Excellence in interdisciplinary research: can Cabot lead the way?

13 December 2011, 2.00 PM - 13 December 2011, 2.00 PM

Social Sciences Complex, Room IF12, 8 Woodland Road, Bristol

An event for University of Bristol staff and postgraduates who are interested in helping Cabot develop its approach to interdisciplinarity.

Internationally there is increasingly attention being paid to methods and processes of interdisciplinary (ID) working – heralding a step change in status from the marginalisation of ID to its recognition as essential core work.  This step change requires more explicit attention to acknowledged problems of ID working and how they will be tackled.   There has been much work done on problems and barriers – the focus of this workshop is on positive actions to foster interdisciplinary working.

Some preparatory guidance on the different linked areas of interdisciplinary working will be sent to those who register to act as a background to the workshop.


In a wide variety of practices of interdisciplinarity in research what might be a distinctive Cabot approach to excellence?

We will work on 3 main outputs:

1) Strap lines for Cabot approach to interdisciplinary research

2) Outline plan for a process of development – a roadmap towards excellence in ID research

3) Collecting ideas for strategy for Cabot involvement in the growing international agendas on ID research



2.00    Coffee and welcome – Paul Bates

2.20     Context  - Short presentation/discussion  – Jenneth Parker

2.50    Collecting ideas for Cabot statement of ‘excellence in IDR’ – workshop

3.30     Review ideas/coffee

3.50     Working towards a road map for excellence in IDR - workshop

4.30     Review and discussion

4.50     Summary – Paul Bates

5.00     Drinks and mince pies – further discussion

Outputs to be circulated to participants after workshop for comment/further development


Light refreshments will be provided. 

Space is limited, so please register for your free place.

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