The course Interdisciplinary Community Service Learning: Addressing Challenges Through Transdisciplinary Research (iCSL2) welcomes master students from any disciplinary background to engage in inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge co-creation, and experience real-life research. You are challenged to step out of your bubble and collaborate across and beyond the campus: you’re part of a cross-disciplinary student team, but also work together closely with communities, companies, organizations, and governments to make an impact in one of the following challenges:
In iCSL2, students collaborate in cross-disciplinary teams. Each team member devotes their own thesis, research project or internship to a sub-question of one of these societal challenges. Thus, in parallel to your thesis, you collaborate in the iCSL2 course, to integrate the insights from the different individual projects and consider the wider implications for the broad societal issue.
For the iCSL2 course, you can define your own research topic or you can take one of the topics that was defined by the iCSL team and external partners. For instance, in collaboration with our partners, we have are looking for students to work on Energy Transition Challenge De Pijp and on the Bionutrition metre challenge. Check our brochure for more options and ideas of thesis topics that you can work on.
Students present their finds back to a scientific as well as societal audience in a Public Dialogue Event, which is part of the NWO funded project Science with the neighborhood.