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Cultures of Multi-disciplinarity: Catalysing, developing and supporting research that spans disciplines

Date & Time:

17th June 2019
15:45 - 17:00


Meeting Room 2b

The drive for multidisciplinary research (MDR) is of increasing importance across the research landscape, with funding applications, REF and Public Engagement all giving special consideration to research that spans academic disciplines. However, achieving a vibrant multidisciplinary environment is challenging with cultural, structural and logistical barriers that must be surmounted in order to build effective collaborations.

With an increasing number of multidisciplinary funding calls with short deadlines requiring networks to be in place to ensure rapid response, how can we, as Research Professionals, respond to these challenges and support our institutions to deliver MDR whilst still promoting a unified institutional identity?

This facilitated panel discussion will give you insights from a range of institutions and mechanisms designed to promote MDR, with a strong emphasis on audience Q&A. Speakers include:

  • David Evans, Institute for Global Innovation, University of Birmingham
  • Sue Gilligan, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Zoe Bolton, Interdisciplinary Research Development Officer, Lancaster University
  • Dr Caitriona Curtis, Institute Manager, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

This session will be of interest to those working with research that spans traditional academic boundaries. Attendees will have the opportunity to question panellists to explore the specific challenges facing their own institution.

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Presented by:

David Evans - Head of Projects and Partnerships, University of Birmingham

Dr Zoe Bolton - Interdisciplinary Research Development Officer, Lancaster University

Dr Caitriona Curtis - Manager of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin

Sue Gilligan - Deputy Director and Manager, University of Birmingham’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Theme: Culture, environment & people
Level: Open to all
Date: 17th June 2019
Time: 15:45 - 17:00
Room: Meeting Room 2b