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Monday, November 22 • 8:30am - 10:00am
429: Building transdisciplinary bridges to tackle the wicked problems/Construire des ponts transdisciplinaires pour faire face aux problèmes complexes

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Organized by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) 

More than ever, the world wicked problems including climate change, global inequalities, and the 2030 sustainable development goals, require experts to work together effectively across disciplines, geopolitical borders, and silos. 

What are transdisciplinary skill sets, and how do we foster them in our research community? How do we provide researchers with the right links and opportunities?  How can we enable and empower the next generation of researchers to work across disciplines?  
This panel will bring together experts working across sectors towards transdisciplinary research. They will discuss experiences, challenges and propose solutions to support transdisciplinary research within academia.

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Dr. Danika Goosney

Vice-President of Research Grants and Scholarships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Danika was formerly the Associate Vice-President, Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In this role, she managed the Canada Research Chairs Program, the Excellence Research Chairs Program, the Canada First Research... Read More →
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Dr. Toby Wardman

Head of Communications, SAPEA
Toby Wardman is Head of Communications for SAPEA, part of the European Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism which provides independent scientific advice to European Commissioners to support their decision-making. SAPEA brings together over a hundred academies, young academies... Read More →
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Dr. Thandi Mgwebi

Deputy Vice- Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Internationalisation, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Dr Thandi Mgwebi joined Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as new Deputy Vice- Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Internationalisation (RII) from 1 April 2020. Prior to joining Nelson Mandela University, Dr Mgwebi was Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement... Read More →
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Dr. Nicole Arbour

Executive Director, Belmont Forum
Dr. Nicole Arbour joined the Belmont Forum as Executive Director in July 2021 and is transitioning from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Austria where she served as the External Relations Manager and was actively involved in developing and maintaining... Read More →
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Dr. Barbara Willaarts

Project Manager and Research Scholar, Water Security Research Group at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Barbara Willaarts is a researcher with 16 years of professional experience in environmental planning and policy, and the last 10 with a special focus on water scarcity and integrated water resources management. She has developed most of her professional career in research organizations... Read More →

Monday November 22, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am EST