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From 24-26 October 2019, the annual AIS conference will be hosted for the first time in Europe, by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands. This international conference brings together interdisciplinary researchers, educators, students, alumni and administrators from across the globe.

Conference Theme

The theme of the conference will be ‘Interdisciplinarity in Global Contexts’. Since a defining feature of interdisciplinarity is not to abstract or isolate problems but rather to approach them in their real-world contexts, this conference theme asks participants to consider the global and local contexts of inter(or trans)disciplinary research and education.

Call for proposals

You are invited to send in your proposal considering interdisciplinary research or education relating to the conference theme  here. Deadline for submission is April 1st. We are especially looking for proposals that can start a debate, encourage audience involvement and a lively dialogue with all participants.

The conference theme is divided in four subthemes:
Theme 1- Addressing local and global contexts in research and education
Theme 2- People, concepts, and methods crossing borders
Theme 3- Methodologies of interdisciplinary education and research
Theme 4- Adjusting interdisciplinarity towards future challenges

For more specific info on the subthemes please go to the webpage 

Co- developing Special Sessions

To be able to have different viewpoints from across the globe at the conference we are reaching out to you to co-develop special sessions on themes like 'Unheard Voices: Integrating the arts in research on global topics' or 'Teaching Interdisciplinary Research'. To realize this we need your input with best practices, research examples, suggestions for panel members or innovative education methods. Click on the below videos of Prof. Valentina Mazzucato and Prof. Iris van der Tuin, to see what they are looking for and submit your suggestion or project by emailing to

This next edition from 24-26 October 2019, will be a great opportunity to share your experiences with interdisciplinary academics from all over the world, all bringing their own backgrounds and expertise.

For more info on the AIS 2019 Conference go to