

Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

Dr. Pius Krütli

TdLab, ETH Zürich

Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen

Wissenschafts- und Innovationsforschung, Universität Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Patrizia Nanz

Bundesamt für die Sicherheit der nuklearen Entsorgung (BASE)

Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner

Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Nölting

Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE)

Dr. Steffi Ober

Zivilgesellschaftliche Plattform Forschungswende

NABU Deutschland

Prof. Dr. Martina Padmanabhan

Universität Passau

Theres Paulsen

Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net), Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz

Dr. Christian Erik Pohl

USYS TdLab, ETH Zürich

seit März 2021 gewähltes Mitglied der tdAcademy-Steuerungsgruppe

Prof. Dr. Michael Pregernig

Institut für Umweltsozialwissenschaften und Geographie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Henrike Rau

Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen, LMU München

Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn

Institut für transformative Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (IASS)

Prof. Dr. Simone Rödder

Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP), Universität Hamburg

seit März 2021 gewähltes Mitglied der tdAcademy-Steuerungsgruppe

Dr. Schneider Florina

ISOE - Institute for Social-Ecological Research

Prof. Dr. Michael Stauffacher

TdLab, ETH Zürich

Birge Wolf

Universität Kassel

Interviews with the group of Supporting Partners' representatives

Video: Christian Pohl on the tdAcademy

Christian Pohl, elected member of the tdAcademy Steering Committee, talks about his role and the importance of the tdAcademy group of Supporting Partners.

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Video: Simone Rödder on the tdAcademy

Simone Rödder, elected member of the tdAcademy Steering Committee, talks about her role and the importance of the tdAcademy group of Supporting Partners.

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Work Structure

tdAcademy strengthens the knowledge base, further development and networking in transdisciplinary research via a working mode that closely interlinks the modules "Research", "Enable" and "Connect" with their various activities.

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