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Durham University

Faculty of Science


Creating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries

Wednesday 16 December 2020 - 8am (GMT) / 4pm (Beijing)

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Presented by:

Professor Nancy Cartwright, Professor of Philosophy, Durham University & Distinguished Professor, University of California at San Diego

Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Natural Philosophy, Department of Physics, University of York

What will be covered?

From the study of silkworms to understanding gravity waves to designing human knee implants, collaborating across different disciplines in research is a common way of working for academics.

This lecture will highlight the importance of interdisciplinary work to scientific research and the exciting opportunities for knowledge creation it offers. It will also cover the challenges involved and how to overcome them.

Professor Nancy Cartwright will illustrate these challenges with the Gravity Probe, the Oxford knee and the programme to save the native foxes on Santa Cruz Island in California.

The webinar will close with some reflections and examples in relation to the practical implications for scientists by Professor Tom McLeish.

Prof Denis Noble (FRS) has also initiated promotion in Oxford and the promotion video is live (see

People can use this link to get into the Zoom without pre-booking:

When: Dec 16, 2020 08:00 AM London (16:00 PM BEIJING)

Topic: Knowledge Across Borders Webinar Series

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 612315

Webinar ID: 980 3308 4111

Passcode: 612315