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Shaping Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research

The SHAPE-ID webinar series commenced in May 2020 and is intended to engage a wider audience in discussions around the integration of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in inter- and transdisciplinary research. Some of these events will stage broader conversations, with invited panellists from the SHAPE-ID community, consortium and Expert Panel. Others will focus on SHAPE-ID project results and on how to increase the uptake of recommendations from the project.

Format: Webinars are hosted on Zoom and take the form of short presentations from panellists followed by an interactive Q&A session with the Zoom audience. Webinars will also be live-streamed on the SHAPE-ID Facebook page.

Recorded Webinars: You can listen to podcast recordings or watch video recordings of past webinars at the links below.


Click on the webinar titles for more details. Recordings of past webinars are available below.

10 December – Professionalising Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research Expertise

13.00-14.15 CET (12.00-13.15 GMT)


SHAPE-ID has found that a clear and well-defined process is needed for inter- and transdisciplinary research projects in order to manage such innovative interactions and ensure long-lasting results. This webinar will invite experts in inter- and transdisciplinary integration to consider how expertise can be fostered in academic and professional environments. What is integration expertise and why is it needed in order to develop strong collaborative research projects with diverse participants? What is the profile of the inter- or transdisciplinary scientist or researcher? What tools and methods are available to build this profile?


Dr Sabine Hoffmann | Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

Dr Nikki Brand | Technische Universiteit Delft

Dr Petra Biberhofer | Participatory Science Academy, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich

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14 May - Interdisciplinarity in Times of Crisis: Why the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Matter

13.00-14.15 CEST (12.00-13.15 GMT+1)

Recording below

Immediate responses to the COVID-19 crisis have understandably tended to focus on funding research that can fight the virus. At the same time, our world and ways of living have changed suddenly and radically, and there is a widespread sense that we cannot return to the old “normal”. Panellists will discuss why it remains important to take seriously the perspectives coming from Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences research in times of crisis, and how we can work to ensure real collaboration between these and other scientific approaches in understanding the crisis and preparing for the post-crisis world.

25 June - Pathways to Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research for the AHSS: Bridging the Research-Policy Gap

13.00-14.15 CEST (12.00-13.15 GMT+1)

Recording below

A recent Policy Brief produced by the SHAPE-ID project recommends that to increase the participation of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) in interdisciplinary research (IDR) and transdisciplinary research (TDR), policy makers and funders must work to involve researchers more substantially in programme design and evaluation. However, similar recommendations have been made many times already with limited impact. What are the challenges of implementing this recommendation and how can policy makers, researchers and Universities make progress on this front? Is this challenge specific to improving pathways to IDR and TDR or is it a more general problem with the interface AHSS researchers have built with policy makers? This webinar will invite perspectives from researchers, policy advisors and policy makers to discuss why this has proven so difficult and what steps can be taken to bridge the gap between AHSS research and policy making more generally, as well as in the specific context of increasing AHSS involvement in setting the agenda for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.

20 October – Best Practice in Interdisciplinary Research: Learning from the Neurohumanities

13.00-14.15 CEST (12.00-13.15 GMT+1)

Recording below

What can the experiences of researchers working in the emerging area of the neurohumanities teach us about the challenges and potential of interdisciplinary research between the Arts and Humanities and STEM disciplines? Why engage in such research and how are researchers navigating the significant distances between their respective disciplines? This webinar will invite researchers working in the neurohumanities to discuss best practices in interdisciplinary research from the perspective of their own experiences working at the interface of the arts and humanities and neurosciences. The case studies will showcase the potential for interdisciplinary research with meaningful roles for arts and humanities researchers and inspire researchers to learn about and engage with interdisciplinarity.

10 November – Funding Interdisciplinary Research with the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

13.00-14.15 CET (12.00-13.15 GMT)

Recording below

The SHAPE-ID Policy Brief recommends that funders and policy makers invite greater Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) participation in designing and evaluating interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research (IDR/TDR) funding calls and adapt funding instruments to acknowledge some of the unique features of IDR/TDR, such as the time it takes to build mutually respectful collaborations. But what are the challenges for funding agencies on the ground, and how have they innovated in developing funding programmes? The webinar will invite representatives of funding agencies from different European countries to discuss their challenges and efforts to develop funding programmes with AHSS involvement in IDR/TDR.


Professor Milena Žic Fuchs | University of Zagreb

Tobias Bade Strom | The Research Council of Norway

Peter Brown | Irish Research Council

Webinar Recordings

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