Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference 2019


Thursday 24- Saturday 26 October

Below a first overview of the AIS Conference. Click on the days to read more about the plenary activities of each day. We will upload a detailed overview including all parallel sessions, by 15 June at the latest. Closer to the conference we offer you a downloadable pdf and a conference app with a description of all sessions. Please be advised that the below overview is subject to change.




09:00-17:00 Registration
09:30-12:00 Pre-conference workshop I +II
13:30-17:00 Urban Lab: Circular Cities in Global Contexts
17:30-20:00 Pre-conference dinner


Please buy separate tickets for these activities in the webshop



08:30-17:00 Registration

Official Opening with:

UvA Rector Karen Maex, James Welch (President of the AIS) & James Kennedy (Dean at UCU, and Prof. Modern History)

11:00-12:30 World Cafe on 'Interdisciplinarity in global contexts' (including coffee & tea)
12:30-13:30 Lunch (vegetarian & vegan food only)
13:30-14:30 Parallel Sessions I
15:00-16:00 Parallel Sessions II
16:15-17:15 Parallel Sessions III
17:15-18:30 State of the field + Opening Drinks
18:30 Dinner Circles




08:30-17:00 Registration
08:30-09:30 Morning Sessions & Special Meetings

Plenary Opening:
Inter- and transdisciplinary research in global contexts: challenges and opportunities

11:00-12:30 Parallel Sessions I
12:30-13:30 Lunch (vegetarian and vegan food only)
13:30-14:30 Parallel Sessions II
15:00-16:00 Parallel Sessions III
16:15-17:15 Plenary Closing:
The future of interdisciplinarity: Share your dreams
17:30-22:00 Boat Dinner Party




09:00-13:30 Registration
09:30-10:30 Plenary Opening:
Radical re-design of interdisciplinary education in global contexts
11:00-12:30 Parallel Sessions I
12:30-13:30 Lunch (vegetarian & vegan food only)
13:30-14:30 Parallel Sessions II
15:00-16:00 Parallel Sessions III
16:15-17:15 Plenary Closing 
17:30-18:30 Network Drinks
18:30 Dinner Circle



Conference Session Types


Panel discussion

Each panel discussion will consist of about four panel members (presenters) to explore common ground among papers. Each panel will last 60/90 minutes, unfolding in an interactive discussion format in which  each presenter will give a brief presentation followed by an in-depth Q & A discussion of at least 45 min involving  all presenters and audience members and led by a moderator. 


A limited number of 60/90 minute workshops will be available during the conference. A workshop provides participants with a deep examination of a specific topic or question, led by a facilitator with extensive experience in the field. Workshops are highly interactive and give participants the chance to discuss in depth their own experiences and points of view, and bring new insights and tools.

The Solution Room

The solution room allows attendees to meet colleagues with similar interests and to engage in in-depth discussions. In this format you will have 60 minutes to speak with max. 8 colleagues to find a solution for your question, challenge or request. Lightly facilitated, groups can select one of several available collaborative tools such as Design thinking, Metaphoric Thinking, Brainwriting, or the Walt Disney Strategy.

Themed Poster Pitch Parcour

Posters will be on exhibit at the AIS conference and will be presented in "speedtalks" within a themed poster pitch parcours, guided by a moderator.

Paper presentation in a themed session

The paper presentations (15 minutes) will be grouped by topic or theme into sessions that include several related presentations. The presentations will provide the framework for the subsequent shared discussion, led by a moderator.

Themed Plaza's

A plaza hosts a variety of experts who showcase  their experience within a certain theme. At the AIS 2019 we have four Plaza's. One about the topic 'Innovative Pedagogies', one about 'Community Engaged Learning', another one about 'Teaching Interdisciplinary Research and a specific 'Demo Plaza' involving online tools and serious games. At the start of each plaza, the experts will give a 3-minute pitch of their knowledge and experiences. Following with a round of expert tables where you can discover the methodologies, founding theories, samples of handouts, student work and assessments. Or you can participate in a learning activity or demonstration. At the end of the plaza, we will jointly look for what makes these experiences unique, what are the underlying  design principles and wat are the possibilities to put this into practice in your own context.

Expo or Performance

The Expo or exhibition will showcase elements of best practices and projects in interdisciplinary research and education. Aside from an exhibition we offer a couple of performances that can be seen at CREA, the UvA's creative  open (student) space with a theatre floor, next to the conference location. More details about which performances or projects are on display will follow.

Energy Room

Would you like to boost your energy, and engage in exercises that were also used as learning activities? Or contemplate on what you have learned? Don't forget to visit the Energy Room on Friday or Saturday at CREA, the UvA's creative open (student) space. The floor will be open to either rewind, unwind or open your mind. 

Published by  Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies

29 May 2019