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Liveable Planet Lunch Lecture: ‘If you want to travel far, go together’: transdisciplinary collaboration for a Liveable Planet - Laurens Hessels (Hybrid)

Thursday 23 February 2023
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Hybrid: Live at the van Steenis building, room E.003A and online in MS Teams

You are invited to join us for the fourteenth lunch meeting of the Liveable Planet programme lunch series. This meeting can be attended live in the van Steenis building E0.003A.



Short introduction


Laurens Hessels will take the stage for a short presentation, followed by an opportunity to discuss:

If you want to travel far, go together

Given the urgent societal problems we are facing, there is a renewed interest in transdisciplinary collaboration. Integrating scientific knowledge and practical knowledge is key for addressing complex challenges, but it is not easy to bring about. Transdiscplinary research requires competences that are traditionally less recognized in the academic context, such as communication skills and knowledge synthesis. Moreover, collaborations with societal partners also often involve diverging interests or even conflict. And this kind of collaboration often clashes with the academic reward system. Building on my own research and on literature from Science and Technology Studies and Transdisciplinary Science, I will introduce several principles for practicing, organizing and evaluating transdisciplinary collaboration.

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The Liveable Planet programme is one of the eight interdisciplinary programmes that were launched at Leiden University in 2020

Leiden’s Liveable Planet programme aims to combine scientific, policy, socio-cultural and historical/archaeological research at Leiden University into coherent research with which we can tackle the major challenges of a transition to a habitable planet with ecological sustainability. The programme will  serve as a hub for the wide range of relevant research carried out within Leiden University and welcomes interaction with colleagues interested in contributing to the initiative within as well as outside of Leiden University.

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