National Interdisciplinary Education (NIE) Conference – Online Meetups, Seminars, and Webinars – Edition 5


Friday, June 11th, 2021 – 3.00-5.10 CET Via Zoom

Please join Zoom Meeting with the following link

Although it is generally assumed that inter-and transdisciplinary research is challenging for – esp. undergraduate – students, it is increasingly common that they carry out such projects even at the bachelor’s level. Since each such project brings together an unusual mix of disciplinary perspectives, sometimes even including particular stakeholder perspectives, it requires specific ways of teaching and learning. This edition of our NIE event aims to explore how such projects can facilitate interdisciplinary learning, different ways for students to carry out these projects and methods to teach and supervise such interdisciplinary research projects.


3.00 – 3.10 CET               Welcome & Logistics

Teun Dekker – Maastricht University (NL)

3.10 – 4.00 CET               Parallel session 1 – Innovative methods & pedagogies

  • Think tanks as tools for thinking, practicing and performing sustainable futures

Lisa Bradley, Mia Perry & Michael Malt – University of Glasgow (UK)

  • Exploring the impact of interdisciplinary project-based learning: Qualitative evaluation of the Honours Programme of Wageningen University

Aneeqah Tariq – Wageningen University (NL)

  • Challenge-based learning in thestrategic alliance of TU/e WUR, UU, UMC Utrecht (TBC)

Michèle Gerbrands & Sabine Uijl  – Utrecht University

  •  Is the ‘Repko approach’ useful for teaching Interdisciplinarity in PPE?

 Jan Pieter Beetz – Utrecht University (NL)

  • Q & A

Moderator: Rianne van Lambalgen – Utrecht University (NL)


3.10 – 4.00 CET               Parallel session 2 – Societal connections & sustainability 

  • Consulting the campus “living lab”: Promoting employability and sustainability project skills, within the core curriculum and beyond

Alistair Smith – Warwick University (UK)

  • The successes and challenges of having undergraduates solve sustainability issues for real-world clients

Maarten van den Nieuwenhof-Schilstra & Jorien Zevenberg – University of Groningen (NL)

  •  Markets and ethics: bridging introductory courses in economics and philosophy

Martijn Huysmans – Utrecht University (NL)

  •  Tackling inequalities using Design Thinking

Bram Hoonhout, Indra Schieferbein, Maria Victoria Cincurá & Raphaela Winkler – Leiden University (NL)

  •  Q & A

Moderator: Teun Dekker – Maastricht University      (NL)


4.00 – 4.10 CET              Short Break         


4.10 – 5.00 CET               Parallel session 3 – Inter-university/international collaboration

  • Interdisciplinary Project-Based Teaching and Learning: A new Dutch-Chilean Experience

Mauricio Pradena & Niels van der MastUniversidad de Concepcion (Chile) & Windesheim Honours College(NL)

  •  An international, interdisciplinary & online teaching/learning module for service learning and transdisciplinary co-creation

Sarju Sing Rai, Evert M. van Grol & Marjolein B.M. Zweekhorst – Vrije Universiteit (NL) 

  • Exploring Pathways towards Interdisciplinary, Inter-University Teaching and Learning

Kasch, F. Van Dam, M. Bootsma, V. Schutjens, F. Prins & K.T. Rebel Utrecht University (NL)

  •  Q & A

Moderator: Rianne van Lambalgen – Utrecht University (NL)


4.10 – 5.00 CET               Parallel session 4– Medical & Humanities Projects

  • COVID-19 & Society: a multidisciplinary approach for medical students

Roos de Jonge – Utrecht University (NL)

  • Healthcare communication, management and organisation (TBC)

Jessica Oudenampsen – Radboud University Nijmegen (NL) 

  • Living pasts: a transdisciplinary project-based learning course

Hanna van Veeren Utrecht University (NL)

  • The digital museum as project for interdisciplinary learning

Anastasia Hacopian & Toine Minnaert – Utrecht University (NL)

  •  Q & A

Moderator: Machiel Keestra, University of Amsterdam (NL)

5.00 – 5.10 CET              Plenary discussion: how to proceed post-corona with NIE online/physical conferences?

Moderator Machiel Keestra, University of Amsterdam (NL)        

The National Interdisciplinary Education (NIE) Conference is an annual event for educators, researchers, policy makers, and students who are active in inter- and transdisciplinary programmes at Dutch universities, university colleges, and universities of applied science. We want to stay in touch and grow as a community of inter- and transdisciplinarians, and to exchange best practices and ideas. We therefore organize e a series of online meetups and seminars. An initiative of Teun Dekker (Maastricht University), Merel van Goch and Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht University), and Linda de Greef, Machiel Keestra and (University of Amsterdam)