Showcase to feature research across disciplines

Design Across Disciplines

How do university researchers take on society’s greatest and most complex challenges? To start, they team up with other departments across campus.

An upcoming event will help to connect University of Minnesota researchers from different fields of study as they prepare to solve complex issues that require both breadth and depth of knowledge. Discovery Across Disciplines, hosted by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research, will showcase interdisciplinary research from more than 50 of the university’s centers and institutes. The groups will gather from 2 to 4 pm. on Oct. 16 on Coffman Memorial Union’s third floor to exhibit their work and meet with graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty members interested in connecting with other researchers outside of their department.

The U’s centers and institutes give the university’s brightest minds a way to come together across multiple fields of study to take on the world’s most challenging problems, from creating a sustainable food supply to developing cures for infectious diseases. These collaborative settings provide researchers the foundation to build off of one another’s strengths and find new approaches to a problem, which can ultimately lead to new solutions.

“Bringing together researchers from different fields, inspires a creative, flexible atmosphere that breaks experts out of their daily routine to ask new questions and listen to new perspectives,” said Vice President for Research Brian Herman, Ph.D. “Interdisciplinary research is an exciting way to push the limits of our knowledge and reach those breakthroughs that fundamentally improve our world.”

Discovery Across Disciplines will allow researchers to explore new scholarly interests and find opportunities to participate in groundbreaking work with one of the U’s centers or institutes. Attendees can also network with colleagues from across the university and learn more about research in other departments.

No registration is necessary. Graduate students, postdocs and new faculty are especially encouraged to attend. For more information on the event visit Discovery Across Disciplines.