Course module: BMB501917
Societal challenges for life science scientists: exploring interdisciplinarity
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Language of instruction
Faculty of Medicine;
Graduate School of Life Sciences;
Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
dr. ir. M.E.G.L. Lumens
+31 30 2539447
(21/08/2017 to 18/08/2018)
Teaching period in which the course begins
-: Not in use
8 - 19 Jan 2018. Please register via the studyguide.
Course application process
Enrolling through OSIRIS
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary courses
Course placement process
address the limitations of current knowledge of their discipline,
be aware of one's own biases and assumptions, and to value different perspectives,
weigh disciplinary insights, and find common ground between the disciplinary insights,
create new insights by integrating disciplinary perspectives,
design, plan, and execute an interdisciplinary research project.
Period (from - till):
8 - 19 January 2018
Dr. ir. M.E.G.L. Lumens
Dr. G.M.J. Ramakers
One overarching interdisciplinary theme will be chosen each year. This year the theme is Food and health. In the first few days, lecture/discussion will be organized with experts in the field to help students familiarize with the topic, get an overview of the current debate, and the problems to solve. In the meantime, students will be instructed on the principles of interdisciplinary research.
Students form interdisciplinary groups of 3/4 and develop a research question within the theme that captured their interest. After presenting their plans and receiving (peer) feedback on the feasibility of their plans, students make a concrete plan for the rest of the course period and divide tasks. Each team has a supervisor.
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Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme
Students should be enrolled in a master's programme of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
Instructional formats (attendance required)
Group work (Required)
Guest lecture (Required)