National Interdisciplinary Education Conference – Online Meetups, Seminars, and Webinars – Call for Papers for Edition 3 – Integrative interdisciplinarity in Theory and Practice

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 approx. four online events annually, alongside an annual conference. Participants from outside The Netherlands are more than welcome to contribute to the events and conferences.

Inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration is currently being celebrated in academic and professional media as a response to the coronavirus pandemic and other complex and dynamic societal challenges. NIE online events facilitate exchange about our current, multifaceted situation, and its immediate effects on education. How may educational programmes, and scholars of interdisciplinary teaching and learning, productively respond to our situation and its many challenges?

The first edition of the NIE Meetups, Seminars, and Webinars took place in June 2020 and attracted 35 participants from a variety of countries. The second edition with a focus on the theme of actionability of interdisciplinary teaching and learning attracted 22 participants in September 2020. Both editions featured senior and junior academics as well as policy makers and students presenting their projects and best practices.


The theme of the third edition is the Integrative Interdisciplinarity in Theory and Practice. We welcome presentations on themes such as, but not limited to, a) philosophies and epistemologies of integrative interdisciplinarity; b) techniques for integration; c) practices of working with students on integrating their knowledges and insights; and d) assessment of integrative course work.


The third edition will take place on December 4, 2020 3-5pm CEST. We invite you to submit a short (50-100 words) proposal and bio statement for a 10-minute presentation. Please send your proposal to and with ‘Proposal for NIE Presentation’ in the subject line. The deadline for proposals is November 16, 2020. We will inform you asap afterwards if we could fit your presentation in the schedule of the third online NIE meetup. We will be using MS Teams. Please add yourself to the Team by using this link or the code ‘93xa4da’. Consider subscribing to our mailinglist here.

Feel free to contact us, should you have questions or specific ideas for future sessions.

The National Interdisciplinary Education Conference – Online Meetups, Seminars, and Webinars are an initiative of Teun Dekker (Maastricht University), Merel van Goch and Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht University), and Linda de Greef and Machiel Keestra (University of Amsterdam).