Food for Thought 'Interdisciplinary Research: the Future of Science'
The importance of interdisciplinarity in science for innovations and groundbreaking research is increasingly recognized. To demonstrate the unexpected points of view, creative potential and additional value of interdisciplinarity in science, prof. dr. Andrea Evers and her research group have organised a well-attended Food for Thought meeting in the central hall of the Pieter de la Court building on April 23rd.
During this inspiring interactive session, both senior and junior researchers discussed their vision of interdisciplinarity in science, on the basis of a (later this year published) report of the KNAW on interdisciplinarity and their own experience with interdisciplinary research. Senior and junior researchers conducting field research in new research areas (dr. Femke Nijboer and drs. Janice Sandjojo), experimental lab studies (dr. Antoinette van Laarhoven and dr. Judy Veldhuijzen) or applied research (dr. Veronica Janssen and dr. Rosalie van der Vaart) discussed the added value and possible issues of interdisciplinary research and how to stimulate this type of research in the future.
At the end of the meeting, there were laptop demonstrations of PhD candidates of the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology unit with examples of interdisciplinary research and attendees could discuss the projects with the PhD candidates.
The aim of the Food for Thought meetings is to provide an opportunity to hear about social and behavioural research projects. They are informal lunch meetings organised by the Graduate School and are open for everyone to attend. The current meeting was the first that could be attended by both staff and students.