Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations

Open Call for Applications for ISOE's Summer School 2018


Understanding and shaping social-ecological transformations towards sustainability requires transdisciplinary collaboration. The summer school will address the challenges of working in a transdisciplinary way within the context of a disciplinary PhD-program. Young scientists are now invited to apply.

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In order to be able to address these challenges, participants will be offered the opportunity to gain insights into the theoretical foundations of transdisciplinary research principles, methods and design elements and get practical experience via hands-on training. Special attention will be given to knowledge integration as this is the major cognitive challenge in transdisciplinary research. Additionally, new TD approaches like Real-World Laboratories or Sustainable Living Labs will be introduced. Exchanging experiences between you, as young scientists, and leading international senior researchers will be the main focus in lectures, workshops and open spaces.


What does the ISOE Summer School offer?

Participants will receive a profound overview and practical training by international scientists on state-of-the-art transdisciplinary methods that are relevant at each stage of the TD research process. Furthermore, they will enhance their skills in designing, conducting and evaluating TD research projects. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect their own experiences in inter- and transdisciplinary projects against the other participants’ and senior scientists’ backgrounds. In the guided excursion to the river Nidda participants are encouraged to exchange their perspectives on transdisciplinarity with experienced practitioners of the NiddaMan research project.


Who should apply?

You are a graduate master student, PhD candidate or early Post-Doc in the field of sustainability sciences? You are interested in transdisciplinarity? You have first experiences in inter-or transdisciplinary research? You are keen on enhancing your transdisciplinary method skills by actively engaging in discussions and by learning within a reflexive process? Apply now for the Brilliant Minds 2018 Summer School!