The second international tdAcademy Summer School took place in 2023 and found positive resonance once again. 19 Master and PhD students with very different disciplinary and geographic backgrounds came together in Bad Freienwalde from 17th to 22nd September to learn about transdisciplinary methods and to apply them in an exemplary way to questions in rural areas of north-eastern Brandenburg. For all participants, this was an exciting and enriching continuation of the Summer School cooperation between the tdAcademy team at the ZTG and the ISST of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).

The Summer School was developed by Martina Schäfer, Emilia Nagy and Josefa Kny (tdAcademy/ZTG) as well as Gemma Tejedor and Jordi Segalàs (ISST/UPC). Annabell Lamberth (ZTG) and Na Liang (UPC) were involved in the organization. The project was developed as part of Gemma Tejedor's tdAcademy Fellowship at ZTG in 2022. See also Report on the Website of the UPC

Source: Julia Margeth Theuer, 2023

Transdisciplinary research and practice is about bringing together knowledge and perspectives from different actors in science and society. The purpose is dual: to contribute to the solution of real-world problems and, at the same time, to provide new insights for science.

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Source: Emilia Nagy, 2023

Collaboration across institutions and beyond the boundaries of one's own discipline and academia is not a self-evident or simple exercise. In order to better understand the challenges and to be able to address them in a more targeted way, expertise is required that can often only be acquired in transdisciplinary practice through learning by doing.

Comment of the participants: „Transdisciplinarity is not an easy and well understood thing for everyone. And there is not enough of transdisciplinarity in research and practice. We need building more bridges.“

The organizers of ZTG and ISST considered a one-week summer school as a possible short cut for gaining this expertise. During the summer school, the participants got familiar  with the theoretical foundations and methods of transdisciplinary project design. Using the example of land use conflicts and innovative approaches for the rural, low populated, agricultural region in the northeast of Brandenburg, the participants formulated transdisciplinary research questions and tested methods for the design of the participation concept and for impact assessment in small groups.