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Knowledge Production in Times of Crises: Transdisciplinary Research in Austria

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When: Jan 11, 2024 03:00 PM Vienna 

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Topic description / abstract:

In the midst of multiple crises, this presentation delves into the theme of knowledge production and integration within Austria's scientific landscape. It underscores the imperative outlined by the Austrian University Act, urging scientists to contribute to societal welfare. The presentation scrutinizes the challenges arising from incomplete and disputed knowledge, compounded by the urgency to act in an environment where trust in science is low. Examples from transdisciplinary research projects will shed light on practical approaches for the co-production and integration of knowledge. The argument presented emphasizes the significance of scientific debates in addressing various gaps within the literature on transdisciplinarity. As trust in science is key—particularly in times of crises, the presentation emphasizes the importance of navigating these challenges with robust research approaches that contribute meaningfully to both scientific and societal problems.


Biographical note:

Marianne Penker, a professor of rural sociology and development at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, is dedicated to sustainability science. Her focus lies in fostering transformative solutions for rural areas in Europe and globally through inter- and transdisciplinary research and teaching.