April news for Integration and Implementation Sciences

4 April 2018

In March, 18 months of planning by Gabriele Bammer and Jon Kramer from the US National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Centre (SESYNC) culminated in a very successful workshop, bringing together - for the first time - leaders of interdisciplinary organisations to discuss institutional facilitators of, and barriers to, interdisciplinary research. This workshop, held in Annapolis Maryland, was funded by and conducted in partnership with SESYNC. The 18 participants were drawn from nine countries and over the course of the three and a half day meeting developed a media briefing document and grant application, as well as the foundations of a peer-reviewed paper and a community of practice.

Gabriele Bammer was invited to spend a week in Switzerland as a guest of Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. She met with the director and various staff members to discuss collaborative opportunities and gave seminars at the ETH-Zurich Institute of Science, Technology and Policy; td-Net at the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences; and at the Transdisciplinary Lab in the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH-Zurich.

Gabriele Bammer gave a keynote address by video-link at a conference on "Sustainability, conservation, and resilience: Strategies for post-conflict Colombia" at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogota Colombia.

Gabriele Bammer visited the Defence Science and Technology group in Adelaide to give a seminar and discuss their collaborative project.

March blog posts on the i2Insights blog run by Gabriele Bammer and Peter Deane generated lively debates about transdisciplinary and transformation, as well as about incommensurability in interdisciplinary research.