Cross-academic community reflection on the expertise of the emerging integration professions in transdisciplinary research

In this workshop, attendees from TD-net, SciTS, i2S, and NORDP communities will reflect on forms of expertise that help strengthen communication, interaction and integration within research projects, programs and/or platforms. There is considerable momentum of those who self-identify with these emerging positions, crucial to team science research. We now need broad institutional acceptance for intentional career paths to train for and professionally advance this work.  

Workshop objectives

  • Offer ongoing reflection on the expertise of the emerging professions of interdisciplinary executive scientist (IES) and integration expert (IE)
  • Identify commonalities and differences among these emerging and existing research development professions (RDP), and define shared skill sets, knowledge, and attributes of IES and IE
  • Discuss support for the intentional career paths of those who pursue these emerging professions at institutional and individual levels

Expected outcomes

  • Exchange across transdisciplinary scientific communities (i2S, ITD, SciTS, NORDP)
  • Establish a procedure for pursuing a collaborative publication using current publication efforts as stepping stone
  • Identify other outlets for strengthening the visibility and legitimacy of individuals occupying these positions 

Attendees may be an IES, IE, or RDP. The latter rely on much of the same knowledge and skill base, but typically work in a pre-award context rather than in funded teams to achieve research goals. We also invite attendees who develop these professional capacities, team leaders and senior research administrators who hire for such a position, and institutional administrators who aim at creating the logistical pathways and HR mechanisms to enable such new career paths.

The workshop format will be as follows:

  • 30m: Welcome and 6 short impulse talks
    1. How is transdisciplinarity leveraged by an integration expert and how does it help develop skills needed for the position?
    2. Empirical insights on the emerging profession of integration experts
    3. In what ways do the contributions to speak to the emerging position of Integration Expert and/or Interdisciplinary Executive Scientist?
    4. Giving value to research in the human and social sciences through the Interdisciplinary Executive Scientist position in France
    5. How does the University of Alaska Visualization Space specifically leverage and develop the skills of the Interdisciplinary Executive Scientist? And how are these skills employed to facilitate the development of team collaboration agreements?
    6. Strategies for Institutional Normalization of Interdisciplinary Executive Scientist and i2S Roles in Translational Science
  • 60m: Round one of World Caf√© discussions
  • 15m: Three animators share a take-home idea
  • 60m: Round two of World Café discussions
  • 15m: Three other animators share a take-home idea and we set goals


Kristine Lund, Ph.D., is a CNRS Senior Research Engineer in the ICAR language sciences laboratory at the University of Lyon. Since March 2018, she has been the director of the laboratory ASLAN for Advanced Studies on LANguage complexity, and she recently obtained five more years of funding to lead research at the crossroads of language, education, cognitive science, and computer science. Kristine is also co-leader of an interdisciplinary research team in the study of human interaction and cognition and coordinator of a regional academic college that unites researchers in cognition, language, and education. She holds a master's degree in Artificial Intelligence, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, and a French habilitation in Educational Science. Her recent work focuses on connecting systems of different orders (linguistic, cognitive, interactional, social) to better understand collaborative knowledge construction. She was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society of the Learning Sciences and is Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of

Sabine Hoffmann, Ph.D., is a geo-ecologist with a particular interest in inter- and transdisciplinary research in both theory and practice. Holder of a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, she has acquired extensive experience in leading inter- and transdisciplinary projects and programs over the past twenty years, both nationally and internationally. She is Head of the strategic inter- and transdisciplinary research program Wings (Water and sanitation innovations for non-grid solutions) at Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology. As Group Leader at Eawag, she focuses on further developing the theory and practice of inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration and integration. She can be reached at [email protected]

Julie Thompson Klein, Ph.D., is Professor of Humanities Emerita in the English Department at Wayne State University and an International Research Affiliate in the Transdiscipinarity Lab at ETH-Zurich. She has also been Visiting Foreign Professor in Japan, Fulbright professor in Nepal, Foundation Visitor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and Distinguished Woman in residence at the University of Victoria. Holder of a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon, Klein is past president of the Association for Integrative Studies and former editor of Issues in Integrative Studies. Her authored and co/edited books include Interdisciplinarity (l990), Interdisciplinary Studies Today (1994), Crossing Boundaries (1996), Transdisciplinarity (2001), Interdisciplinary Education in K-12 and College (2002), Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity (2005), Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures (2010), and Interdisciplining Digital Humanities (2015). She was also Associate Editor of the Oxford Handbook on Interdisciplinarity (2010, 2017) and recipient of the Kenneth Boulding Award for outstanding scholarship on interdisciplinarity and the Team Science Recognition Award. In addition, Klein has advised agencies, professional organizations, and local campuses on interdisciplinary research and education while serving on national task forces. She has also spoken on inter- and trans-disciplinarity throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.

Audrey Mazur-Palandre, Ph.D., is head of inreach and outreach of the Laboratoire d'Excellence ASLAN. This ten-year transdisciplinary project, extended for five more years, focuses on advanced studies on language complexity. Audrey's role as interdisciplinary executive scientist (IES) has resulted in a progressive change in culture in how ASLAN gives societal value to its research, and she recently took the lead on a widely distributed white paper that serves as a model on these issues for other disciplines in the human and social sciences.  She holds a Ph.D. in psycholinguistics from the University of Lyon, and she is co-leader of the research team CogCinel (cognition, collaboration, and on-line interactions) in the language sciences lab ICAR (interactions, corpora, learning, and representations). Her research focuses on written and spoken language development of children, adolescents, and young adults with or without language impairment. These research projects are built within a transdisciplinary perspective focusing on the diversity of stakeholders interested in a particular societal question. For example, her research has allowed her to lead development of a MOOC on dyslexia at the university level that was designed to help professors gain a better understanding of students with dyslexia and to help students develop strategies during their higher education courses. She recently co-edited a book about multimodality of language within a cross-disciplinary perspective: Multimodalité du langage dans les interactions et l'acquisition. Her transdisciplinary and domain-related expertise is widely solicited, notably for the European Erasmus+ project [email protected]

Christine Ogilvie Hendren, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University, and Executive Director of the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT), a multi-institute, interdisciplinary research center whose mission is to elucidate what governs nanomaterial behavior and impacts and translate this understanding into directional guidance for managing potential risks. She serves as faculty co-lead for the Team Science Core of Duke's Clinical and Translational Science Institute, through which she and her team offer consulting, courses, and workshop design and facilitation to support successful team research. Her research focuses on methods, models, and human processes to assess and manage environmental and health risks - particularly emerging and complex risks characterized by pervasive uncertainty. She founded the Intereach (Interdisciplinary Integration Research Careers Hub) community of practice in 2015 for the people who professionally shepherd and synthesize knowledge across boundaries to elevate the collective realized potential of research teams.

Pips Veazey, Ph.D., is the Principal Investigator and Project Director for the Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a statewide program funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Alaska. She also serves as the Deputy Director for Strategic Development at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) dedicated to applied energy research and testing focused on lowering the cost of energy throughout Alaska and developing economic opportunities for the State. She is the lead and creator of Vis-Space, a high-resolution visual environment designed to promote conversations about complex problems, develop creative solutions and enhance team development. Her research interests include the development and implementation of interdisciplinary research teams and team science leadership. She currently serves as a founding board member and Secretary of the International Network for the Science of Team Science (INSciTS). Her previous research on the physical structure of Antarctic sea ice and her recent doctoral work focused on identifying the competencies required to manage and lead large interdisciplinary science teams has provided her with the skills and knowledge to lead large and complex science initiatives.

Kristine Glauber, Ph.D., coordinates programming for a number of groups in the Duke Office of Research Initiatives, including the Mobile App Gateway, the Research Navigators, and Research Onboarding. She also helps develop and implement programs related to Team Science. Kristine comes to CTSI by way of the University of California, Irvine, where she completed her Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Since then, she has had an eclectic mix of professional experiences in education, community health, program coordination, marketing, and communications. Through her diverse experiences, she has developed a passion for identifying creative and engaging tools to facilitate and promote scientific research.