Tackling global challenges

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tackling global challenges

An interdisciplinary approach

Queen’s has invested significantly in both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research in order to create the environment in which our researchers can tackle the challenges that face us all on a global scale.

Our Global Research Institutes

At The Graduate School, we believe that major challenges relating to health, inequality, technological advancement, economic growth, security, or energy and sustainability cannot be solved by one discipline alone.

These types of challenges require multiple, transdisciplinary perspectives: after all, if we’re always talking to the same people, we may never end up saying anything different when it comes to solutions, so at the Graduate School, we create the opportunities, and the skills framework, for intellectual collaboration across borders.    

INTERDISCIPLINARY EVENTS

Research Sandpits

A research sandpit is an intensive, interactive workshop designed to inspire and produce radically innovative and multi-disciplinary research proposals. Participants from a diverse range of disciplines come together in a creative, free-thinking environment and immerse themselves in a collaborative process around an important challenge (www.epsrc.ac.uk)…. It’s also a lot of fun!

Recently, we have tackled challenges linked to:

  • Digital economies
  • Technology and Security
  • Borders and Crossings
  • Global Citizenship
  • Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

Being able to communicate the potential impact of your research to a multidisciplinary audience can only enhance disciplinary excellence. So bring your perspective to the table in a forum for transdisciplinary debate and dialogue that will allow you to have different conversations about the value and potential impact of your research with different people; it also gives you a taster of producing the kind of multidisciplinary research proposals that all Research Councils want to see.


Concept Album Talks

The concept album talk uses the title of a song as an innovative way of communicating your research or course of study to a non-specialist audience.  The challenge is to pick a song title that would allow you to present your research or course of study in a different light.  You can only speak for the length of your chosen track. Concept Album talks are open to both postgraduate taught and research students.

It will a fun and challenging way of presenting your research to a welcoming audience.  In addition, it will develop your skills specifically in:

  • High-impact communication
  • Creative thinking
  • Articulating what is key in your research
  • Reaching out to an audience who are not necessarily specialists in your field
  • Delivering a talk within a limited time frame 

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