Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Td Summer School 2016 - Transdisciplinary Research at the Science - Society Interface

Date: 28 August 2016 - 02 September 2016
Location: L√ľneburg, Germany

Each year sin­ce 2012, Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty Lüne­burg has of­fe­red the Td Sum­mer School – Trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry Re­se­arch at the Sci­ence / So­cie­ty In­ter­face. De­si­gned for both sci­en­tists and prac­ti­tio­ners (such as com­pa­nies, NGOs, and go­vern­ments), the Td Sum­mer School fo­cu­ses on the work at the in­ter­face bet­ween sci­en­ti­fic and non-sci­en­ti­fic (so­cie­tal) re­alms.

Leu­pha­na of­fers a 5-day In­ten­si­ve Trai­ning and a 2-3 day Spe­cial Trai­ning in trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch. The Td Sum­mer School pre­pa­res re­se­ar­chers and prac­ti­tio­ners for joint re­se­arch on so­cie­tal chal­len­ges at the sci­ence | so­cie­ty in­ter­face. The cour­ses pro­vi­de both theo­re­ti­cal and me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal foun­da­ti­ons, as well as ex­pe­ri­ence in de­si­gning and im­ple­men­ting trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch pro­ces­ses.

A spe­cial fo­cus of the Td sum­mer school is on broa­de­ning the par­ti­ci­pants’ di­sci­pli­na­ry and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch towards a trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry ap­proach, and on en­ab­ling prac­ti­tio­ners to ex­pand their role in cont­ri­bu­ting to trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch. Brin­ging to­ge­ther sci­en­tists, prac­ti­tio­ners and po­li­cy ma­kers, the Td Sum­mer School al­lows par­ti­ci­pants to ex­pe­ri­ence mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives and a joint ela­bo­ra­ti­on of ro­les, tasks and re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ties in co­ope­ra­ti­ve re­se­arch and the trans­for­ma­ti­on of so­cie­tal chal­len­ges.


  • Understanding the emergence of transdisciplinary research in the context of societal changes
  • Getting familiar with different transdisciplinary research methodologies and process designs
  • Gaining skills in inter- and transdisciplinary research methods: mutual learning and knowledge integration methods, methods of boundary work, validation and assessments
  • Exploring how to broaden the participants’ disciplinary and interdisciplinary research by adopting principles of transdisciplinary research
  • Identifying different functions of transdisciplinary processes and respective roles of involved parties

Target Group

The Td Sum­mer School ad­dres­ses re­se­ar­chers and prac­ti­tio­ners (for ex­amp­le, po­li­cy ma­kers, ma­na­gers from in­dus­tries, NGO re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves) from all di­sci­pli­nes and so­cie­tal fiel­ds, as well as gra­dua­te stu­dents with re­se­arch ex­pe­ri­ence who want to de­ve­lop their re­se­arch and pro­fes­sio­nal ac­tivi­ties towards trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry ap­proa­ches at the sci­ence | so­cie­ty in­ter­face.

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