FINTERDIS is going to Amsterdam!

The Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) Conference will be organized in Amsterdam between October 24-26, 2019. A team of FINTERDIS members will participate in the event to celebrate our collaboration with the international AIS as well as with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Amsterdam. This is the first time the AIS conference will be organized in Europe, and we are very excited to be part of it!

FINTERDIS will contribute to a range of activities within the conference. In collaboration with the Dutch conference organizers including co-host Roosmarijn van Woerden, will will organize a workshop for early-career scholars. In this workshop, early-career scholars can discuss challenges they have experienced in their career and to think of solutions, with guidance from leading scholars in the field including professor Catherine Lyall, professor emerita Julie Thompson Klein, and professor Sven Arvidson. 

FINTERDIS members Leena Helenius and Charlotta Holmström will organize a 90-minute workshop titled "Building Bridges Between Disciplines with the GHH Framework," inspired by their magnificent Kudelma network. A Finnish version of this workshop was organized during the FINTERDIS 1-year anniversary celebration in Helsinki on October 4, 2019 by Leena Helenius, Risto Willamo and Annika Nuotiomäki.

FINTERDIS Board member Blair Stevenson will organize a panel discussion titled "Interdisciplinarity and Project-based innovation" in collaboration with Isabelle Vandevyvere and Wolfgang Gruber. FINTERDIS vice president, Mikko Niemelä will present a poster titled "Constructing powerful knowledge through interdisciplinary curriculum. Kirsi Cheas is also moderating a panel that focuses on global exchanges between interdisciplinarians.

Want to join us in Amsterdam? More information available at:

FINTERDIS 1-year Anniversary Lecture & Workshops, Oct. 4, 2019 in Helsinki

Professor David Inglis gave the Finterdis 1-year Anniversary Lecture on Oct 4, 2019
Professor David Inglis gave the Finterdis 1-year Anniversary Lecture on Oct 4, 2019

The 1-year anniversary of FINTERDIS - The Finnish Interdisciplinary Society was celebrated on October 4, 2019. FINTERDIS was founded exactly one year ago to support especially early-career researchers and students in their efforts to engage in interdisciplinarity. Through our anniversary celebration, we wish to thank all our members for having contributed to our goals and activities and to invite more people to join our community. FINTERDIS is an autonomous, registered society open to all students, researchers, and teachers affiliated with universities across Finland and abroad, regardless of career stage or specialization.

The anniversary celebration took place at the Athena building, Siltavuorenpenger 3A, University of Helsinki. The program began with the FINTERDIS Anniversary Lecture in Hall 167:

10:15: Opening remarks by Kirsi Cheas, President of FINTERDIS: "Creative Creatures Crossing a Bridge: Where We Have Come and What Lies Ahead"

10:30-11:15: FINTERDIS 1-year Anniversary Lecture by Professor David Inglis: "(Up to) Eleven Theses on Interdisciplinarity: Power, Career, & Changing the World"

11:15-11:35: Q&A and Discussion

11:35-11:45: Closing remarks and short description of workshops to follow

(Lunch break)

13:00-14:30 FINTERDIS ANNIVERSARY WORKSHOPS (parallel sessions):

Workshop A (in English), Hall 169: Recognition of Interdisciplinary Academic Identities. A workshop to discuss challenges related to the process of building an academic career with an interdisciplinary identity and to explore possibilities to overcome such challenges at different career stages. Organized by FINTERDIS Board members Mikko Salmela (Senior researcher, Adjunct professor), Jarkko Vikman (Doctoral candidate), and Kirsi Cheas (Postdoctoral researcher).

Workshop B (in Finnish), Hall 166, organized by Leena Helenius (Doctoral candidate) and Risto Willamo (University lecturer), Description in Finnish: Kokonaisvaltaisen ajattelun työkalu GHH-kehys. Mitä yhteistä on kokonaisvaltaisella lähestymistavalla ja tieteidenvälisyydellä? Työpajassa pääset kokeilemaan Kudelma-verkoston GHH-kehystä, joka on kehitetty kompleksisten ilmiöiden tarkasteluun tieteenalasta riippumatta. Kehystä voi käyttää niin tutkimusprojektin jäsentämisen kuin oppimisen välineenä. 

FINTERDIS wishes to thank the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Helsinki for sponsoring us with the space for this event.

We enhance interdisciplinary. international, and intergenerational learning in various ways:

Peer-support groups, forums, and workshops for students, junior scholars, and teachers engaging in interdisciplinary research

Peer-support groups will be organized around the country while forums will provide digital spaces for . The peer-support groups and related meetings are to be organized as of spring 2019.

Workshops will feature visiting Finnish and foreign scholars specialized in interdisciplinary methods and theory, providing an open space for participants at different careers to explore the connections they are passionate about. Workshops will be organized as soon as possible, building on the expertise, diverse backgrounds, and wide networks of FINTERDIS Board members. 

Do you want to organize and/or participate in the planning of a peer-support group or a workshop in your region? Please get in touch with us! info(at)

Surveys and interviews with scholars and students about the possibilities and limitations they have encountered in interdisciplinary research  

A working group within FINTERDIS will design and distribute a surveys in several Finnish universities. Each interest group (1. Graduate and postgraduate students; 2. Early-career researchers; 3. Teachers and research supervisors; 4. Advanced scholars, above the level of Title of Docent; and 5. Administrators and policy makers) will be sent a different survey tailored to understand their particular experiences. Each respondent will be asked to specify, in their own words, their fields of specialization and the institution(s) that they are affiliated with, to understand the extent to which different universities and fields have responded to challenges related to interdisciplinarity. The surveys will be complemented with group and individual interviews with willing survey respondents. Mixed-method setting serves the need to gain both generalizable and in-depth knowledge about the challenges of interdisciplinary work in Finnish universities.

We will share the results with higher education planners, university administrators, and advanced scholars so that interdisciplinary programs of the future could better take into account the experiences of junior scholars and students and the barriers they have run into when engaging interdisciplinarity. To share the results, we aim to organize public events to enable lively discussion between different interest groups and the academic public at large.

Have you conducted research on the experiences of junior scholars working in the Finnish academic context? Want to share your findings with our members? Please get in touch: info(at)


of Finnish scholars and sharing Finnish practices abroad

Many of FINTERDIS's founding members and current Board members have international academic experience and connections around the world, which have enriched our thinking and understanding about interdiscip-linarity. We believe that by engaging with the wider world, we can learn about different practices that can help us in our efforts to implement interdisdisciplinarity in our country, while lessons learned in our country can be beneficial for someone else. FINTERDIS encourages membership of foreign scholars working in the Finnish academic context and learning from their experiences and how they perceive our system and its different limitations and possibilities.

FINTERDIS aims to provide grounds for its members to connect internationally. We collaborate closely with the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies; a professional organization with international membership, founded in 1979 in the U.S. The AIS promotes the interchange of ideas among scholars and administrators and embraces diversity as its core value. Read more about AIS on our page titled "Cooperation."

In 2019, the AIS annual conference will hosted for the first time in Europe, at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Various FINTERDIS members and board members will present their work at the Conference, and FINTERDIS is involved in organizing a workshop for early-career researchers in collaboration with the Dutch conference organizers. Please join us in Amsterdam!

AIS website and 2019 conference website