i2Insights Ambassadors

Meet our i2Insights Ambassadors

Ulli Vilsmaier
Ulli VilsmaierLeuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany; Institute of Philosophy and Sciences of Art and Methodology Center
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Ulli promotes i2Insights blog during teaching, research development workshops, trainings and the Td Summer School in Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Caucasus region.

Ulli brokered the production of the following blog post: 'Setting an agenda for transdisciplinary research in Africa by Basirat Oyalowo
BinBin Pearce
BinBin PearceDelft University of Technology, The Netherlands; Department of Multi-Actor Systems in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
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With BinBin’s encouragement three of her students produced the following blog post: 'Six lessons from students about transdisciplinary learning' by Irina Dallo, Jan Freihardt and Juanita von Rothkirch.

BinBin assisted Bianca Vienni Baptista in recruiting contributions from participants at the 2021 International Transdisciplinarity conference.
Bianca Vienni Baptista
Bianca Vienni BaptistaETH Zurich, Switzerland; Transdisciplinarity Lab in the Department of Environmental Systems Science
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Bianca helps make the blog visible in Latin America, using it as a teaching resource and by encouraging colleagues to write blog posts, as well as to comment on other posts. She also motivates interactions on the blog between colleagues in the arts, humanities and social sciences communities.

Bianca took the lead, assisted by BinBin Pearce in recruiting contributions from participants at the 2021 International Transdisciplinarity conference.
Manal Adel Said Affara
Manal Adel Said AffaraAlexandria University, Egypt; Department of Tourism Guidance
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In expanding knowledge about interdisciplinarity and integration and implementation sciences (i2S) at her university, Manal is promoting i2Insights blog to increase Egyptian researcher involvement in writing for and commenting on the blog.
Julie Thompson Klein
Julie Thompson KleinWayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA; Professor of Humanities Emerita
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Julie promotes the blog through her extensive networking, encouraging colleagues to write for and comment on the blog. She also writes about the blog in her academic work.
Rania Nabih El-Shaheny
Rania Nabih El-ShahenyMansoura University, Egypt; Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy
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In her role as executive board member for the Egyptian Young Academy of Science, Rania promotes the blog through a working group on interdisciplinary research.
Cathy Hobbs
Cathy HobbsIndependent researcher and Visiting Fellow, Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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Cathy recruits systems thinkers to write for the blog.

How i2Insights Ambassadors can help the blog

We particularly need help to achieve:

  • a global community
    • Important research tackling complex societal and environmental problems is happening in almost all countries. New tools are often developed and existing ones adapted to be effective in local circumstances. We can all benefit from learning about these innovations and adaptations.
    • We need help in recruiting authors, commentators and viewers from countries that are not represented or are under-represented.
    • We need help fostering interaction within the blog community, especially discussion of blog posts using the commenting function, and also in imaginative new ways.
  • comprehensive coverage of topics that are key to research integration and implementation
    • The blog encompasses fourteen main topics, but coverage is uneven. By clicking on “categories” in the right hand column, you can see how many posts there for each main topic.
    • We need help in attracting blog posts covering under-represented main topics at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels.

Examples of ways that Ambassadors can amplify the impact of the work presented in the i2Insights blog, include:

  • Encouraging colleagues to pitch their ideas for blog posts
  • Suggesting researchers for us to approach, along with topics they can cover
  • Encouraging colleagues to comment on blog posts relevant to their interests
  • Letting others know about the blog through talks and social media
  • Running additional social media channels for advertising the blog (we currently use Twitter and LinkedIn), eg., Facebook
  • Organising podcasts of blog posts
  • Organising discussions around blog posts.

We welcome new imaginative ideas and actions that you would like to implement.

How being an i2Insights Ambassador can help you

Being an i2Insights Ambassador would ideally be a win-win for you and the blog. We see at least four opportunities for i2Insights Ambassadors:

  1. Leveraging or building on activities you already undertake, for example, finding suitable blog post authors and topics in journals you read, referring to work from blog posts in talks you give and highlighting blog posts in social media you are active in.
  2. Gaining experience or skills in areas of interest, such as learning to run discussions, strengthening your social media presence, learning how to organise podcasts.
  3. Building your networks. The blog has a wide range of contributors at all academic levels from university executives to graduate students. Helping us build the community can also help you build your networks.
  4. Expanding your knowledge of tools. The blog aims to be comprehensive in its coverage of resources for research tackling complex societal and environmental problems. If you are interested in a particular topic, you can help identify and recruit the best people to produce blog posts about it