Invitation to the Annual General Meeting, to be followed by an informal Happy Hour, on May 27 starting at 17:00 EET. Meeting agenda, registration and more information:

Past events:

Challenges and possibilities of interdisciplinary funding, May 6, 2021 at 14:15-16:00 EET. Recording of the event available here. You may provide feedback about the event here.

The goal of this event was 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 aimed to inform interdisciplinarians about the different funding agencies’ specific expectations and goals as to interdisciplinarity. Our panelists included

We also welcomed Q&A and comments from participants. The event was moderated by Dr. Ruta Kazlauskaite (Aalto University).


Productive Failure in Innovative Research, April 26, 2021, at 14:15-16:00 EET. Recording of the event available here. You may provide feedback about the event here.

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 into fruitful lessons to be learned from?

Our event began 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
from ETH Zürich, Switzerland and Dr. Jaakko Hilppö from the
University of Helsinki. We then proceeded to Q&A and joint discussion,
inviting all participants to share thoughts and experiences about failure, innovation,
and resilience. 


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

In this event, we discussed 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 was 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.