NITRO-Oceania Workshops – from SRI2020 to virtual and SRI2021

June 17, 2020: Impact narratives workshop a success!

Seventeen leaders of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research organisations, along with ten interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary researchers and practitioners met virtually to move thinking forward on how best to describe interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and its impacts. It successfully set the scene for the next two workshops in the series, as described below.

June 10, 2020: June 17 online workshop – ready to roll

The June 17 workshop – Communicating in stories – strengthening this core ID/TD skill – is over-subscribed and promises to be an exciting event. We have participants from all parts of Oceania, both researchers and practitioners, and ranging from early career to senior.

It will take place at the following times:

Australian Western Standard Time 8:00-11:00 am
Australian Eastern Standard Time 10:00-1:00 pm
Papua-New Guinea Time 10:00-1:00 pm
Solomon Islands Time 11:00- 2:00 pm
Fiji Standard Time 12:00 – 3:00 pm
New Zealand Standard Time 12:00 – 3:00 pm.

To prepare for the workshop, please watch the keynote presentation below (13 minute YouTube video):

If you have any problems with the above video, it can be found on Youtube at: The video is titled: “Background to June 17 2020 workshop by Gabriele Bammer”.

May 8, 2020: Details of June 17 workshop

The workshop scheduled for Wednesday 17 June 2020 is: Communicating in stories – strengthening this core ID/TD skill.

Participants will have an opportunity to: unpack the principles and core elements common to all effective impact narratives; to consider the value of impact narratives in underscoring the importance of ID/TD approaches in progressing the UN’s sustainability development goals (SDGs); and learn how to support, develop and deliver them through the use of particular tools.

The key learning objective is: To help participants assess the value of telling ID/TD stories and to introduce them to tools/a set of principles to assist communicating in stories in a compelling way
The three-hour on-line workshop will be interactive. Participants will:

  • hear from inter- and transdisciplinarity practitioners on the value of impact narratives;
  • consider the key elements of effective stories, and the design and use of templates to guide their development;
  • participate in group exercises to identify and construct good stories, trialling the template approach;
  • join in group and plenary discussions sharing insights gained, lessons learned and opportunities for improvement.
  • NB: Taking advantage of the online medium, the 15-minute keynote address will be sent via link before the workshop so you can watch it at a time that suits you and as often as you need to orient yourself for the workshop discussions.

Pre-workshop preparation:

  1. Check out the narrative examples on the NITRO-Oceania website ( and reflect on examples of impact narratives that you are aware of or have experienced – and come to the workshop ready to talk about them.
  2. Watch the keynote presentation (as noted above). The presentation will take 15 mins and will set the scene, provide key learnings and be the basis for the opening workshop discussion. It will cover:
    • Why ID/TD is important – the new value it offers and in what contexts and for what issues it is most effective eg progressing the SDGs;
    • Why storytelling is important for ID/TD, including highlighting core impact narrative principles.
  3. And finally join in a quick introductory session with the Facilitator, one of the Workshop Convenors and 3-4 fellow participants in order to:
    • Meet one of the Convenors and some of the other participants in a smaller setting – to facilitate connections across the group;
    • Check in on any areas of particular interest/need – to help refine the workshop approach;
    • Seek volunteers for a Panel Response session in the workshop; and
    • Establish the IT video and audio links and iron out any technical issues.
    • NB: A number of sessions will be held to accommodate different time zones/commitments.

We expect the three-hour workshop on 17 June to span up to four time zones. To accommodate these the workshop will be held at the following times:

Australian Western Standard Time 8:00-11:00 am
Australian Eastern Standard Time 10:00-1:00 pm
Papua-New Guinea Time 10:00-1:00 pm
Solomon Islands Time 11:00- 2:00 pm
Fiji Standard Time 12:00 – 3:00 pm
New Zealand Standard Time 12:00 – 3:00 pm

The first 25 participants to register will gain a place in the 17 June workshop and we will then be in touch about the specific platform we will be using, and the introduction session times.

Please register your interest in participating, before Monday 25 May by using this link:

We look forward to meeting with you through the introductory sessions and then again on 17 June.

Workshop Organising Team: Ken Taylor, Iain Gordon, Derrick Armstrong, Dan Walker, Eleanor Robson and Kate Hayes (facilitator)

May 8, 2020: Proposed three workshop program

The theme for the three workshops is: Greater impact through inter- and transdisciplinary research and education: building skills, value and the case for this new way of working.

Workshop 1. Online June 17, 2020 see above.

Workshop 2. Online Late 2020

Workshop 3. Face to face at SRI2021 (Sustainability Research and Innovation) in Brisbane, June 12-15, 2021. For more details see

April 16, 2020: Proposed workshop details

With the postponement of the SRI2020 Conference until June 2021, the NITRO-Oceania Executive have decided to change the format for the planned workshop in June 2020 and to retain a programme of workshops up to and including the rescheduled SRI Conference.

NITRO-Oceania is therefore hosting a series of three workshops over the course of the next 12 months to build the capacity and capability of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary community to increase the uptake of such research for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our region.

As a leader in an inter- or trans-disciplinary organisation and engaged with NITRO Oceania, you are invited to attend these workshops.

The first virtual workshop will take place on 17 June 2020 and begin a process of supporting leaders in inter- and trans-disciplinary organisations. It will focus on the importance of telling and documenting success stories from the Oceania region. Effective impact narratives build the case for the inter- and trans-disciplinary approach as key for research impact in progressing the Sustainable Development Goals.

The second workshop will likely also be hosted virtually toward the end of 2020.

The third workshop will take place as a session at the Sustainability Research and Innovation 2021 Congress in Brisbane, Australia, scheduled for 12-15 June 2021. The theme for this workshop will be determined closer to the time and based on feedback from the NITRO- Oceania membership.

April 14, 2020: New dates for SRI2021 announced. SRI2021 will be held in Brisbane, Australia from June 12-15, 2021. For more details see

March 22, 2020: SRI2020 has been postponed until 2021, with dates still to be confirmed. We’re looking to hold a preliminary workshop, as well as our business meeting online – we will post details as soon as they are available.

March 5, 2020: The workshop and business meeting will be held on Wednesday March 17. The workshop will run from 8.30-11.30am, followed by a networking lunch (11.30am-1pm) and the business meeting (1-3pm). The venue will be the Museum.

February 11, 2020: The NITRO-Oceania Executive and next meeting working group are delighted that we have been successful in our application to run a workshop at SRI2020 (Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2020:, a major international event that will be held in Brisbane from June 14-17, 2020.

We will also hold a business meeting and networking event for NITRO-Oceania members adjacent to the workshop.

We are currently waiting to hear the day and time scheduled for the workshop in the conference program, after which we’ll be able to finalise our planning.

We will post more information about the workshop, business meeting and networking event as planning progresses.