During spring 2021 FINTERDIS organizes three events on interdisciplinarity

During spring 2021, FINTERDIS – The Finnish Interdisciplinary Society will organize three digital events, free and open to all. Through these events, our aim is to enhance dialogue about the possibilities and challenges of interdisciplinarity between scholars at different career stages, administrative staff, experts in science policy, and foundation representatives. You are warmly welcome to join! 

Towards an Emotional Climate Change, March 15, 2021, at 14:15-16:00

In this event, we shall discuss what kinds of emotional intelligence skills and emotional challenges are especially relevant for interdisciplinary research, and how we could jointly develop more positive emotional climates to support our creative work and well-being as interdisciplinarians. The discussion will be joined by Dr. Mikko Salmela (University of Helsinki; University of Copenhagen), who specializes in interdisciplinary research on emotions, as well as members of the Kudelma network, whose new HUMUS-project is developing a holistic approach to well-being through creative integration of environmental and medical sciences. Sign up for the event here

Productive Failure in Interdisciplinary Research, April 2021 (date and time TBA)

Our April 2021 event shall focus on productive failure, an integral part of research that aims to be innovative. Many of us are also familiar with failure when trying to get research funding or get our research published. However, failure is still not discussed productively in our academic community – instead, it is often hidden in shame. How to find courage and positive energy to keep going with our creative work, and convert our failures to fruitful lessons to be collectively learned from?  

Challenges and possibilities of interdisciplinary funding, May 2021 (date and time TBA)

  • In May 2021, we will organize an event on interdisciplinary funding, inviting representatives from Finland’s most remarkable foundations and funding agencies to join. The goal is to enhance dialogue so that the funders could better understand the circumstances which affect the possibilities of early-career interdisciplinarians to gain funding. In addition, the event aims to inform early-career interdisciplinarians about the different foundations’ particular expectations and goals as to interdisciplinarity. The event will be moderated by Dr. Ruta Kazlauskaite (Aalto University).

We will provide dates and other updated information concerning the April and May events as soon as possible on this website as well as on Twitter @finterdis!

In case you have any questions or comments as to our events, please don’t hesitate do get in touch with us: info@finterdis.fi

Alusta: Early Career Researchers Form a New Academic Society in Support of Interdisciplinary Research and Careers

Elina I. Mäkinen wrote an article about the background and early steps of FINTERDIS to Alusta journal published by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Tampere University.

“I hope that by creating a community of interdisciplinary early career scholars in Finland and by providing them with peer support, we will have a better chance of improving the educational structures and programs of universities so that they would enable not only interdisciplinary but also intergenerational exchange of ideas.”