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Blending sciences: The benefits and pitfalls of interdisciplinary research

Monday, 22 May, 2017 - 19:30
(Terarken 2), Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels
Lecture and debate

One of the loudest buzzwords in current science politics is interdisciplinarity. Interdisciplinary research requires that multidisciplinary teams assemble and create a common language and framework for discovery and innovation. This offers huge benefits, but how easy is it in practice? Apart from attitudinal resistance, differing research methods, a lack of funding and dissemination possibilities, communication barriers among the different disciplines often puts a spanner in the works. In this salon three scientists will share their successes and failures in interdisciplinary collaboration.


19:30 - Welcome 

19:35 - Lecture by Paul Halstead (The University of Sheffield):'Food production and diet in the Mediterranean longue durée: challenges of, and lessons from, blending humanities, natural sciences and social sciences'

20:00 - Presentation by Ana Naomi de Sousa (Forensic Architecture): 'Negotiating methodologies, practice and ethics in cross-disciplinary projects.'

20:15 - Presentattion by Ann Dooms (VUB)

20:30 - Discussion

21:30 - Drinks

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