Bringing together social enterprise, scientific research, and the arts.
n a world of ‘wicked problems’ and complex challenges, co-creation between disciplines is an essential step to finding solutions for all society. Key to addressing these challenges is bringing diverse groups of differently knowledgeable people together and developing their creativity skills and mindset to implement positive change in their own communities.
The SciCultureD consortium aims at addressing these “wicked problems” with a multidisciplinary approach, by using Design Thinking and creative pedagogies to teach participants to listen, communicate and collaborate in a multi-cultural and multi-skilled environment. The project nurtures a culture of transdisciplinarity and co-creation that we believe is essential for a democratic society.
We also want to spread transdisciplinary practice by providing a footprint on how this can be done for tertiary level education.
The transdisciplinary approach
An approach to curriculum integration which dissolves the boundaries between the conventional disciplines and organizes teaching and learning around the construction of meaning in the context of real-world problems or themes.
Addressing societal and environmental challenges through transdisciplinary education for a wide-ranging impact and empowerment on all levels.
- To develop a student-centred, innovative, intensive science, arts and humanities EU-wide course for HEI students and other stakeholders. The course will be both a real world and collaborative online international learning course.
- To build upon existing networks (such as RESEO & EUSEA) in order to increase the transdisciplinarity of artist and scientist networks to include educators and entrepreneurs for them to collaborate on innovative projects and research initiatives that improve the health, well-being and cohesiveness of EU society & its environment.
- To encourage the concepts of design and systems thinking, co-creative approaches, entrepreneurship, the creative economy, and innovation amongst educators, professionals, HEI students and academics to impact the wider community and environment.
- To build a culture of transdisciplinarity that highlights the benefits of cooperation between different fields, which is reflective of inclusive and sustainable societies.
- To embed inclusivity and diversity mechanisms, active citizenship, citizen science and participatory research approaches, European Green Deal values, and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals, especially 3–5, 11, 13, 16–17) in SciCultureD partners and their wider networks.
From SciCulture to SciCultureD
SciCultureD is a new project created through the expertise of its partners. Yet it wouldn’t be possible without the lessons learnt throughout the 4 years of its parent project, SciCulture (2018-2021).
Dr Edward Duca and Dr Kerry Chappell, partners in both projects, explain how SciCulture’s mission evolved into SciCultureD. What did they learn from the first project? What has changed? And what has been most surprising in this journey?