International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2021 - Creating Spaces and Cultivating Mindsets for Learning and Experimentation

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International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2021 - Creating Spaces and Cultivating Mindsets for Learning and Experimentation

The virtual event will take place from 13–17 September 2021 - A Call for contributions is open

The International Transdisciplinarity Conference takes place virtually from 13–17 September 2021 under the theme "Creating Spaces and Cultivating Mindsets for Learning and Experimentation"

Co-organised by the Network for Transdisciplinary Research and Transdisciplinarity Lab, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Problems global in scale continue to challenge the world. Global crises unleashed by climate change and, more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, compel us to find sustainable solutions to social, cultural, political, economic, ecological, and health challenges. Yet, these crises have shown, once again, that existing modes of overcoming challenges are limited, ineffectual, or non-existent. There is thus a critical need to move beyond what we already know and do. Creating spaces and cultivating mindsets for learning and experimentation are keys to building new possibilities and putting us on a path to generation of sustainable solutions on local, regional and global scale.

The 2021 International Transdisciplinary Conference (ITD), “Creating Spaces and Cultivating Mindsets for Learning and Experimentation”, provides a platform for engagement, discussion, and action that links transdisciplinary research, (un)learning, and practice. Real-world labs, living labs, social innovations, Global South & Global North encounters, and transition experiments, serve as inspirations for design and implementation of this event. As a virtual forum, the ITD Conference 2021 will bring together individuals, communities, and institutions from across the globe. 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.

Call for contributions
We invite contributions from all fields and research cultures, while particularly welcoming submissions from practitioners and from transdisciplinary teams. Please indicate how your submission aligns with the following streams, questions, and formats. Choose one primary stream then indicate one or more key questions relevant to your contribution. Please feel free to also add additional questions that contribute to the selected stream. The ITD Conference 2021 focuses on expanding expertise and deepening knowledge through the creation of transformative landscapes and timeframes in, and between, the Global South and North. We seek to strengthen intra-, cross-departmental and institutional learning and collaboration within and across cultures.

The full call for contributions and details for submission can be found here:

Important dates
Deadline for abstract submission (submit with ConfTool): 18 April 2021
Notice of acceptance: June 2021

Sustainable Development Goals

Associated organization(s) : 
Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Associated university(ies) : 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich