ISOE's Summer School on Applied Transdisciplinary Methods

Sunday, July 29, 2018 (All day) to Friday, August 3, 2018 (All day)
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

What is the motivation of the Summer School? 

This summer school will bridge the gap between disciplinary PhD-programs and transdisciplinary (TD) research practice by introducing new TD approaches such as Real World Laboratories and TD methods such as .boundary objects or stakeholder dialogues.

Special attention will be given to knowledge integration as this is one of the major cognitive challenges in TD research.

Building a strong network and exchanging experiences between you, as young scientists, and leading international senior researchers will be the main focus in lectures, workshops and open spaces.


What is your benefit?

  • You will receive a profound overview and practical training by international scientists on state-of-the-art TD methods
  • You will enhance your skills in designing, conducting and evaluating TD research projects
  • You will be able to reflect your own experiences in inter- and transdisciplinary projects against the other participants’ and senior scientists’ backgrounds
  • You will gain practical experience via hands-on sessions
  • You will experience the multi-faceted landscape of the Nidda region in an excursion with practitioners of the NiddaMan research project.


Who should apply?

  • You are a graduate master student, PhD candidate or early Post-Doc in the field of sustainability sciences?
  • You are interested in TD?
  • You have first experiences in inter-or transdisciplinary research?
  • You are keen on enhancing your TD method skills by actively engaging in discussions and by learning in a reflexive process?

If so, apply and join us for Brilliant Minds 2018 Summer School!


Ready for application? – Useful information at a glance

Date: July 29 to August 3, 2018

PlaceForschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg (near Frankfurt/Main), Germany

Registration fee: 300 EUR. Travel expenses, accommodation and catering will be covered by the funding institution, the Volkswagen Foundation. Applicants for whom the fee could hinder participation (for example because they receive a scholarship), please write an email to

Application deadlineMay 20, 2018



How to apply?

Please submit your Curriculum Vitae along with a 500-word letter of motivation and a 300-word abstract for a short poster presentation. The contributions should focus on your recent research within the field of sustainability and should indicate linkages to inter- and transdisciplinarity.

Please send your applications (combined in one PDF document) to

All applicants will be notified about their participation before June 1, 2018.