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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Interdisciplinary Workshop October 2012


The Institute of Advanced Study has introduced into its programme of activities a one-day workshop to assist its Fellows and Durham researchers in navigating interdisciplinarity. In October 2012, academics from multiple disciplinary areas participated in the first of these events. The workshop is designed to enable people to work through each stage of collaborative research development, from initial conversations about interdisciplinary collaboration to thinking about research outputs. It includes a series of experimental exercises, and concludes with some project design (which in its first run produced a couple of very viable and exciting research ideas).

The IAS will run this workshop a couple of times a year, and invitations to participate will be open to all full-time research staff in Durham. Feedback from the first workshop included the following comments.  

Thank you for such a wonderful day on interdisciplinarity at the IAS. It was such a pleasure to participate — and in particular to know that the IAS is so clearly moving well beyond some of the other conceptualizations of interdisciplinarity that I have seen elsewhere. 

A fascinating day! Really very useful, and nice to meet some academics from other disciplines. Thanks! 

It was fascinating to see how different disciplines communicated with others. I have talked about the importance of studying this process, as the success of interdisciplinary institutes - i.e. most of the Durham Institutes – depends on getting this right.