The NAKFI conference emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach. You will spend a large portion of the conference in your Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Teams developing a plan to solve the challenge posed to the team, or to a reframed challenge identified by the team. At a midpoint and at the conclusion of the conference, each team will provide a short report to all attendees to share the group’s progress.
The composition of each group will be intentionally diverse to encourage different types of contributions and the generation of new ideas and approaches. The goals of the IDR Teams are to:
· Forge new scientific contacts to counterbalance specialization and isolation.
· Support communication beyond the barriers of language, culture, habits, and institutions.
· Spur new thinking and encourage attendees to ask new questions.
IDR Team Challenge Summaries
Below are links to the seven IDR Team Challenges that will be examined during the conference. After reading the challenges conference participants were asked to submit their top three preferences on the IDR Team Challenge Preferences Form by August 23, 2013. Please click here to sign into the Futures Network and see your IDR Team Challenge assignment.
Have an idea for a challenge but don’t see it here? You will have an opportunity to pitch your ideas on Day 2 of the conference and time to work on them with interested parties on Saturday evening and the last day, so begin working on your pitch now!
For more information on how the IDR Teams will work during the conference please click here.