2022 Business meeting

The 2022 annual business meeting is being held online on Tuesday October 4 and Thursday October 6. The agenda and papers will be posted soon.

Attendees (October 4): Derrick Armstrong, Gabriele Bammer, Ana Corbacho, Iain Gordon, Jason Prior, Ken Taylor, Dan Walker (part).

Attendees (October 6): to be advised

Apologies: Martin Bliemel, Paul Bolger, Jennifer Howell, Anna Peeters, Briony Rogers, Upolu Luma Va’ai, Stuart White.

Chair: Ken Taylor
Technical assistance: Cassie Moutia

The meeting is open to all NITRO-Oceania members and the agenda and papers have been e-mailed. We have scheduled two online meetings on Tuesday October 4 and Thursday October 6, and hope you will be available to attend one of them. The times are:

10am-12pm Western Australia
12-2 pm Queensland and Papua New Guinea
1-3 pm NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania
2-4 pm Fiji
3-5 pm New Zealand and Samoa

If you are unable to attend either meeting, but would like to have input, please contact Gabriele.Bammer@anu.edu.au.

At the meetings we will invite you to participate in the strategic planning process that the NITRO-Oceania Executive has initiated, especially to consider the following questions:

  1. What has worked well in inter- and transdisciplinarity in your organisation?
  2. What is not worked well? What are the challenges?
  3. What are you optimistic about?
  4. What are you concerned about?
  5. What should we do next to foster inter- and transdisciplinarity?

We will also report briefly on our activities in 2022 and on our financial situation. You are also invited to nominate for one of three vacant positions on the Executive. And we will be electing a new President. Nominations are welcome now or at the meetings (please send nominations to Gabriele.Bammer@anu.edu.au)

Come and join us for an exciting conversation!

This YouTube video (4 minutes), made by one of NITRO-Oceania’s founding members, Professor Iain Gordon, provides a brief introduction to NITRO-Oceania and the meeting: 

A brief introduction to NITRO-Oceania

People, communities and economies globally and regionally are facing multiple challenges. With the Covid-19 pandemic still amongst us, supporting healthy and thriving communities is one clear challenge. Caring for the environment amidst climate change, biodiversity loss and food insecurity is another. Geo-political insecurity and associated migration, violence and refugee flows are also dramatically affecting communities. These multiple crises are interconnected through complex relations and feedback loops, which cannot be addressed in isolation.

Working with partners, and across universities and other institutes, is central to creating the diverse knowledges and solutions necessary to address these challenges. They require transcending traditional boundaries of discipline-based research and education.

Despite the longstanding recognition that challenge-led research needs interdisciplinary collaboration as well as transdisciplinary approaches, universities and research ecosystems are not well equipped to nurture them. For instance, there are mismatches between inter- and transdisciplinary career pathways and institutional KPIs and funding. Publishing inter-and transdisciplinary research is often more complex and time-consuming.

NITRO-Oceania was established to help address these challenges by inspiring and supporting researchers to achieve transformational impact on global challenges and by championing interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in research policy and funding settings.