Transdisciplinarity: Joint Problem Solving among Science, Technology, and Society

An Effective Way for Managing Complexity

  • Julie Thompson Klein
  • Rudolf Häberli
  • Roland W. Scholz
  • Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy
  • Alain Bill
  • Myrtha Welti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Summary and Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rudolf Häberli, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Julie Thompson Klein
      Pages 3-5
    3. Rudolf Häberli, Alain Bill, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Julie Thompson Klein, Roland W. Scholz, Myrtha Welti
      Pages 6-22
  3. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Alain Bill, Julie Thompson Klein
      Pages 25-34
  4. Keynote Addresses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Rita Colwell, Robert Eisenstein
      Pages 59-66
    3. Michael Gibbons, Helga Nowotny
      Pages 67-80
  5. Interactive Sessions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Julie Thompson Klein
      Pages 103-116
    3. Roland W. Scholz
      Pages 117-129
    4. Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy
      Pages 130-137
  6. The Swiss Transdisciplinarity Award

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Heidi Diggelmann, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Ruth Kaufmann-Hayoz, Johannes R. Randegger, Christian Smoliner
      Pages 141-146
    3. Egon Becker, Thomas Jahn, Diana Hummel, Immanuel Stiess, Peter Wehling, Bernhard Truffer et al.
      Pages 147-166
    4. Mohammad A. Jabbar, M. A. Mohamed Saleem, Hugo Li-Pun, J. Leo A. Jansen, Geert van Grootveld, Egbert van Spiegel et al.
      Pages 167-213
  7. Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Hansjürg Mey, Sunita Kapila
      Pages 253-259
  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Christian Smoliner, Rudolf Häberli, Myrtha Welti
      Pages 263-271
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 273-332

About this book


What kind of science do we need today and tomorrow? In a game that knows no boundaries, a game that contaminates science, democracy and the market economy, how can we distinguish true needs from simple of fashion? How can we distinguish between necessity and fancy? whims How can we differentiate conviction from opinion? What is the meaning of this all? Where is the civilizing project? Where is the universal outlook of the minds that might be capable of counteracting the global reach of the market? Where is the common ground that links each of us to the other? We need the kind of science that can live up to this need for univer­ sality, the kind of science that can answer these questions. We need a new kind of knowledge, a new awareness that can bring about the creative destruction of certainties. Old ideas, dogmas, and out-dated paradigms must be destroyed in order to build new knowledge of a type that is more socially robust, more scientifically reliable, stable and above all better able to express our needs, values and dreams. What is more, this new kind of knowledge, which will be challenged in turn by ideas yet to come, will prove its true worth by demonstrating its capacity to dialogue with these ideas and grow with them.


Natur Session Teamwork assessment biotechnology evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Julie Thompson Klein
    • 1
  • Rudolf Häberli
    • 2
  • Roland W. Scholz
    • 3
  • Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy
    • 2
  • Alain Bill
    • 4
  • Myrtha Welti
    • 5
  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Studies ProgramWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Swiss Priority Program EnvironmentSwiss National Science FoundationBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Natural and Social Science InterfaceSwiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)ZurichSwitzerland
  4. 4.ALSTOM Power Technology LtdBaden-DattwilSwitzerland
  5. 5.Swiss Foundation Science et CitéBernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Verlag, PO Box 133, CH-4010 Basel, Switzerland 2001
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser, Basel
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-0348-9559-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-0348-8419-8
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Finance, Business & Banking