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Upcoming SHAPE-ID Seminar with Julie Thompson Klein at ETH Zurich: “Disentangling inter- and transdisciplinary research”

SHAPE-ID partners at the Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab) in ETH Zurich will host a seminar on early results from the SHAPE-ID literature review on 17 September 2019, with a keynote presentation by Professor Julie Thompson Klein, Professor of Humanities Emerita in the English Department at Wayne State University, International Research Affiliate of the TdLab and a valued member of the SHAPE-ID Expert Panel. The seminar, Disentangling inter- and transdisciplinary research: factors, understandings and processes in collaborative research, will discuss the first results of SHAPE-ID informed by Professor Klein's experience and expertise. Using inputs and insights from the literature, the focus will…

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Finding a Home Between Disciplines: Perspective of a Doctoral Student

Where do I fit? It’s a question I ask myself a lot as a PhD researcher starting a career in academia. Do I fit somewhere like a jigsaw piece? Is there one very specific, specialised slot for me to find and make my home, among people doing complementary, similar work? Do I fit somewhere like a key? Is there one lock out there for me to open, one problem out there that my specific set of skills will be ideal to solve? Or do I fit somewhere like a nail? Will I make a perfect home for myself in one…

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Reflections on an Interdisciplinary Funding Scheme: Perspective of a Research Officer

As a research funding officer working with the Arts and Humanities community in the Irish and European funding landscape, I am all too familiar with the policy imperatives that exist around the need to better fund and support interdisciplinary research (IDR). However, bespoke funding schemes that enable this kind of research to take place are often unfortunately thin on the ground. While there are opportunities in large funding programmes like Horizon 2020, within its Societal Challenges pillar and other collaborative aspects of the programme, the barriers to entry for initiating collaborations under these kinds of programmes can be quite high,…

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SHAPE-ID planning a busy conference season as two major ITD conferences take place in Europe

SHAPE-ID partners will present at a number of upcoming conferences on inter- and transdisciplinarity taking place in September and October 2019. International Transdisciplinary Conference 2019 Td-net (Network for Transdisciplinary Research) organised its first International Transdisciplinary Conference 11 years ago.  Since then, the field has developed considerably and this year’s conference, hosted by the University of Gothenburg (10-13 September), will bring together this growing body of practitioners and researchers who are working on different types of collaborative research to examine the state of the art in both research and practice across sectors and disciplines. Registration is now open, with early bird…

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SHAPE-ID Project Meeting and Co-Design Workshop

SHAPE-ID project partners met at ISINNOVA's offices in Rome from 13-14 June for our second project meeting and Co-Design Workshop. We spent a morning reviewing progress so far, sharing insights on AHSS integration from the existing literature on interdisciplinary research, discussing plans for completing upcoming project deliverables and agreeing on an overall approach for our learning case workshops. This was followed by a very productive workshop that took place over a full afternoon and a second morning, where we began to work out the details of each of the six workshops, including the challenge each will address and potential participants.…

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SHAPE-ID Project Launch and Early Progress

It’s hard to believe three months has passed since SHAPE-ID began. So much has happened since then – we’ve launched our website and Twitter account, showcased SHAPE-ID at some high-profile events (see our News & Events page) and begun the exciting work of creating a database of relevant literature and projects for analysis, designing our survey and planning our Learning Case Workshops. Now we’re launching our blog and it seems like a good occasion for a short reflection on our early progress in getting the project up and running. On 18 February the entire consortium met for the first time…

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SHAPE-ID Poster Presentation at TCD Research Showcase

TCD partners were pleased to present SHAPE-ID at a research showcase organised by the Trinity Long Room Hub on 1 May, coinciding with the opening of the only Irish performance of 'Looking for Europe', a dramatic reading by Bernard-Henri Lévy. This showcase was a wonderful opportunity to speak to diverse members of the public about the project's aims and plans. Unsurprisingly, many intuitively understood the importance of bringing perspectives from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to bear on addressing significant societal challenges.

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Jack Spaapen Presentation on AHSS Integration at ETH Zürich

SHAPE-ID partner Dr Jack Spaapen will present at the TdLab in ETH Zürich on Tuesday 30 April 2019 on the necessity and challenges of integrating knowledge from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) to solve societal challenges. Jack's presentation is titled Crossdisciplinary cooperation within AHSS and beyond. Abstract While the world has spent billions of dollars on a long-term project to take a picture of a black hole, fields in the arts and humanities are under threat everywhere. In more than a dozen US states and in Japan governments have worked on policies to oust humanities from universities stating…

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SHAPE-ID Partners Present at Final INTREPID COST Action Conference

SHAPE-ID colleagues played a major role in the final conference of the EU INTREPID COST Action (TD1408: Interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding cycles) which took place in gloriously sunny Lisbon at the end of March.  The event was a great showcase of INTREPID’s four years of collaboration, mutual learning and networking. The conference combined contributions from colleagues who had been with INTREPID from the outset along with new network members and guests – including a number of early career researchers – presenting their work.  Catherine Lyall and Christian Pohl had the opportunity to introduce SHAPE-ID on the first day…

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SSH Integration Report Launch

SHAPE-ID partner Jack Spaapen presented the keynote address at the launch of the 4th Monitoring Report on the Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020, which took place in Brussels on 28 February. The slide pictured shows work by Niamh Brennan of TCD Library on tracking impact, including the potential of using interdisciplinarity as an indicator of impact in its own right. The report can now be accessed here.

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