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Disciples of the interdisciplinary: Researchers crossing boundaries to unleash creativity

By Andi Horvath

Neuroscientist and science communicator Dr Daniel Glaser discusses the synergistic dividends that arise from research efforts that cross traditional research domains.

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I’m Dr Andi Horvath. Thanks for joining us. Today, we bring you Up Close to where science and art collide, where unexpected new innovations can arise. I'm talking about the interdisciplinary space where the traditional research disciplines cross-fertilise to be a source of synergy, creativity and new knowledge.

Walk across the campus of any older university and you'll see the names of traditional academic domains on the buildings such as natural philosophy, an old term for physics. But if you check the campus websites, you'll see entirely new disciplines.

Perhaps the traditional academic departments and disciplines were useful ways of dividing up views of nature and culture at the time when they were established, yet the disciplines also seem quite arbitrary demarcations, as there isn't a professor today that doesn’t encounter or draw on interdisciplinary approaches to their research. While specific domain expertise still confers legitimacy and authority, it's pretty much impossible not to be interdisciplinary.

Joining us to explore the issues around the rise of interdisciplinary scientific research and the insights that can leverage creativity and...

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