Interdisciplinary (ID) research has been discussed and presented with the objective of achieving results with integrative and innovative solutions, reaching real problems related to society and the scientific community. The combination of knowledge and knowledge from different scientific areas can contribute directly to the professional development of researchers, broadening the horizons of strictly disciplinary knowledge and contributing with new theoretical and methodological approaches. In the European context, there are initiatives of development, government and industry bodies for scientific research that finance interdisciplinary lines of research. However, there are still persistent challenges: compartmental research and publication of interdisciplinary research. Many projects classified as interdisciplinary have worked in different fields of knowledge, but do not integrate them. This disciplinary-interdisciplinary movement is not easy or developed in a trivial way, however it must be incorporated in the research programs. The problems of science and society in general are inter- and even multidisciplinary. The teaching of science must suit the temporal reality and develop broad and comprehensive solutions.
During the term 2018/2019 plans of our WG for the coming year are to contribute more actively to the objectives of Eurodoc by broadening the discussion on disciplinary practices and consensualities in the academy and in this way to develop policies and practical guidelines for introducing in European research programs the theme Interdisciplinarity. Our main objectives: discuss and make comparative analysis on the challenges and weaknesses of ID in each Eurodoc country; propose thematic axes for the elaboration of guidelines that can guide the research in the field of ID; create an effective ID platform to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration with relevant stakeholders; increase the general number of WG members and active members; organize workshop on ID and take part in interdisciplinarity meetings; publish policy paper on field of ID; monitor progress in research programs where WG members are located and active.
Co-Coordinators : Yuliia Ovchynnykova & André Batalhao
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