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Turning Data into Discovery

To make the most of the current data deluge, we must reward interdisciplinary researchers who identify and apply the most appropriate analysis methods. We quote Vicki Chandler, who is the chief program officer in science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Interdisciplinary School established in London

"For those who want to shape the world, not just fit in", - is the School slogan.

The LIS team are a unique combination of leading academics; entrepreneurs who have built transformational businesses; and educationalists who have deep expertise in the science of learning, and experience of establishing new institutions.

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Interdisciplinary Research: New Prospects for Philosophy

What connects philosophers, linguists, and logicians? How do you develop partnerships with dozens of foreign research centres in just six months? Can science exist in isolation from the outside world? Elena Dragalina-Chernaya, Head of the International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics, and Formal Philosophy, discusses these and other issues.

From a Local Study Group to an International Research Team

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Building interdisciplinary bridges to create an innovative future

Tel Aviv University is busy breaking down barriers between faculties that previously enjoyed little interaction.

Eager to enhance their post-university employability in an increasingly hi-tech world, the evolving preferences of prospective students have led to a so-called “crisis in the humanities.”
Yet among those students that opt to pursue an education in engineering instead, it is often said that fresh graduates struggle to bridge the gap between academia and industry expectations.

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Historic Partnership between the Weizmann Institute of Science and Institut Curie

On March 22, 2019 the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and Institut Curie in Paris, France, two major world-class research institutes, signed an historic partnership that will allow their teams to work closely together to improve knowledge in the field of life sciences, particularly in the areas of physics and chemistry, and most specifically - in the field of cancer research. This is a milestone in the history of these two institutes that have been working together for 15 years, particularly in the field of biophysics.

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The push for interdisciplinary teams can lead to fake collaborations

Funding methods encourage dubious behaviours.

The pressure on researchers to build large, interdisciplinary teams can lead to fake collaborations that undermine research integrity, according to two psychologists. Roy Hessles at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and Alan Kingstone at the University of British Columbia in Canada say that funding agencies and institutions should make greater efforts to ensure that interdisciplinary teams applying for grants are genuine. They presented their views in a preprint posted on PsyArXiv.

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The interdisciplinary masters program has successfully established itself at NSU

Undergraduates with a pilot recruitment for the Interdisciplinary Master's program "Information Technologies, Bioinformatics and Digital Agrotechnologies" of Novosibirsk State University are successfully completing their studies in 2020. They began their studies in 2018.

The program is aimed at training highly qualified specialists in computer science and bioinformatics with knowledge in the field of selection and genetics, agricultural technology, capable of developing modern information technologies.

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What are fake interdisciplinary collaborations and why do they occur?

Based on the article of Lianghao Dai on Nature Index

It's not always intentional.

'Fake’ interdisciplinary collaborations (IDCs) happen when scientists of various disciplines put their names on a joint project application for an interdisciplinary research project, but no knowledge integration occurs, because they end up working on their individual or mono-disciplinary research separately.

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The gospel of ERC’s new president: super-disciplinary science

Mauro Ferrari says scientists should get rid of ‘disciplinary goggles’ and combine expertise to create new fields of scientific research. At times, when talking to him, it seems there is little that could dishearten the new president of the European Research Council (ERC).

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Big Idea Challenge 2.0 interdisciplinary research competition

Another example of supporting interdisciplinary research is the experience of Purdue University's Discovery Park. In the spring of 2019, the University hosted the final of the Big Idea Challenge 2.0 competition, the winners of which received initial funding for their projects aimed at solving global problems.

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Leuven Institutes: a promising organisational format for interdisciplinary research

Talking about the experience of scientific organizations and educational institutions that seek to promote the development of interdisciplinary research at various levels, we would like to talk about the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Flanders, Belgium. In 2019, the University’s Academic Council approved the format and procedure for submitting applications for the so-called “Leuven institutes”.

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World Science Day

Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.

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International Pi Day Today!

The whole world celebrates the “π” Day on March 14th (3/14). Happy Pi Day to you! :) 

Interdisciplinary research: why it's seen as a risky route

Higher education needs to break down the barriers that block pathways to cross-subject study

It's a normal enough question in social situations: people just trying to make conversation and ask an obvious question with an easy answer. For me, though, there's usually a bit of an awkward silence while I try to come up with a short and not-too-confusing response.

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Interdisciplinary research by the numbers

An analysis reveals the extent and impact of research that bridges disciplines.

Interdisciplinary work is considered crucial by scientists, policymakers and funders — but how widespread is it really, and what impact does it have? Scholars say that the concept is complex to define and measure, but efforts to map papers by the disciplines of the journals they appear in and by their citation patterns are — tentatively — revealing the growth and influence of interdisciplinary research.

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The charachter of interdisciplinary research

There are considerable benefits in encouraging interdisciplinary research, particularly where the objective of the research is to achieve useful economic, social, environmental or cultural outcomes. The real world does not always present its problems and opportunities conveniently aligned with traditional academic disciplines so mechanisms are needed to facilitate interactions and collaborations between researchers working in widely different fields.

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Finland Moves to Interdisciplinary Curriculum Model

Finland is leaving behind traditional subject teaching in schools in favor of topic teaching. School subjects such as math, history and science won’t be taught distinctly anymore, and the line between subjects will be more fluid as students will be exposed to several subjects at once as proposed ‘phenomenon teaching’ sets forth.

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How do we evaluate interdisciplinary research?

In recent years, a new research and innovation policy regime has emerged around the need to address the great challenges of contemporary society, such as the environment, energy, infrastructure, and security.

None of these challenges follow the traditional disciplinary boundaries. They are interdisciplinary in nature and call for solutions that cut across normal academic divisions. Yet, it is still to a large extent unclear what is meant by this ‘interdisciplinary turn’. How will interdisciplinary research and innovation change the organisation and evaluation of research?

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Interprofessionalism — What Can We Learn from Interdisciplinary Research?

As health professions educators consider both the potential value and practical implementation of interprofessionalism in their institutions, we have much to learn from the history and growing body of literature on interdisciplinary collaboration in universities. This article focuses on definitions and forms of interdisciplinary research, as well as widely viewed benefits and drivers of interdisciplinarity. Our summer newsletter will extend this overview with a look at barriers to interdisciplinary efforts and ways to overcome them.

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Mind meld

Interdisciplinary science must break down barriers between fields to build common ground.

In Castlegar, Canada, there is a golf shop that also offers vacuum-cleaner repairs, and in the Czech Republic town of Kostelec nad Orlicí, a business will sell you both wine and underwear. Such odd couplings are humorous because of their curiously limited scope. There is nothing funny, after all, about a megastore that repairs equipment and sells golf clubs, wine, underwear and everything else under the Sun.

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