Interdisciplinarity in Action – Postponed

NICA Summer School ‘Interdisciplinarity in Action’

26-27-28 August 2020 | Utrecht University | 2,5 EC

Building on the NICA Core Course ‘Radical Interdisciplinarity’ offered in the Winter Semester 2019/2020, NICA now offers an independent but complimentary Summer School 2020 programme called ‘Interdisciplinarity in Action.’ As the title implies, the Summer School focuses on the practical aspects of interdisciplinary learning, research and teaching. Situating ourselves in the field of the Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning (SoITL), we ask questions such as: What do interdisciplinary careers look like? How do we best navigate within interdisciplinary collaborations? What are suitable interdisciplinary pedagogies? What are effective teaching and learning activities for interdisciplinary classrooms? How do interdisciplinary studies foster creative and entrepreneurial mindsets?

The three-day intensive Summer School consists of talks and workshops by experts within the field. We invite participants to bring questions from their own interdisciplinary practices and reserve space, after each presentation, to work with these questions. During these working sessions, presenters are there to answer specific questions participants may have and to brainstorm about how participants think they may convert input and feedback into their own interdisciplinary work.

Confirmed guest lecturers are: Dr. Bianca Vienni Baptista (ETH Zürich) from the H2020 project “Shaping Interdisciplinary Practices in Europe” (; Dr. Merel van Goch (Utrecht University), Assistant Professor at the interdisciplinary undergraduate program Liberal Arts and Sciences; Dr. Linda de Greef (University of Amsterdam) from the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (, the expertise center in the field of interdisciplinary learning and teaching; Dr. Katrine Lindvig (University of Copenhagen) from the Department of Science Education, builder of CoNavigator, a hands-on interdisciplinary collaboration & problem solving tool (; Prof. Catherine Lyall (University of Edinburgh) from Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, author of Being an Interdisciplinary Academic: How Institutions Shape University Careers (2019); and Rianne Poot, MSc (Utrecht University Centre for Entrepreneurship), Educational Advisor.

Students will be sent a set of texts by leading SoITL scholars in preparation of the Summer School by mid-June.

Application deadline: June 1, 2020. Please submit a one-page CV and a short motivation letter.

Disclaimer: Given that we are in the midst of a corona pandemic, the plans for this Summer School are subject to change.

This NICA Summer School is co-produced by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership for Higher Education ‘Innovation in Education: Intersecting Sciences and Humanities’ (2018-1-MK01-KA203-0467117).