...Challenges in interdisciplinary science

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Events Royal Society Workshop

SPRU / Royal Society Workshop on Challenges in Policy Relevant Interdisciplinary Science.

Date: 7th March 2011

Place: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

There has never been a time when research was more important to policy. Global challenges of climate change, biodiversity, global health and food, water and energy security demand genuinely interdisciplinary scientific research. Funders and policymakers are increasingly recognising the importance of research that blends different – perhaps contrasting – disciplines and engages with wider society. But there is emerging evidence of institutional barriers acting against interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research.

Open questions and unresolved challenges remain. How should resources be balanced between disciplinary and interdisciplinary research? How should interdisciplinary research be measured, evaluated and funded? How can ‘excellence’ be reconciled with policy ‘robustness'? Do established disciplines present institutional obstacles to interdisciplinary research?

Drawing on current innovative research, this workshop will examine some of these challenges and questions and interrogate their implications.


Workshop materials