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ISSTI Interdisciplinary Masterclass

June 18 – June 19 2008

Venue: University of Edinburgh

Organised by:

Dr Catherine Lyall, ESRC Innogen Centre

This residential workshop aims to develop participants' research management, leadership and supervisory skills in interdisciplinary projects that span the social and natural sciences (including engineering and medical sciences).

At the end of the workshop we hope that participants will have:

  • explored their motivations for interdisciplinary research and the different modes of interdisciplinary working

  • considered some of the skills needed to be a good interdisciplinary researcher, research manager and leader of interdisciplinary teams

  • discussed some of the ways in which interdisciplinary collaboration may be sustained, the problems that may be encountered and tactics for addressing such challenges

The workshop programme will include talks from experienced interdisciplinary researchers who will draw on their own research to illustrate a number of themes such as:

  • different models of interdisciplinarity and the impact this has on research design

  • preparing an interdisciplinary research proposal

  • building and leading an interdisciplinary research team

  • developing and communicating understanding of socio-economic dimensions of complex technical issues

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