Inter- and transdisciplinarity
The Research Council of Norway has asked projects participating in the BioNær research programme to include a special focus on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration. While interdisciplinary refers to contact between project participants (researchers) with different disciplinary backgrounds, transdisciplinary refers to contact between researchers and non-researchers.
The SusValueWaste project has developed “guiding principles” for information sharing and involvement. The principles provides a shared platform for the project work and a set of tasks designed to further interdisciplinary collaboration will be developed based on this platform.
The SusValueWaste guiding principles for interdisciplinary collaboration:
- We will prioritise time for meetings and workshops in the SusValueWaste project.
- We will willingly share information with our colleagues in the project and contribute to the web page.
- We will take advantage of opportunities, such as lunch meetings and “Bionærmatprat” to share informal information on relevant themes.
- We will be open to the questions and viewpoints of other participants.
- We will attempt to communicate our plans, methods and findings to other researchers in the project.
- We will communicate our aims and our findings with non-researchers.
- If communication with other groups inside or outside the project is challenging or time-consuming, we will call upon our interdisciplinary facilitator to help with this process.