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Transdisciplinarity is a new approach to research and problem solving. The core idea is that researchers, practitioners and stakeholders must cooperate in order to address the complex challenges of society. The International Transdisciplinarity Conference, held in Switzerland in early 2000, produced a platform of theory and practice. This book contains definitions, keynote addresses, summaries of sessions and panels, and names recipients of the Swiss Transdisciplinarity Award. Key topics include the nature of transdisciplinarity, research management, knowledge integration, mutual learning, teamwork and stakeholder involvement, guidelines for good practice, institutional structures, North-South partnerships, and evaluation. The audience includes all disciplinary and interdisciplinary researchers concerned with sustainability and practitioners and stakeholders in a wide variety of areas (energy, natural resources, urban and landscape planning, waste management, biotechnology, health care, and education)...
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1 Summary and Synthesis.- 1.1 Summary.- 1.2 Synthesis.- 2 Introduction.- 2.1 Why a Globalized World Needs Transdisciplinarity.- 2.2 The Discourse of Transdisciplinarity: An Expanding Global Field.- 3 Keynote Addresses.- 3.1 What Kind of Science Does our World Need Today and Tomorrow? A New Contract between Science and Society.- 3.2 From Microscope to Kaleidoscope: Merging Fields of Vision.- 3.3 The Potntial of Transdisciplinarity.- 3.4 The Responsibility of Science and Scientists.- 3.5 Mobilizing the Intellectual Capital of Universities.- 4 Interactive Sessions.- 4.1 The Dialogue Sessions.- 4.2 The Mutual Learning Sessions.- 4.3 The Idea Market.- 5 The Swiss Transdisciplinarity Award.- 5.1 Introduction: Goals and Criteria of the Award.- 5.2 Final Awards.- 5.2.1 Sustainability: A Cross-disciplinary Concept for Social-Ecological Transformations.- 5.2.2 OEkostrom: The Social Construction of Green Electricity Standards in Switzerland.- 5.2.3 The Green Leaves of Life's Golden Tree: The Project "Research in Public".- 5.3 Finalists.- 5.3.1 Evolution Toward Transdisciplinarity in Technology and Resource Management Research: The Case of a Project in Ethiopia.- 5.3.2 On the Search for Ecojumps in Technology: From Future Visions to Technology Programs.- 5.3.3 Cross-disciplinary Knowledge as a Guide to the Study and Management of Complexity: The Case of Product Definition in the Aerospace Industry.- 5.3.4 A Modest Success Story: Linkki 2 Research Program on Energy Conservation Decisions and Behavior.- 5.3.5 Transdisciplinarity in Planning of Sustainable Urban Revitalization.- 5.3.6 The Role of Participatory Technology Assessment in Policy-Making.- 5.3.7 The Potential of a Research-Action-Capacity Building Approach for Effective Management of Urban Environmental Problems.- 6 Outcomes.- 6.1 Reflections on the Interactive Sessions: From Scepticism to Good Practices.- 6.2 Learning about Transdisciplinarity: Where Are We? Where Have We Been? Where Should We Go?.- 6.3 Impacts on Science Management and Science Policy.- 7 Conclusion.- Mainstreaming Transdisciplinarity: A Resarch-Political Campaign.- Appendices.- Appendix A.- Conference Organizers: SPPE, ETHZ/UNS, ABB, Science et Cite, econcept AG and Marketing Service Ltd..- Honorary Board, Conference Board, and Organizing Committee.- Appendix B.- References.- Appendix C.- List of Participants.- Appendix D.- List of Contributors.- Abbreviations and Acronyms.

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