Join us for a “Train the Transdisciplinary Trainer” workshop at SRI2023

Participants of SRI2023 are invited to apply for a “Train-the-TD-Trainer” session. The full-day workshop on 28 June is for people interested in developing their skills as transdisciplinary research trainers.

The event is for you if you are:

  • Familiar with the basics of transdisciplinary research either as the lead or key participant in several projects or;
  • A “boundary spanner” – someone who has worked with academic researchers and societal actors on sustainability projects or;
  • A faculty member who has taught courses on transdisciplinary research

Fifteen participants will be selected for the in-person session. You must be registered for SRI to join the workshop. Lunch will be provided.

Please complete this short application by 15 May. You will be notified by 1 June.

More about the workshop & facilitators:

During the workshop you will practice using a structured approach that will help you make choices for designing a TD training for an audience of your choice.

You will learn how to develop an effective training and get feedback on:

  • Workshop flow: Sequencing of the learning activities;
  • Workshop aids: Tools and resources that match your learning goals; and
  • Workshop contents: Integration of content knowledge, competencies, and mindsets

Training benefits to participants:

  • Design skills needed to develop trainings for TD researchers;
  • Specific resources and tools that have been tested by experienced trainers;
  • A cohort of colleagues with whom to exchange ideas after the workshop; and
  • Readiness for and opportunities to facilitate workshops and trainings

Training facilitators:

Facilitators are members of the Transdisciplinary Training Collaboratory: Building Common Ground, a project supported by a US National Science Foundation grant. The project brings together pioneering researchers and trainers from regional centers across the globe who have been working within their regions to:

  • Synthesize existing knowledge on the key concepts, competencies, common language, and accepted phases of different types of transdisciplinary research
  • Create a design guide for trainers, accompanied by resources cataloged by the framework developed from the synthesis work.


Tobias Buser

Tobias Buser

Executive Secretary, ITD Alliance

Tobias is an expert in collaborative research processes, with profound experience in designing, conducting and reflecting transdisciplinary research processes.  He is deeply engaged in training, coaching and consultancy for transdisciplinary research, e.g. with the first massive open online course on transdisciplinarity, with training for programmes of the International Science Council, the Network of African Science Academies, UNESCO,  Future Earth, and several universities. As Executive Secretary of the Global Alliance for Inter- and Transdisciplinarity, he is enthusiastic about  building capacities and supporting international collaboration to advance and foster research approaches and institutional conditions that enable to address pressing  sustainability challenges.

Margaret Krebs

Margaret Krebs

Project Director, Transdisciplinary Training Collaboratory

Margaret’s focus for the last ten years centers around defining key leadership skills and approaches for academic researchers who aim to further “knowledge to action” as the Program Designer for the Earth Leadership Program. She also offers workshops to graduate students and postdocs on interdisciplinary collaboration through university leadership programs at University of British Columbia, McGill, Cornell, and Stanford.

Susanne Moser

Susanne Moser

Lead Facilitator, Transdisciplinary Training Collaboratory

usi Moser (she/her) is an independent scholar and consultant who works in the US and internationally from a base in western Massachusetts, USA, the unceded ancestral homeland of the Nipmuc and Pocumtuc. A geographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University), her work over the past 30 years has focused on adaptation to climate change, climate change communication, science-policy interactions, and psycho-social resilience in the face of the traumatic and transformative challenges associated with climate change. She has served on scientific advisory boards for Future Earth, the International Science Council, the US National Research Council and contributed to IPCC and US national climate assessments. Learn more about her work.