Call for research groups to participate in a study on emotions and values connected to multidisciplinary grant application processes

Dear fellow researchers,

I am looking for research groups that are willing to participate in a social psychological study that focuses on emotions and values (affects) connected to multidisciplinary grant application processes and social interaction that takes place when applying for project funding in Finnish universities. By participating, you are enabling the collection of valuable data as well as the formation of new knowledge regarding research funding and multidisciplinary collaboration.  

The participants of the study give their consent to research use of video and voice recordings of their project meetings during a grant application process that aims towards a certain funding call. The data is collected during years 2021–2022. The recording and possible file delivery process do not require much extra work from the participants. The recording arrangements will discussed together beforehand and the researcher is responsible for the provision of recording equipment as well as possible instructions regarding their use in case the meetings are arranged face-to-face. Complementary information can be inquired from the participants regarding the context of the meetings and the background of the project in the form of a questionnaire sent to the participants near the end if the funding application process (response time max 10 minutes) and via email messages or in connection with meetings where the researcher is present.  

The data is handled confidentially, and it is presented in publications so that the participants cannot be recognised from the data clips. Confidential matters concerning the participants or the project will not be presented in publications.  

The study is part of a doctoral dissertation, the main supervisor of which is Adjunct Professor and Research Director Oili-Helena Ylijoki from Tampere University. The study is funded by Kone Foundation (Academic Affects project until 6/2021) and The Finnish Cultural Foundation (personal three-year research grant between 7/2021–6/2024).  

I welcome inquiries regarding the study and participation to it via email to the address elisa.kurtti@tuni.fi. We can also agree upon a Teams or Zoom call to further discuss matters related to the study.

Kind Regards,

Elisa Kurtti

Doctoral Researcher, Tampere University 

Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI) 
Involved in TAU’s Science Studies Group and Encounters research group that focuses on studying human social interaction  

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 funding agency representatives. You are warmly welcome to join! 

Next event:

Challenges and possibilities of interdisciplinary funding, May 6, 2021 at 14:15-16:00 EET. ACCESS: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/64095355120?pwd=cjY2czVBd1dGVkN3ZTJldlAzdGlFdz09, passcode 453529

Continuing from the theme of Productive failure, the goal of this event is to enhance dialogue so that Finnish funding agencies could better understand the circumstances which affect the possibilities of early-career interdisciplinarians in particular to gain funding. In addition, the event aims to inform interdisciplinarians about the different funding agencies’ specific expectations and goals as to interdisciplinarity. Our panelists include

We also welcome Q&A and comments from participants. The event will be moderated by Dr. Ruta Kazlauskaite (Aalto University). Sign up to the event here

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

Past events:

Failure is an inevitable 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? 

 Our event will begin with introductions from experts who have engaged with questions related to productive failure and innovation from different angles ranging from technology to environmental and educational sciences: Professor Karl-Erik Michelsen from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Dr. BinBin Pearce from ETH Zürich, Switzerland and Dr. Jaakko Hilppö from the University of Helsinki. We will then proceed to Q&A and joint discussion, inviting all participants to share thoughts and experiences about failure, innovation, and resilience. Sign up to the event here!

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 skills of emotion regulation are fundamental for interdisciplinary research. Scholars with high levels of emotional intelligence are capable of recognizing the limits of their own knowledge, admitting and learning from failures, and being empathetic towards other people. Previous research shows that positive emotions play a crucial role for the successful development of innovative and interdisciplinary projects for individual scholars and research teams alike. At the same time, emotional and interactive tensions can affect the intellectual contents of research. Integrating ideas across fields can lead to intellectual conflicts and informational overload. These issues can become accentuated if the representatives of the different fields perceive one another as competitors. This may provoke feelings of inadequacy, inability, and dismissal of one’s own expertise.

The improvement of emotional climates entails that we recognize the emotions experienced in our academic environments such as fear, sadness, anger, enthusiasm, and pride, as well as feelings such as shame and envy, which are experienced but not expressed due to feeling rules of academia. Previous research has shown that the high emotional intelligence of researchers correlates with emotional climates characterized by creativity and courage, whereas low emotional intelligence correlates with emotional climates characterized by fear and anxiety. This suggests that the creative potential of research communities can be enhanced through the development of emotional intelligence, while also critically considering the feeling rules that regulate the expression of emotions in our academic communities.

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

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.”