Td Training


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.


  • 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
TD Summer School 2019

Td Summer School 2019, Kazbegi: We are heading east! The next Td Summer School will be held in the first week of July in Caucasia…more

Td Summer School 2018: 26 nations, one idea

Often, complex problems can only be solved hand in hand: Since 2012, Professor Dr. Ulli Vilsmaier has organised the Td Summer School with participants from all over the world. Participants from Bangladesh, Kenya and Georgia reported that the first week of September saw five days of cooperative research at the interface between science and practice being discussed again. more