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Co-Production of Knowledge in Agricultural Landscape Research

- ZALF-Colloquium, April 11, 2017 -


  • What kind of knowledge about agricultural landscapes do we need for sustainable land use?
  • How can we gain this knowledge?
  • Who has access to this knowledge?
  • What are adequate parts for science and practice?
  • And how does a changed form of knowledge production influence the development of agricultural landscapes?

These questions are also increasingly discussed at the ZALF in recent years. With transdisciplinary research approaches, different projects at ZALF aim at producing and dealing with more integrated knowledge in order to provide orientations for a more sustainable land use.

Results of transdiciplinary reserach were discussed within the framework of the ZALF Colloquium on 11th April in Müncheberg. As a guest Prof. Birgit Blättel-Mink from Goethe University in Frankfurt was invited to enrich the discussion by a lecture.

After the introduction by Mrs. Jun.-Prof. Dr. Andrea Knierim, apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weith and Jana Zscheischler (M.A. & MSc) presented current research results from the research area "Co-Design of Change and Innovation", which go back to the long-standing expertise at the ZALF in transdisciplinary joint research projects. A new understanding of knowledge, which goes far beyond the scientific expertise, has become clear. At the same time, the possibilities of transdisciplinary research approaches were shown to deal more adequately with complex real-world problems.

Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink then commented on the topic of transdisciplinarity with regard to current research policy. She showed concrete research perspectives and referred to thematic fields such as knowledge and action in transdisciplinary networks, innovation systems as global organisations and the transfer of knowledge, social transformation processes and the role of sciences. The event was rounded off by a broad and intensive discussion.

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