Since its inception in the first project phase (June 2020 - May 2023), the tdAcademy has focused on four topic lines addressing central questions in transdisciplinary research. The work centers on the themes of "Social Impacts" and "Scientific Impacts of Transdisciplinary Research." Another thematic line is dedicated to the systematic exploration of contextual conditions for transdisciplinary research. In the fourth topic line, the team engages with new integrative research formats and their potential enrichment for transdisciplinary research.

In the second project phase of tdAcademy (June 2023 - May 2025), the four topic lines are retained but more closely interconnected. Innovative questions are explored at the intersections of these topic lines, where existing data and results are considered and analyzed integratively. This results in research now based on the integration at the interfaces between each pair of topic lines. The overarching goal of this research in the second phase is to systematically connect the initially developed insights from the topic lines to identify synergies and contradictions. The results of both interfaces are ultimately merged and contribute to a reflective guide aimed at supporting project managers in the impact-oriented, context-sensitive selection of formats.

Intersection 1: Interlinkages of scientific and societal effects in transdisciplinary research

In intersection 1, Centre for Technology and Society (ZTG) at the Technische Universität of Berlin and ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research are jointly investigating the interlinkages between activities to generate scientific and societal effects of transdisciplinary research.

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Intersection 2: Context dependency of formats

The aim of transdisciplinary research is to achieve societal change. But what effect does this kind of research actually have on academia? The spectrum of possible effects that transdisciplinary research may generate within academia goes far beyond publications and citations. We will explore this spectrum under topic line 2.

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