SciTS 2013 Conference: Sessions

Team Science & Sustainability

Tuesday, June 25, 2:45pm - 4:15pm

Sustainability is crucial to the long-term viability of team science, whether in environmental research or health and wellness. Moreover, those spheres are interconnected, making sustainability a widespread mandate across different types of teams and their goals. Drawing on decades of interdisciplinary experience in North America, Europe, and Africa, the panel will present case studies that bridge science and social sciences. It will identify factors that foster long-term sustainability of teams, normative dimensions that arise in transdisciplinary research, and links between health and use of natural resources in communities. The complexity of team science requires a new social contract of science and praxis in a dynamic systems approach that acknowledges the growing body of lessons and strategies but also accounts for emergence and change over time.


Julie Thompson Klein
Julie Thompson Klein
Session Chair

Julie Thompson Klein, Ph.D., is Professor of Humanities at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (USA) and an internationally known scholar of the history, theory, and practice of interdisciplinarity. Past president of the Association for Integrative Studies and former editor of the journal Issues in Integrative Studies, she is a member of the Academy of Scholars at Wayne State University and has received several of the University’s highest awards for excellence in teaching and research. She also won the final prize in the Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation's international competition for new research models and received the Kenneth Boulding Award for outstanding scholarship on interdisciplinarity and the Ramamoorthy & Yeh Transdiscipilnary Distinguished Achievement Award. Klein was a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and has held invited posts in Canada, Japan, Nepal, and New Zealand. In addition, she represented the United States at international symposia on interdisciplinarity in Sweden, Portugal, and France, and has lectured on the topic throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, and in Australia. She also served on a number of national task forces in interdisciplinary and integrative studies and has advised committees of the US National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and National Academies of Sciences. Her authored and edited books include Interdisciplinarity: History, Theory, and Practice (l990), Interdisciplinary Studies Today (1994), Crossing Boundaries: Knowledge, Disciplinarities, and Interdisciplinarities (1996), Transdisciplinarity: Joint Problem Solving among Science, Technology, and Society (2001), Interdisciplinary Education in K-12 and College (2002), the monograph Mapping Interdisciplinary Studies (1999), Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity: The Changing American Academy (2005), and Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures (2010). She is also Associate Editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity (2010),is Co-Editor of the University of Michigan Press series Digital Humanities@digitalculturebooks, and is currently writing a book on “Mapping Digital Humanities.”

Christian Pohl

Christian Pohl has a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and is the Co-Director of the transdisciplinarity-net ( of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and co-director of the Transdisciplinarity Lab of the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich ( He studied environmental sciences, followed by a doctoral thesis on uncertainty in environmental assessments. As a post-doc he moved to the field of science studies and analysed inter- and transdisciplinary research.

Over the last decade Christian Pohl has substantially contributed to the advancement of theory and practice of transdisciplinary research, specifically in the field of sustainable development (cf. Principles for Designing Transdisciplinary Research, Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research, Methods for Transdisciplinary Research). Currently he is engaged in developing a compilation of methods for coproducing knowledge and in chairing the Sustainable Development at Universities Programme (2013-2016).

Patricia L. Rosenfield
Patricia L. Rosenfield

Patricia L. Rosenfield holds an A.B., cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University's Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. She is currently completing a book on 100 years of Carnegie Corporation's international grantmaking. As Senior Fellow at the Rockefeller Archives Center, she is also developing a series of activities to connect practitioners and historians of philanthropy on such topics as forced migration of scholars, the history of the social sciences, children and youth, international relations and agricultural development. She is also working on a paper on the history of foundation support for interdisciplinarity in the social sciences and linking the social sciences with other disciplines. Patricia has written extensively on health, economics and interdisciplinary team research approaches and has served as an advisory editor for Social Science and Medicine. In May 2003, Oxford University Press published Expanding the Boundaries of Health and Social Sciences, co-edited with Frank Kessel and Norman Anderson. Oxford published an updated volume, Interdisciplinary Research, Second Edition, in 2008.

Jakob Zinsstag
Jakob Zinsstag-Klopfenstein

Jakob Zinsstag graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine (Dr. med. vet.) on Salmonella diagnosis at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Berne in 1986. After his studies he worked in rural practice and as post doctoral fellow on trypanosomiasis research at the Swiss Tropical Institute. From 1990 to end of 1993 he led a livestock helminthosis project for the University of Berne at the International Trypanotolerance Centre in The Gambia. From 1994 to 1998 he directed the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Since 1998 he leads a research group at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in Basel on the interface of human and animal health with a focus on health of nomadic people and control of zoonoses in developing countries under the paradigm of “one health”. He holds a Ph.D. in Tropical Animal Production from the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, Belgium. Since 2010 he is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Basel and since 2011 deputy head of department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss TPH . He is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH) and member of the scientific advisory board of the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, Belgium. He is a member of the transdisciplinarity board of the Swiss Academies of Sciences ( and president of the International Association of Ecology and Health (