Navigation Links
Academia: A brake on UN development goals
Date:1/17/2013

Head of the HEMIL Centre at the University of Bergen (UiB), Maurice Mittelmark, has now received support from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) to improve this communication. WUN awards start-up funds to promising research projects amongst its members. The funding provides the researchers to compete for major funding and build a larger international platform for their work.

Both UiB applicants in this year's WUN allocation received funding. One of these is Mittelmark's Bridging Health Promotion and Sustainability Science, and the aim is to improve interdisciplinary researcher communication. The project is a collaboration between three UiB research environments: the Department of Health Promotion and Development, UiB Global, and the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP).

Specialisation is the path to scientific progress. But poor communication and lack of cooperation are side effects of the traditional divisions in academia. This hinders optimal solutions to several of the planet's most serious social issues, says Mittelmark.

Dialogue between researchers

According to Mittelmark, progress has been made in environmental research and global health research in the last few years. Yet traditional boundaries in academia prevent a full-scale effect of this progress. Environmental researchers and health researchers far too often find themselves fenced in behind tradition, institute, and faculty.

If allowed to continue, this is bad news for the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDG), he says and points to areas such as improved mother and child health care or eradication of extreme poverty as areas that would benefit from a less rigorous approach from academia.

The first task of Mittelmark's project is to get researchers from different disciplines to enter into a proper dialogue on shared issues.

If we can get the researchers to talk, then the next step will be to create a coordinated work unit working on sustainable development and global health issues, Mittelmark enthuses. Health and the environment are so intertwined with each other that it is pointless to improve one without considering the other.

Transdisciplinary research approach

To combine the apparently contrasting impulses of specialisation and cooperation, Mittelmark suggests what he calls a transdisciplinary approach to research. This goes beyond standard interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary collaboration. He views this as a partnership that goes beyond academia to include politicians and outside experts as well.

Transdisciplinary research is all about engaging with real social issues rather than solving academic riddles, according to Mittelmark. This implies that the researchers take on board the views of others in understanding problems and suggesting solutions. The research process also involves experts from outside academia as equal partners with a knowledge and experience to compliment that of the researchers.

Medical doctors, social scientists, humanists, natural scientists, and experts from outside of academia will learn from one another and take on board each other's work processes, says Mittelmark.

Using the WUN funding, Mittelmark will arrange a major meeting in Bergen in May 2013. Here he will gather researchers from twelve universities and different academic traditions to kick-start a dialogue. The meeting will also provide the basis for applying for funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.

Head of the Department of Philosophy, Reidar K. Lie, is the other UiB recipient of a WUN grant. This is awarded for the project Global Public Health Justice: The Ethics of Research for Public Health, which looks at how to achieve a fairer distribution of the world's health resources.


'/>"/>

Contact: Maurice Mittelmark
Maurice.Mittelmark@iuh.uib.no
47-951-39225
The University of Bergen
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. 2 genetic deletions in human genome linked to the development of aggressive prostate cancer
2. Kudos for 3 NJIT Enterprise Development Center high-tech companies
3. 2 repressor genes identified as essential for placental development
4. Louisiana Tech University professor earns NSF Early Career Development grant
5. Advanced genetic screening method may speed vaccine development
6. New biospecimens management system in development
7. Developmental Woes Common in Siblings of Children With Autism
8. Mutations impair childhood growth and development by disrupting organization of chromosome pairs
9. Penn and Cornell researchers spearhead the development of new guidelines for veterinary CPR
10. Study sheds new light on role of genetic mutations in colon cancer development
11. The first day of development -- a window to successful pregnancy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Academia: A brake on UN development goals
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... CloudLIMS, joins an elite number ... Sciences Tech Solution Providers list of 2016 by CIOReview. , In a deliberate session ... Sciences Tech Solution Providers 2016 has been concluded with. The positioning is based on ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... The World Molecular Imaging ... Molecular Imaging.” The focus of ADDMI-IG will be geared towards how using molecular ... issues. Through ADDMI-IG WMIS will provide a platform for productive discussions about the ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... DKT International, one of the largest private ... to release their 2015 global impact data. In 2015, DKT served over 30 ... and 3.8 million unsafe abortions across 21 countries worldwide. , “We are ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Afrimesure specializes in providing clients with ideal ... and HVAC facilities. Their knowledgeable staff also takes care of the installation, IQ/OQ/PQ ... offers a variety of MadgeTech systems available for sterilization and temperature monitoring, including ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique hotel ... stones to complement its new wellness suites . The two 1,350 sq. ft. ... plethora of special services and insuite amenities, from a custom soap selection and in-suite ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... May 24, 2016 ... , la première endoprothèse à double ... à l,intervention portant sur les membres inférieurs ... OrbusNeich, entreprise mondiale spécialisée dans la ... la vie, a élargi son portefeuille pour ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... , May 23, 2016 ... "Patient Handling Equipment Market by Product (Wheelchair, Scooters, ... Care (Bariatric Care, Critical Care, Wound), Accessories (Lifting, ... Forecast to 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, the patient ... 17.18 Billion by 2021 at a CAGR of ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... , May 23, 2016 ... Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast ... Single and Other), by Application (Drug Discovery and ... End Users (Pharmaceuticals, Life Science and Biotechnology, Academic ... P&S Market Research, the global mass spectrometry ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: