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Interdisciplinary research to solve real world problems

Real world problems are typically complex in nature and depend on a broad range of expertise for meaningful progress. In this event, we will hear from our speakers about their experiences in tackling complex real-world problems through integrating knowledge and expertise across various disciplines. Equipping ECRs with fundamental information on the value and practical challenges of interdisciplinary research, the speakers will discuss:

  • Why is interdisciplinary research important?
  • What are the opportunities for research grants with interdisciplinary projects?
  • How to develop an interdisciplinary team?
  • Communication challenges – how to bridge barriers with different technical “languages”?
  • How to communicate interdisciplinary outcomes to policy makers, other professionals and researchers?

The workshop will consist of individual presentations followed by a discussion / question session.

Date and time: 10th December 2021 (Friday), 0900 am – 1230 pm

Location: online event

Note you must be registered to attend MODSIM2021 if you would like to attend this ECR event. Details of how to join the online event will be sent to MODSIM registrants on Monday 6 December.


Professor Gabriele Bammer, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University.
Prof. Bammer’s research is in developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S) to improve research strengths for tackling complex real-world problems through synthesis of disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge, understanding and managing diverse unknowns and providing integrated research support for policy and practice change.

Professor Corey Bradshaw, College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University.
Prof. Bradshaw’s research is global-change ecology, investigating how human endeavour and climate fluctuations have altered past, present and future ecosystems. Prof. Bradshaw’s work has provided environmental policy advice around the world.

Dr Arunima Malik, Integrated Sustainability Analysis, School of Physics and Sydney Business School, The University of Sydney.
Dr Malik’s research focusses on the appraisal of social, economic, and environmental impacts using input-output analysis to quantify sustainability impacts at local, national and global scales. She has carried out a range of sustainability supply-chain assessments of health care, biofuel production, construction materials, global energy use, global nitrogen and greenhouse gas emissions, and tourism.

Organising committee:
Fiona Tang (Swedish University of Agricultural Science,, Clare Stephens (University of New South Wales,, Nevenka Bulovic (University of Queensland,, Anna Lintern (Monash University,, Danlu Guo (The University of Melbourne,