Booklaunch: "Handbuch Transdisziplinäre Didaktik"

Berlin is increasingly becoming a hub for joint research with non-academic actors. To mark the publication of the "Handbuch Transdisziplinäre Didaktik"(open access), TU Berlin is teaming up with Universität Hamburg and transcript (independent academic publishing) to host an expert dialog on how higher education in transition can be brought together with transformative science.

Thursday, September 9, 2021
10:00 to 16:30: Symposium
17:00 to 22:00: Book presentation
Registration is requested 

To our delight, the "Handbuch Transdisziplinäre Didaktik" shows once again that the topic of "Art & Science" is now making its way into basic standard works and has moved away from its niche existence. Nina Horstmann, coordinator of the Hybrid Plattform, was invited to share her expertise and experience with an article on this topic. In research and teaching, attempts at collaborating between arts and science are gaining popularity (also thanks to such institutions as the Hybrid Plattform). Increasingly, representatives of artistic disciplines are having an impact on scientific research projects, and vice versa, and insights from science and technology are finding their way into artistic work. However, the ideas of how a profitable didactic of such cooperative endeavors in the field of tension between arts and science can look like often remains vague and inconsistent. The article attempts to bring some clarity to this question and offers some practical suggestions for a successful implementation of such cooperations.

About the Handbook
The handbook is a reference work for students, lecturers, university partners and all those interested in the current changes in research and teaching. With contributions and support from 48 preeminent experts and 35 academic reviewers, the book explains how higher education works when science-led collaboration with practitioners is the norm. The aim is to contribute to new understandings and definitions: What exactly is a living lab? How does service learning work? What is the purpose of internships, citizen science and dual studies? Developed with the support of the Berlin University Alliance, the publication is the first volume in transcript's new series on higher education and research.

About the conference
This is a hybrid event, with participants attending both in person and via livestream to ensure high numbers despite Covid restrictions. Members of the press are invited to attend in person. Interested students and stakeholders who would like to understand the current developments in higher education are invited to listen and join the discussion on Zoom or YouTube. 

The focus of the Expert Dialog from 10 to 16:30 will be on approaches to embedding research among non-academic actors in society. These approaches are leading to fundamental changes in the practice of teaching and learning. Until the turn of the millennium, lecture halls and seminar rooms were the most important academic learning spaces, but today higher education is increasingly associated with new concepts such as FabLabs, living labs, service learning and citizen science.

At 17:00, Professor Dr. Christian Thomsen, president of Technische Universität Berlin, will receive the first copy of the "Handbuch Transdisziplinäre Didaktik" and open the book presentation. Michael Müller, governing mayor of Berlin and senator for science and research, has also been invited to speak. Professor Dr. Christine Ahrend, 1st vice president for research, appointment strategy and knowledge & technology transfer at TU Berlin, will provide some further words of welcome. A keynote speech by sociologist Professor Dr. Dirk Baecker of Witten/Herdecke University will explore the transformation of science and academia and its consequences in terms of how we might think about higher education in the future.

Symposium and book presentation on the topic:
"Teaching and learning under conditions of transformative science: attempts at order in the panorama of transdisciplinary didactics".
Location: BHROX bauhaus reuse, Ernst-Reuter-Platz (Mittelinsel), 10587 Berlin and via ZOOM and Youtube
Registration:fabien.j.boettcher(at)tu-berlin.de Registered participants will receive the access link to the ZOOM meeting via email.

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