Our oceans face complex challenges. Such multifaceted problems can only be solved by diverse science, but examples of true interdisciplinarity are scarce still. Different terminologies, epistemologies, siloing within research and the ability to recognise others values are all barriers to this.
This network session aims to promote innovative thinking about the possibilities of interdisciplinary work. In this network session, a diverse group of Ocean Professionals will collaborate on an interactive 'quest' to simulate interdisciplinary collaboration. Participants will use personal experiences from their disciplines to choose one specific issue (your dragon) which the party will address using its own complementary skills through the quest. Once addressed (or slayed), results of the quest and relevant steps of the process will contribute to one of the following goals inspired by ICES science priorities:
Network session participants will consider what they can offer and gain when collaborating with other disciplines, the barriers that interdisciplinary research faces, and how these can be overcome. The interactive format facilitates networking while encouraging members of the ICES community to learn about interdisciplinary work and how it fits within the ICES aims and framework. Verbal and written feedback from the session will be collated by the organisers to develop further integration of interdisciplinarity within ICES activities and working groups.