Young Scientists Program  /  June 20, 2023, 09:00-17:00

Successful interdisciplinary collaboration

4D Workshop

The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Immune-mediated Diseases CIMD aims to facilitate and simplify education along the 4Ds (Drugs, Diagnostics, Data, Devices) by supporting young scientists. Cooperation between different disciplines is to be encouraged - a prerequisite for the implementation of 4Ds.

The next workshop in the CIMD 4D workshop series, which will take place on the 20th June 2023, will focus on Interdisciplinary Collaboration. 
The 4D workshops are mainly aimed at PhD students, young postdocs and project collaborators of Fraunhofer CIMD.


Content and aims:

The workshop for the promotion of interdisciplinary competence is aimed at all interested persons who work in an interdisciplinary setting and would like to facilitate their interdisciplinary collaboration and reduce frictional losses. It consists of several modules that include theory, application and reflection elements. The workshop helps to reflect on one's own discipline, to better understand the approaches of other disciplines, and shows with the help of practical approaches how difficulties in interdisciplinary collaboration can be avoided.

Module I: Interdisciplinary Mindset 

In theoretical and practical parts, participants learn about typical interdisciplinary challenges, problems and processes and reflect on their previous collaboration. In reflection exercises, participants gain clarity about their own disciplinary perspectives and gain insights into how other disciplines think and proceed.  

Module II: Interdisciplinary Communication

Participants are provided with basic knowledge of communication in an interdisciplinary context and consider difficulties in relation to their own communication. Participants learn practical behaviors for better interdisciplinary communication that they can apply in their work.  

Module III: Interdisciplinary Strategies 

Participants are taught the principles of effective interdisciplinary teamwork. Through practical exercises, they learn strategies and tools to achieve an integrative goal within the team. If desired, individual solutions for challenging situations of the participants can be worked on and recommendations for action can be developed.



Dr. Simone Brandstädter

Research associate in the Department of Work Research and Organizational Design at the Psychological Institute of Heidelberg University.

She conducts research on the demands of the modern workplace, particularly interdisciplinarity, psychological stress in the workplace, and promoting life balance.