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? Our discussion will be joined by Professor Karl-Erik Michelsen from Lappeenranta University of Technology; Academy of Finland Fellow, Dr. Johanna Ylipulli from Aalto University; and Dr. BinBin Pearce from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Michelsen and Yli-Pulli will build on their previous discussion “Is it acceptable to fail in science?” (Finnish Science Forum, 2019). Dr. Pearce will build on her article “Learning to fail forward: operationalizing productive failure for tackling complex environmental problems,” published in the new book Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Failures: Lessons Learned from Cautionary Tales (Routledge, 2020).

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: