Transdisciplinary research training for Agenda 2030

Thirty-three early career scientists will participate in a transdisciplinary research training workshop that begins today at Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda.

The 33 early career scientists involved come from different communities of practice and different African universities and research units, and have been selected to participate in the training through the Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030) programme. LIRA 2030 aims to generate solutions-oriented knowledge to address complex sustainability challenges in Africa and to increase participation of the African scientific community in global research programmes. LIRA 2030 is a five-year programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU), implemented in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the ISSC.

The transdisciplinary research training workshop is designed for the early career scientists who have had their pre-proposal selected for consideration in the LIRA 2030 programme. The ISSC has led the organization of the training workshop together with NASAC and the wider LIRA 2030 Programme Committe. The aim is to strengthen scientific capacity to undertake transdisciplinary research, to enable researchers to build meaningful inter- and trans-disciplinary projects, to strengthen science communication skills and to support the development of full proposals.

The training workshop will present theories, methods, and examples of TDR within the context of integrated, reflexive science. The objective is to transmit the principles of TDR and the various steps to follow; to introduce the most frequent methods used; to teach case studies; and to introduce available resources. The workshop will also include a field visit. Over the course of the five-day training, the researchers will also have the chance to work on their proposals for the second phase of the LIRA 2030 programme, which begins in September 2017. Under the second phase, the programme will offer up to ten grants for integrated research projects, each worth up to 90,000 Euro over 2 years. Only participants in the training event will be eligible to apply for these grants by submitting full proposals by 20 November 2017.

The 2017 training workshop is the second in a series of three annual workshops. Further opportunities for TDR capacity building will take place during the planned Annual LIRA 2030 Forums.

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