Interdisciplinary research at 8 locations
Inter- and transdisciplinary research in three core areas of current societal challenges is the goal of EPICUR Research. Funded by Horizon 2020 of the European Commission, the project started in January 2021 with a three-year duration. Within the programme line "Science with and for Society" (SwafS), EPICUR Research is primarily aimed at early career researchers, who are interested in shaping a common research agenda for our eight partner universities.
Joint research agenda with inter- and transdisciplinary approach
Joint research with the EPICUR alliance is inspired by the “Six Transformations to achieve the SDGs”, the Green Deal, “Missions of Horizon Europe”, and the EU Skills Agenda. An inter- and transdisciplinary approach in three core areas (EPIChallenges) deal with sustainability (including climate change and energy), mobility, migration & identity and public health as the most relevant research agendas.
The exploration of new collaborations from a young generation of researchers can provoke a unique understanding of complex global phenomena such as climate change, pandemics and forced migration.
Mobility, Migration & Identity
EPICamps are (virtual) events aimed at young scientists from the EPICUR alliance in order to create a space for exchange, collaboration and academic networking between scientists from diffe-rent disciplines and areas.
Expanding the concepts of traditional scientific conferences and workshops, EPICamps will be open gatherings engendering new partnerships and serving as seedbeds for research ideas beyond the scopes of single disciplines or fields. They will feature various formats, ranging from short presentations and panel discussions to academic matchmaking events and interactive ad-hoc discussion rounds, from virtual posters and project exhibits to search/offer blackboards.
EPICamps will offer emerging scholars the opportunities to present their research, interests, and ideas as well as discover and meet with peers who complement and expand their work. To foster manifold exchanges, the EPICamps – in addition to thematic sessions – will also give room to researchers and non-university partners to connect over questions of methodology, tools, ethical queries and data management, didactics, science communication and other aspects of academic pursuits.
EPICUR seeks to foster the formation of research groups across disciplines and national borders, who address one of three societal challenges: sustainability, mobility/migration/identity, public health. Under the umbrella of these EPIChallenges, EPICUR will organize six EPICamps throughout 2021/22, each narrowing in on different aspects of these broad themes.
Following the EPICamps, researchers in collaboration with external partners, will have an opportunity to apply for grants to augment their emerging research networks and transform research ideas into EPIClusters: collaborative, challenge-based research projects run by early career researchers.
1st EPICamp on October 15/16, 2021