Transdisciplinary Research at the Science | Society Interface

Since 2012, Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty Lüne­burg has of­fe­red the Td Sum­mer School: Trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry Re­se­arch at the Sci­ence | So­cie­ty In­ter­face. De­si­gned for sci­en­tists and prac­ti­tio­ners from Civil Society Organizaions (the administrative and economic sector, among others), Td Sum­mer School is conceptualized as a space for mutual learning to enable collaboration, knowledge integration and transformation in-between established societal fields. 

Leu­pha­na of­fers a 5-day in­ten­si­ve trai­ning and a 2-3 day spe­cial trai­ning in trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch. The Td Sum­mer School pre­pa­res re­se­ar­chers and prac­ti­tio­ners for joint re­se­arch on so­cie­tal needs. The cour­ses pro­vi­de both theo­re­ti­cal and me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal foun­da­ti­ons, as well as ex­pe­ri­ence in de­si­gning and im­ple­men­ting trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch pro­ces­ses.

A spe­cial fo­cus of the Td Sum­mer School is on broa­de­ning the par­ti­ci­pants’ di­sci­pli­na­ry and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch towards a trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry ap­proach, and on en­ab­ling prac­ti­tio­ners to ex­pand their role in cont­ri­bu­ting to trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch. Brin­ging to­ge­ther sci­en­tists, prac­ti­tio­ners and po­li­cy ma­kers, the Td Sum­mer School al­lows par­ti­ci­pants to ex­pe­ri­ence mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives and a joint ela­bo­ra­ti­on of ro­les, tasks and re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ties in co­ope­ra­ti­ve re­se­arch and the trans­for­ma­ti­on of so­cie­tal needs.

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  • Understanding the emergence of transdisciplinary research in the context of societal changes

  • Getting familiar with different transdisciplinary research methodologies and process designs
  • Gaining skills in inter- and transdisciplinary research methods: mutual learning and knowledge integration methods, methods of boundary work, validation and assessments 
  • Exploring how to broaden the participants’ disciplinary and interdisciplinary research by adopting principles of transdisciplinary research
  • Identifying different functions of transdisciplinary processes and respective roles of involved parties


    Apl. Prof. Dr. Ulli Vilsmaier
    Universitätsallee 1, C40.528
    21335 Lüneburg
    Fon +49.4131.677-2295


    A detailed list of the entire training team can be found here.


    Td Summer School 2020

    Td Summer School 2020, Baku (Azerbaijan): This year's Td Summer School was going to be hosted by Azerbaijan University in June, 2020. However, due to the ongoing "Covid-19 Crisis" it had to be postponed. You can keep yourself updated on the website by following this link