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Symposium on Transdisciplinarity

At the beginning of the Symposium, some words of UNESCO Federico Mayor were recalled:

Director-General

&he seeds of progress germinate, and the shape of thefuture

unfolds in our conviviality, d@erent paths. It is in this the future of knowledge ~ resides)).

at the convergence of all gradual cross-fertilization and indeed of the world

our that -

These words set the tone for the many reflections that took place in the peaceful

surroundings of transdisciplinarity?

Royaumont Abbey, Why is it so crucial

on the

following

to have a

theoretical

questions:

What is

focus on this

concept?

What global issues urge a transdisciplinary and evaluate transdisciplinarity?

approach? How can we conduct research

following days, in the of transdisciplinarity In the notion endeavour to address the each topic was initially many issues that tackled through surround the the personal , of “animateurs”, contributions participants. then by intense group discussions involving all

I n o r d e r t o p r o c e e d t o i n - d e p t h a n a l y s e s , s y n t h e s e s a n d f u r t h e r d e v e l o p m e n t o f t h e four main topics, the participants organized themselves in working group made a report to the plenary on the outcome of its discussions. groups. Each

The colloquium, under the auspices of Prof. Rapport and Prof. Somerville, concluded

that intellectual collaboration continue in the future.

among all the participants

and UNESCO

would

The participants expressed their wish to work together on

a regular basis also by

establishing an Internet Web site and a trying to recreate in virtual space a “daily highlighted, is “a crucial factor to fuyil

Forum on Transdisciplinarity,

consequently

physicalproximizy”

that, as Prof.

significant

methodological

and

Somerville substantive

results”.

Finally,

the hope was that,

by developing

these synergies,

the concept of

transdisciplinarity

could become more and more familiar within

academic environment, showing knowledge of the complex reality

its of

utmost importance in achieving this end of millennium.

and without the a more thorough

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