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Create space and cultivate your academic mindset at the International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2021

Published: 04 March 2021
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The International Transdisciplinarity (ITD) conference will take place online in 2021 and a call for contributions is now open for researchers and practitioners from all over the world. Hosted by numerous universities and organisations, the conference addresses the need for transformation – the need to move beyond what we already know and do.

During the September 2019 International Transdisciplinarity Conference in Gothenburg, a new professional association was launched: the ITD-Alliance (Inter- and Trans- Disciplinarity Alliance). SLU, one of the founding members, is represented on the strategic board by Lisa Diedrich, Program Director of SLU Urban Futures, who co-organised a forum at the 2019 meeting. The Future Platform sees promising opportunities for SLU's transdisciplinary capacity building, participating in the ITD Alliance.

As a virtual forum, the ITD Conference 2021 will bring together individuals, communities, and institutions from across the globe. The conference will invite participants to explore and learn from new forms of knowledge production - living labs, social innovations, Global South & Global North encounters, and transition experiments, to mention a few.

The goal is to advance transdisciplinary concepts and methodologies while strengthening their potential for addressing societal challenges by connecting educators, researchers, practitioners, industry and business representatives, funding agencies, decision-makers and students across sectors and disciplines.

The International Transdisciplinarity (ITD) Conference will take place online from 13-17 September 2021, with the theme “Creating spaces and cultivating mindsets for learning and experimentation”.

Deadline for abstract submission is 2 May 2021.
Read more about the Conference and the call here.


The ITD Conference is co-organized by the Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab), ETH Zurich, and the Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net) of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Follow the conference via  #itdconf2021
Read more about the conference.

SLU Urban Futures is one of four future platforms at SLU. The mission of the platform is to inspire and support researchers and teachers of SLU to initiate, develop and strengthen transdisciplinary research, education and collaboration within the field of sustainable urban development.
Read about the Urban Forum, co-organised by SLU Urban Futures, at the ITD Conference in 2019.

The ITD Alliance
The goal of the ITD Alliance is to link networks, associations, institutions, and individuals with shared interest in inter- and trans-disciplinary theory, methods, and interventions for addressing complex societal challenges and questions.

The alliance aims at building a platform for interactive capacity building in inter- and trans-disciplinary theory, methods, and practice for different target groups. Multiple networks, associations, institutions, and individuals have already established a large number of capacity building formats with high diversity of content, methodology, and duration, including short term workshops on selected methods, summer schools, or research development workshops. The platform allows for communicating these opportunities to a larger audience and for finding appropriate formats for specific requirements and target groups. ITD Alliance further supports exchange among trainers and augment their numbers by establishing train-the-trainer workshops and mutual learning spaces. These goals have particular relevance when implementing capacity building in different cultural settings. 
Read more about the ITD Alliance


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