Past event: Conference "Learning by doing - making interdisciplinarity work"

The conference "Learning by doing - making interdisciplinarity work" on the role of interdisciplinarity in European research and perspectives from the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities took place on 15 January 2013 in Brussels.

The conference was organised by the international network of National Contact Points for Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Net4Society in partnership with the European Alliance for the Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH).  The event allowed researchers from different disciplines and SSH stakeholders to interact in order to share experiences and good practices and finally draw lessons from interdisciplinary research projects in different FP7 themes.

The conference seeked to overcome the challenges in properly integrating contributions from the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) into different research fields by
• Hearing experiences on interdisciplinary integration from current FP7 projects;
• Drawing lessons for future interdisciplinary research

The main aim of the conference was to identify successful paths for making multi- and interdisciplinarity effective. The event addressed research managers, funding organisations and researchers.The results of the conference will also be fed into a policy brief with policy recommendations. Speaker's presentations are available for download below.

A documentation of the discussions during the conference is available here: Proceedings of the conference

Agenda of the conference  


Adrian Alsop (ESRC) - "Interdisciplinary research - Perspective of a UK research funder" (PDF)

John Doling (University of Birmingham) - "DEMHOW - Democratic Change and Housing Wealth" (PDF)

Torbjörn Svensson, (Lund University) -  "FUTURAGE - A Roadmap for Ageing Research" (PDF) 

Antonia Trichopoulou (Hellenic Health Foundation) - "CHANCES - Consortium on Health and Ageing" (PDF)

Andrea Ricci (ISIS) - "Interdisciplinary projects in the fields of Energy, Environment and Transport - FLAG-SHIP, PASHMINA, MOVE-TOGETHER" (PDF)

Lydia S. Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia (University of Exeter) - "CLIWASEC clustering Projects WASSERMED-CLICO-CLIMB" (PDF)

Fabrice Renaud (UN University) - "Interdisciplinarity in the CLICO Project" (PDF)

Nick Gotts (GILDED project) - "Interdisciplinarity in the GILDED Project" (PDF)

Sveva Avveduto (CNR-IRPPS) -"Interdisciplinary Projects in the field of security - The RESPECT Project" (PDF) 

J. Peter Burgess (PRIO) - "PERSEUS - Interdisciplinary challenges to surveillance technologies" (PDF)

Angela Liberatore (EC, DG Research) - "International scientific cooperation, interdisciplinarity and the role of social sciences" (PDF)

Angela Schindler-Daniels (Net4Society) - "Conclusions from the Conference" (PDF)


  • Proceedings of the conference

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  • Conference Agenda


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