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Working Together Across the Sciences and Arts Creates Greater Impact

Interdisciplinarity for ImpactNew Report on Interdisciplinary Research Published

Following a one day workshop co-hosted by Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University on the 1st of June 2016, a Report outlining the key recommendations from the workshop and other key findings has now been published by the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity’s Arts and Humanities Research Institute.

The Report ‘Interdisciplinarity for Impact’ details a set of recommendations arising out of the workshop held in June, and seeks to foster and support Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) at national level between the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and Arts, Humanities and Social Science (AHSS).

The workshop took place as part of a series of events throughout the course of 2016 funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) as part of their Creative Connections initiative.

Better Together

IDR is increasingly the focus of a number of funding agencies and bodies who are asking researchers across diverse disciplines to work together to address complex global problems. There is a growing recognition that societal problems can only be addressed by embedding an IDR approach in research proposals. 

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub and Chair of the Irish Research Council spoke about Ireland’s potential for excelling in cross-disciplinary initiatives: ‘The Workshop and Report are the start of a very important conversation across Irish higher education institutions and HEA bodies on how to achieve impact in interdisciplinary research in Ireland. Ireland’s research environment, due to its relatively small size, is well placed to respond to these types of cross-disciplinary initiatives and ensure a more systematic approach to inter-disciplinary research, something which up until now has been happening on an ad-hoc basis within Irish institutions.’

Report Summary

The Report includes key recommendations for researchers, institutions, and funding agencies across a number of themes including ethics, funding, gender, socio-cultural issues, Open Access and linguistic issues.

Also included in the Report are case studies and key talks from speakers such as Peter Brown, Assistant Director of the Irish Research Council; Professor Catherine Lyall of the University of Edinburgh; Niamh Brennan, Programme Manager for Research Informatics at Trinity College Dublin; Professor John Thompson of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and Professor Martina Hennessy, Associate Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin.

For further information about the Workshop and the Report, please see the event page

Use the hashtag #IDRforImpact to be part of this conversation!



Contact: Aoife King, Communications Officer | Trinity Long Room Hub | aoife.king@tcd.ie | 01 896 3895