Interdisciplinarity is widely acknowledged as essential to the generation of new and ground-breaking research results, and there is an increasingly urgent global demand for scientific research that dares to think across traditional boundaries between fields and disciplines and strives to create fertile ground for new approaches and insights.
The integration of methods, data, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from different scientific fields is crucial in the effort to expand the scope of collective human knowledge.
However, in practice, specialists who run the risk of doing such research face a number of difficulties. Ruth Müller, Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), told about this in her interview in 2019. And although she spoke of the specific problems that she encountered while working at the multidisciplinary research center in Sweden, we see that these problems are global in nature.
Thus, despite the growing interest in interdisciplinary research and understanding of their role in the science of the future among modern scientists, there are a number of difficulties that adherents of this direction have yet to overcome.
Read about the experience of some countries and organizations in our news reviews.