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InsSciDE at History of Science and Technology Conference in Kiruna, Sweden

Three members of the InsSciDE consortium will hold a round table discussion at a conference on the History of Science and Technology in Kiruna, Sweden, 27-29 March 2019.

Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen (WP2), Anna Åberg (WP6), Nina Wormbs (WP7), and Erland Mårald from the multi-disciplinary forest research program, Mistra Future Forests, will consider questions and challenges relating to interdisciplinarity and the central InsSciDE theme of Inventing a Shared Science Diplomacy for Europe.

As interdisciplinary projects have become essential to addressing today’s increasingly complex issues, forging productive relationships across disciplines and transforming research results into policy are now common challenges for academic and scientific communities. The four panelists will draw on their individual experiences to address questions that emerge upon adopting interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving.

The participatory and interactive round table will revolve around questions within the expertise of the panelists, such as:

- How do we reconcile perceptions of ‘science’ among researchers in social and natural sciences and find common ground on issues to be prioritised?

- How can we approach disagreement between different fields on what can be considered ‘established facts’?

- To what extent can researchers influence how their findings are used?

- To what extent are traditional education systems preparing students for a more interdisciplinary future?

  • Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen is the leader of InsSciDE’s WP2 - Power with Science Diplomacy, and conducts research on theory and strategy for science diplomacy based on the history of science and technology. He is primarily concerned with ensuring that upcoming generations of researchers and students are equipped to address problems from a transdisciplinary and cross-border perspective.
  • Anna Åberg is a case study author in WP6 - Security, and is developing a case on the project ITER, an international nuclear fusion research and engineering mega-project with a consortium consisting of 35 countries. She will address the challenges that come with studying a project which is still ongoing, and the dynamic between the project itself and the overarching experiment of interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Nina Wormbs is the leader of WP7 - Environment. Her research has focused on media history with a special interest in infrastructural and political issues concerning broadcasting technologies and frequency allocation. She will discuss how we might bridge the gap between the historical research of complex interdisciplinary projects, and the demand for linear summaries and directly applicable lessons that are often expected by practitioners.
  • Erland Mårald will offer first-hand insights into interdisciplinary partnerships based on his experiences at the research program Mistra Future Forests, which lasted from 2009-2017 and had a budget of almost €30 million. The program included researchers from both the natural and social sciences and required their collaboration with representatives of environmental organisations, government entities, as well as the forest industry. Mårald will shed light on the conflicts and opportunities that arise when various disciplines and external actors are brought together, each of whom may have their own concoction of values, expectations, and pre-conceived notions.

The History of Science and Technology Conference 2019 is a national event held in Kiruna, Sweden, every two years. The theme for 2019 is Space and Frontiers.

Read about the other sessions and the keynote speakers of the conference.