Session Leader: Claudine Gillot
Complex ecological problems question all scientific disciplines. Sustainability and the study of technical systems for sustainability must be understood in a holistic way, otherwise some issues will be missed. The segmentation of science into disciplines can be a hindrance to dialogue between different scientific fields, making dialogue between different disciplines an additional effort for the researcher. Interdisciplinarity, in theory and practice, is often perceived as a risk for researchers (e.g. perceived as a difficulty of identification in a community).
In order to make interdisciplinarity less abstract and demystify it, we propose an artistic workshop on it. This workshop would be two hours long, reproducible in any academic setting. The objective is to bring together researchers from different communities and make them reflect on a specific socio-technical system: the tomato. The tomato is a transversal object known to all. This object may seem very simple to anyone not working on it, but in fact hides a certain complexity that is not apparent at first glance. Researchers will be encouraged to :
(1) individually graphically represent their vision of interdisciplinarity,
(2) immerse themselves in the role of a tomato researcher (discipline assigned at the beginning of the workshop),
(3) propose research questions that would allow researchers to interface with each other around a common scientific effort,
(4) collectively graphically represent their vision of interdisciplinarity.