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Creating a desired landscape of toolkits for inter- and transdisciplinarity
Tuesday, 10/Sep/2019:
11:15am - 12:45pm

Location: Nordamerika
Conference Centre Wallenberg

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Creating a desired landscape of toolkits for inter- and transdisciplinarity

Sibylle Studer1, Gabriela Wuelser6, Gabriele Bammer2, Stephen M. Fiore3, Alexandra Lux4, Theres Paulsen1, Christian Pohl5

1td-net, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, Switzerland; 2Research School of Population Health, Australian National University, Australia;; 3Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, University of Central Florida, USA; 4ISOE - Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Germany; 5D-USYS TdLab, ETH Zürich, Switzerland; 6Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, Switzerland


Stefan Hilser, Leuphana University, Germany

Kerstin Hemström, Mistra Urban Futures, Sweden


Methods, tools and other resources supporting inter- and transdisciplinary research are increasingly provided via online platforms. They emerge from different fields, such as problem solving oriented research for sustainable development, integration and implementation sciences, and science of team science.

In this workshop, we will discuss how we can help users to more easily navigate the vast amount knowledge now available for their use. On the basis of four tools collections – Tools for Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S, especially and; Team Science Toolkit (; ( and td-net Toolbox ( – we will explore how existing online collections of resources supporting inter- and transdisciplinary research relate to each other, i.e. in what respects they are similar or overlapping; or different, respectively. Inspired by ideas for additional features useful from a newcomer’s perspective (Hilser, 2019), we will create a picture of this overall toolkit landscape. On this basis, we want to elaborate with participants how these and other similar toolkits can be more strongly or more directly linked to each other to create a manageable universe for our users. We will discuss which complementing elements – e.g. discussion forums – could be useful for helping to apply the resources and building a community of practice on methods and tools for co-producing knowledge among experts and stakeholders from science and practice for tackling societal challenges.

Description of the session/workshop design

1) Brief introduction to the workshop and its goals (5’)

2) Short introductions to

a) Tools for Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S);

b) Team Science Toolkit;

c) and

d) td-net Toolbox.

These will inform on purpose and history of the online toolkit, who it addresses, how it is structured, the kind of resources provided, as well as ideas on how it could be developed further. (20’)

3) Ideas for further helpful features of online toolkits from a newcomer’s perspective (5’)

4) Interactive group work to suggest how the toolkits can be mapped into an overall landscape, considering existing and possible useful future features, similarities / overlaps and differences (30’)

5) Plenary discussion on most useful additional elements, stronger links or other further developments of the toolkits (15’)

6) Plenary voting on most inspiring picture created (10’)

7) Conclusions by the co-organisers (5’)

Key readings

Vogel, A. L., Hall, K. L., Fiore, S. M., Klein, J. T., Bennett, L. M., Gadlin, H., ... & Spotts, E. L. (2013). The team science toolkit: Enhancing research collaboration through online knowledge sharing. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(6), 787-789.

Online introduction to

Bammer, G. (2018) Building a global community to improve how complex real-world problems are tackled. Integration and Implementation Insights blog,

Toolkits for Transdisciplinarity series, GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society,

274-Studer-Creating a desired landscape of toolkits for inter- and transdisciplinaritySingle Presentation of.docx

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