Interdisciplinarity and Practice - communication and project development

responsible Persons
Dr. Simone Pfeiffer
Dr. Stefanie Steinebach
Block 1:
14th Dec from 9 am to 6 pm
15th Dec from 9 am to 5 pm
16th Dec from 8 am to noon

Block 2:
16th Feb from 9 pm to 6 pm
Büsgenweg 1, FSR 1.2
Number of students
Please send an email to until 30th Nov.

Learning outcome, core skills: Develop competencies in interdisciplinary thinking and conceptualising. Students will:

  • analyse their scientific expertise in the field of subject,
  • map their existing scientific network, identify boundaries and interdisciplinary potential,
  • use fundamental tools of interdisciplinary project development,
  • train their communication skills in diverse discussions and by presenting an interdisciplinary concept.

Course: This course on "Interdisciplinarity and Practice" aims at inspiring future interdisciplinary research and providing competencies in understanding and establishing interdisciplinary work. Each academic discipline is characterised by basic terminology and community practice. However, research funds increasingly promote interdisciplinary research. Students can develop their own understanding and role with regard to interdisciplinary communication and cooperation.

Block 1 (2,5 days):

  • Introduction to discipline-oriented knowledge (language and communication forms)
  • overview of major German funding agencies and interdisciplinary funding approaches
  • What means interdisciplinary? What is innovative?
  • Exercises in mapping scientific networks, exploring funding options and identifying interdisciplinary potential of own scientific work
  • Establishment of student tandems to work on an interdisciplinary concept

Self-study time between the attendance blocks:
student tandems work on concept, lecturer support given in supervision hours

Block 2 (1 day):

  • Student presentations of interdisciplinary concepts
  • Feedback / reflexing phase

Presentation (20 min) and written outlines (max. 5 pages)

Examination requirements:

  • Knowledge in interdisciplinary communication and project development
  • Application of basic methods to PhD related subject
  • Oral and written presentation of interdisciplinary project outlines

Admission requirements: Students of GFA, other PhD students if free places are available

Cancellation policy:

Your registration for courses and workshops offered by the GFA is binding. If you want to cancel your registration later than three weeks prior to the workshop start date, you have to provide a physician's note, otherwise you will be barred from registering for GFA courses for the period of one year.

Absence policy

To earn credits for a workshop/course, you must not miss more than 10% of total contact hours. In most cases, this will be less than a day. If it is inevitable that you miss more than a whole day, please notify us well in advance (at least one week).