Multi- and Transdisciplinarity in the Life Sciences: Collaborative Research in Health and the Bioeconomy in Horizon 2020 (Cologne, DE)


Following on from the national Horizon 2020 infoday last year addressing funding opportunities in the area of health and the bioeconomy more generally, the focus of this year’s event, organized by the German National Contact Point for life Sciences, was on understanding the importance of and necessity for multi- and transdisciplinarity in collaborative research.

Addressing a wide cross-section of research stakeholders, the event was held on the 1st of June 2016, at the KOMED Mediapark in Cologne.

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Representatives of the Health Directorate of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) and of DG Communications Networks, Content & Technologypresented (CNECT) presented the upcoming calls in the area of health and the most important ideas and objectives underlying ‘multi- and transdisciplinary research in Horizon 2020’ in the context of Societal Challenge 1: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing. In the panel discussion on ‘Research cultures: Aligning the contrasting objectives of multiple stakeholders’ the most important objectives and ideas underlying the Horizon 2020 programme were discussed with the European Commission and many experts and successful applicants. In afternoon workshops dealing with horizontal issues like Standardization, Responsible Research and Innovation, SME-Instrument, FTI and Data protection, participants were able to discuss these topics with invited experts.

Throughout the event the participants also had many opportunities for networking and fo the exchange of ideas.

The presentations of the event are available for download here: