Shaping Sustainable Futures – A Week of Transdisciplinary Exchange in Nepal

It’s a wrap! The first week of October was all about transdisciplinary exchange in Nepal.

In close cooperation with our project partners we brought together almost 80 experts from diverse fields of disciplines at our transdisciplinary conference “Peak Perspectives” on 4 October. The event, held in Kathmandu, focused on the compelling question of how to shape sustainable futures for Nepal’s mountain communities.

Under the banner of the Innovation Lab Nepal project, it provided a remarkable platform for sharing insights, exploring innovative solutions, and accessing a wealth of expertise. This expertise came in particular from our eleven speakers, who are experts in various fields, including agriculture and forestry, hydrology and water resources, energy in general and micro-hydro in particular, political economic and social dynamics, green roads, as well as community based institutions.

Our conference was complemented by a three-day transdisciplinary seminar (3-5 October) held at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan University. We invited more than 20 students and young researchers from different disciplines and took a deep dive into the methods and key concepts of transdisciplinary research. A particular focus was on the question of how to deal with creeping environmental problems.

Concluding the seminar, the participants put the concepts into practice and presented their idea for a holistic, transdisciplinary research approach.

We would like to thank our project partners, all those who generously contributed to the conference and the motivated participants of the seminar for an inspiring week in Nepal!

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