Transdisciplinary seminar in an interdisciplinary project with multidisciplinary teams

The SimulPast seminar on Complexity & Network Theory has been a success. All the available places had been allocated in time, and attendance has subsequently been to full capacity of the venue.

A transdisciplinary orientation in the design of the SimulPast project has allowed us the flexibility, with the project already well in progress, to integrate in a useful way elements from the Network Theory approach to Complexity. The transdisciplinary reach of the project is also reflected in the open participation in this seminar, which has included not only researchers from the research groups in the project, but also participants external to the project who have a research interest in Complexity and Network Theory.

Thus the seminar has also served to widen the disciplinary reach of SimulPast with participants from research fields otherwise not included in the project, such as cosmology, or pedagogy. Most of the external participants in the seminar, however, belong to some of the disciplines that had initially been included in the multidisciplinary composition of the SimulPast research groups, such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology, and computing.

Research in the SimulPast project is organised in an interdisciplinary way. Such interdisciplinary organisation of the research involves transversal team work among members of the different groups of expertise. Unlike the various research groups committed to the project, the transversal teams are formed and dissolved as required during project lifetime in order to accomplish effectively the different tasks and milestones.