See you in Durban: Towards an Inventory of Good Practices for Transdisciplinary Collaboration


In Manizales, Mauricio Meija, Andres Roldan and I chaired a panel and workshop on training methods for transdisciplinary collaboration. I attach the current draft for comment. During the panel I was accused of being a ‘positivist’ for implying that there might be a ‘best’ practice – this was a mistake as clearly there are a variety of good practices that are being developed, yet to be tested which are more productive ! As I have been saying inter/trans disciplinarity is not ‘a discipline’ but a variety of approaches that need to be tailored the work being done.

In any case, we decided that the project was interesting enough to continue for the coming year and meet again at ISEA 2018 in Durban South Africa. Our next steps are:


a) we have set up a google group where you can join by sharing your own documentation on good practices for transdisciplinary collaboration. Send me an email at with an indication of your areas of expertise. We have about 20 people right now.

b) we will publish/share on the google group both the annotated bibliography that the group is compiling of good practices they have employed, and also a critical review of these. If you would like to contribute to the inventory of good practices- contact me to join the google group.

c) We will organise a new panel and workshop in Durban to try and consolidate the discussions and make available the results.
See you in Durban !
Here is the current version of the papaer


Towards an Inventory of Best Practices
for Transdisciplinary Collaboration

  1. Mauricio Mejíaa, Roger Malinab, Andrés F. Roldánc

a Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia.

b University of Texas, Dallas, USA.

c Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia.





Transdisciplinary, as opposed to inter or multidisciplinary, practices are increasing in many areas in industry, government, academia and civil society. The benefits of such collaboration have been proven in traditional practice areas such as health, engineering, or business. However, in wide collaborations, such as the emerging “STEM to STEAM” movement, collaboration bridges diverse fields such as art and design, humanities, science, technology, and medicine. Institutional contexts bridge those of self-employed practitioners, to profit and nonprofit sectors both in civil society and government; training practices are less clear and specific difficulties can be anticipated. In this paper, we review some best practices and didactics for teamwork collecting relevant sources from different fields. Our conclusion is that it is possible, and necessary, to train individuals and teams for transdisciplinary collaboration. Depending on the field of application some approaches are shared, but also different approaches will be required. The authors recommend new research and development adapted to particular transdisciplinary fields such as STEM to STEAM.


Best practices, transdisciplinary collaboration, art and science


According to Buchanan (2001), for three centuries since Renaissance, academic disciplines focused on incremental theory development and specialization. In the last century, researchers and practitioners from different fields have reached a level of expertise limited to silos with difficulties to collaborate in inter and multidisciplinary challenges. The rise of complex sociotechnical systems has stimulated multiple initiatives to promote inter, multi and now transdisciplinary collaboration even in traditionally opposed areas such as art and science. The ability of individuals and institutions to integrate diverse knowledge and cultures of practice is asserted as a necessary asset, and value.  We insist however that ‘integration’ does not imply “unification”.

There is an extensive literature that addresses the differences between multi, inter and transdisciplinary practices; see for instance the work of Allen Repko and Rick Szostak (2017) or Julie Klein (1991). The focus on transdisciplinary projects, particularly in the context of problem solving in societal and community projects, is a more recent development. In 1998, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Division of Philosophy and Ethics published Transdisciplinarity: Stimulating Synergies, Integrating Knowledge. The report includes a useful bibliography which this project seeks to update.

Transdisciplinary collaboration has benefits in allowing the multiplicity of perspectives for the approach of problems. In its practice knowledge management among different fields is motivated by the promise of collective potential. Also, participation of different professions facilitates the recognition of other knowledge and the strengthening of networks of collaborative work as well as the transfer and translation between communities. In this exploratory collection of best practices the authors reviewed selected literature from health, business, research, and design. Although there are extensive recommendations for collaboration, we selected some of the most relevant for non-traditional or novel transdisciplinary collaborations. For example, we are particularly interested in collaborations between artists and scientists or humanities and engineering professionals.

There is a large and growing literature on collaboration methodologies. These include from those used, for instance, in business strategic alliances, where the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals ( allows the sharing of best practices and training. In the field of space activities, NASA for over 60 years has developed detailed methodologies. NASA’s Academy of Program and Project Leadership provides ongoing improvements in management techniques for their sector. Their ‘Collaboration on Collaboration’ ( has also inventoried specific collaboration best practices. Initiated in translational medicine, the Science of Team Science initiative has developed specific toolkits to improve collaboration ( (Stokol et al. 2006). In the military there is a very large collaboration training literature; for instance the 2017 annual ITEC conference focuses on innovation through collaboration ( ). In the field of design, there are several tools and methods that can support stakeholders collaboration in design projects. A major firm, IDEO, through its non-profit, published a website called Design Kit ( to disseminate methods of design thinking, which is both a designerly and transdisciplinary approach. Similarly, scholars at Politecnico di Milano have developed a repository of design methods (

In the transdisciplinary fields that bridge the arts and humanities to science and engineering there is only relatively recent literature and little consolidated best practices. In 2012 Joost Heinsius and Kai Lehikoinen aggregated a number of texts for “Training Artists for Innovation: Competencies for new contexts” ( They issued a number of policy recommendations primarily focused on including artists as integral to innovation funding programs, and highlighting the specific issues of self-employed artists collaborating with professionals in institutional contexts. When such projects bridge addressing societal issues, particular challenges are encountered. Specific initiatives include those led by anthropologist James Leach through the Cross Cultural Parternship ( have developed, and tested, specific cross disciplinary collaboration templates ( The work, grounded in cross-cultural research across asian and european cultures provides new insights and strategies.

Particular problems arise from very different cultures and history of collaboration; within some of the arts and humanities, individual practice and creative authorship dominate, and collaborative practices are relatively recent. The variety of approaches of how intellectual property are addressed is complicated by the more recent moves towards open science and software movements. The 2001 Collaborative Ownership and the Digital Economy Conference ( led to the 2005 book by Rishab Ghosh with the same name (Ghosh, Ed. 2005). One of the authors of this paper (RFM), is involved in the SEAD network that published in 2015 a report,  funded by the US National Science Foundation, entitled “Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation: Enabling New Forms of Collaboration among Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design” ( This report called for particular attention to improving transdisciplinary collaboration processes both between individuals and between institutions. The different disciplinary and institutional cultures pose particularly hard problems that require attention. The recent international ‘STEM to STEAM’ movement seeks to develop initiatives that integrate the arts/design/humanities with science/technology/medicine. In the education area, the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine have currently under way a study to address the challenges and proposed approaches (, In Europe the EU STARTS initiative ( ) asserts that  “the arts are gaining prominence as catalysts for an efficient conversion of science and technology knowledge into novel products, services, and processes” and funding mechanisms are in place.

Towards an Inventory of best practices

The panel and workshop held at ISEA2017 in Manizales are one step to continue to focus attention on these problems. Here we develop some initial areas for discussion and development.

Identify values and set up the environment for teamwork

In projects where practitioners share an overall disciplinary culture (e.g. military, health care) in general values and success criteria are fairly easy to develop. However, in transdisciplinary projects that cross different ‘ways of knowing’, conflicts can arise when the individual values are not made explicit or overt. For instance, the ‘truth’ status of results derived from the scientific and engineering fields may not be viewed in the same way by practitioners in the arts or humanities which emphasize individual reception within a specific cultural context. The US National Science Foundation funded Toolbox toolkit provides one approach for making implicit values explicit ( and in particular seeks to make clear individual participants views on the practice and values of others. They state “The Initiative provides a philosophical yet practical enhancement to cross-disciplinary, collaborative science. This enhancement comes primarily in the form of a dialogue-based “Toolbox workshop”, and it is intended for interdisciplinary and inter-professional teams of collaborators. Rooted in philosophical analysis, Toolbox workshops enable cross-disciplinary collaborators to engage in a structured dialogue about their research assumptions. This yields both self-awareness and mutual understanding, supplying cross-disciplinary research collaborators with the robust foundation needed for effective collaborative research and practice”.

Setting personal and group goals for interdisciplinary collaborative work facilitates the recognition of the capabilities of team members and confronts participants to identify the importance of their input and the type of participation they wish to have. Likewise, it outlines the participation of the collaborators according to levels of expertise, preference for some subject or interest in strengthening certain capacities to the extent that they commit to work in a specific area.

The investment of time and effort at the initiation of transdisciplinary collaborations is significant, more significant than in inter or multidisciplinary ones. There is often resistance by individuals to develop clear understandings of differences in values and specific goals. Early discussions on intellectual property approaches can be disruptive, but must be addressed. Often in transdisciplinary collaborations there are intentionally multiple forms of outputs (e.g. discoveries for scientists, technical solutions for engineers, impactful artworks for artists, etc.) and often there are not shared criteria for success.

In health fields, there is wide study of collaboration among diverse care providers. Salas and Rosen (2013) reported the evidence about training for collaboration in this area and one of the best practice they suggested is that leadership support is the key driver of effective teamwork because organizational culture and priorities affect how staff collaborate. In less hierarchical institutions different from health, a commitment technique should be defined.

At the beginning of a transdisciplinary collaboration, it is important to be convinced, through analysis, that only transdisciplinary rather than inter or multidisciplinary ones.

Train individuals to learn collaboration skills.

There is an extensive research in health fields to train care providers from different specialties to work together in common goals. Salas and Rosen (2013) synthesized the progress in this research area and explained that learning teamwork may be easy and engaging; however, practice and guided practice are the best didactics to apply knowledge in actual collaborations. They also pointed out that feedback (causes of effective or ineffective performance) help team members to improve their collaboration. In areas beyond health, collaborations may not occur with previous training programs protocols or requirements. Therefore, guided practice and feedback may need that one of the individuals is skilled and assumes the role of guide and provides feedback.

A promising training technique for collaboration applied mainly in health and aviations is the use of high fidelity simulations. But Beaubien and Baker (2004) criticized its efficacy has been because of the lack of evidence. They recommend a careful planning of the training to tailor specific needs, goals, and evaluation. In transdisciplinary collaborations, this technique would be particularly helpful when there are clear goals with determined outcomes. In more creative tasks with undetermined outcomes, simulation training may limit creativity in post-training performance.

Assign roles to each individual in the group.

Sunstein and Hastie (2014) contended that behavioral economics can explain the pitfalls of group performance because cognitive biases influence behavior of individuals in the groups. For example, people underestimate the time needed in a project (planning fallacy) or stick with endeavors that are unlikely to succeed (sunk-cost fallacy). These authors suggest that assigning roles gives member the confidence and responsibility to share information that otherwise would be hidden by the avoidance of social rejection. The advantage of transdisciplinary collaboration is that the collaborators know that others have different skillsets and worldviews. However, to enhance collaboration, roles should be clarified or constantly revised in the process. Sunstein and Hastie also suggested two similar strategies regarding role assignment. First, they recommend appointing a devil’s advocate, which frees an individual from the social pressure of accepting a dominant group position. Second, they recommend establishing contrarian teams, which is a variation in which part of the group has the mission of identifying weaknesses of the decisions or outcomes.

Leading the team from disciplinary diversity and integration.

Leadership in transdisciplinary collaboration is a task that can be performed by a participant, but it may also be desired by multiple individuals in various leadership roles. Gray (2008) suggests three approaches to types of cross-disciplinary leadership: (a) cognitive Leadership to motivate participants to move beyond their disciplinary knowledges, to break schemas of thinking, and to propose expanding their limits of knowledge; (b) structural leadership that adds value to the extent that it facilitates the creation of relational bridges between participants less interaction, and (c) procedural leadership that gives participants confidence and converts conflicts into constructive interactions. Gray recommended that leadership should be a shared process in dispersed work networks, which allows the search of the objectives of the work team to leverage from different actors.

Influence collaborators to exploit their full potential

Another application of behavioral insights to improve teamwork is setting up rules that allow the group to overcome biases and fallacies. Sunstein and Hastie (2014) recommend three actions. First, they recommended to silence the leader, which would avoid discouraging the members to oppose authority. They made the case of underserved populations, but in transdisciplinary collaborations some disciplines could be dominant and could be “silenced” to encourage contributions of members of less dominant or non-traditional disciplines depending on the problem being tackled. Second, Sunstein and Hastie recommended priming critical thinking, which consists of specifically asking people to disclose all possible information and ideas. We believe that this action would individuals from uncommon disciplines would feel confidence to contribute. These authors also recommended rewarding group success – not individual success. This will encourage individuals to share knowledge that can potentially benefit the group performance.

Alternate group and individual work to enhance ideation. 

Perhaps the most widespread technique in the general public to generate ideas in groups is brainstorming. However, as Paulus and colleagues (2015) note, this technique has proven to reduce efficiency and efficacy of idea generation. They report exploratory studies that point out to alternation of group and individual work to better ideation processes. This technique is known as brainwriting because whereas individuals work alone, they register their ideas before sharing them in a group.

Use the tools and techniques according to possibilities of collaboration.

The proper use of collaboration tools and techniques influence the effectiveness of teamwork and facilitate distributed asynchronous collaboration (i.e. at different times and places). Sanders and colleagues (2010), in some case studies about collaboration in design fields, noted that some tools for collaboration should be used according to the possibilities offered by the meeting, purpose of collaboration, composition and size of the group, and type of meet (face-to-face or virtual context). Likewise, Koutsabasis and colleagues (2012) identified the potential of human-based interaction technology tools by tracking multidisciplinary collaborative projects in a virtual world-type immersion environment. Their contributions highlight registration as a support for collaborative practices, the collaboration scenario and level of commitment and concentration that digital tools facilitate for distance collaboration. There is a proliferation of software tools to enable and support collaboration in general. It is unlikely that unified generally accepted tools will be developed. As emphasized by Leach ( 0 ), it is important at the initiation of transdisciplinary collaborations to make visible the use of different tools and identifying necessary integrating ones.

Structure decision making based on collective cognition and evidence 

Decision making is one of the major challenges in teamwork. All the previous best practices can support this activity. The Delphi method is widely known methods for rational decision making incorporating both individual and group wisdom. This collective and social cognitive process is powerful to counter cognitive biases of individuals. (Sunstein & Hastie, 2014). The use of evidence for decisions also helps collaborators to focus on the benefits of the project. In codesign, evidence has shown to reduce controversy and facilitate consensus (De La Cruz & Mejía, 2017).

Heterogeneity and its discontents

A number of studies of collaborations address both the positive and negative and challenging aspects of group heterogeneity. Heterogeneity in this context includes aspects the mix of gender, age, abilities, ethnicity and culture, location (Cummings et al 2013). In general for small groups (< 30) studies often indicate that more heterogeneous groups are more innovative; however, as noted by Cummings et al, as group size, locations, institutional contexts increase heterogeneity can be counter productive. As emphasised by the Science of Team Science toolkits referred above, it is important to understand ahead of time the impact of heterogeneity/or lack of it, both on collaboration productivity but also on the needed training techniques.


This paper is developed in the context of the panel and workshop convened at ISEA2017, organized by the authors of this paper. The panel titled “Training Methods for Transdisciplinary Collaboration: Best Practices and Didactics for Teamwork,” a number of practitioners were invited to present their own methods and a report will be issued. This project in itself is a transdisciplinary collaboration. We will identify the lessons learned.

Collaborative work appears as a need for successful transdisciplinary efforts and communal professional activity among individuals with different expertise; collaboration is asserted as a value in itself because of its social consequences. Collaboration frames activities in a scenario of mutual benefits, where each participant contributes with her work to personal and group goals. Collaboration is expected to augment individuality because participants’ peculiarities, strengths, knowledge, and skills may articulate and negotiate to achieve an integrated outcome, which could be more successful and constructive.

However, individuals have limited abilities to exploit the personal and collective benefits of collaboration. Formal or informal training methods need to be refined and tested to enhance transdisciplinary work. We are looking for multiple perspectives of training methods, because transdisciplinary work is not a homogenous culture of practice. We are also interested in inspiration from metaphors from the natural environment. A key issue in transdisciplinary is understanding, and making explicit, the metaphors and terminology used in each discipline; we seek to clarify and make visible the metaphors and language shared in transdisciplinary practice. In nature, some animals and plants master interspecies communal living in some biological relationships and collaborative work. In mutualism, for instance, individuals from different species live together and benefit from a relationship based on strategic alliances. There could be much to learn from the mutualism as a metaphor in human transdisciplinary collaboration, including training methods, while recognizing the limits of translating from one field of application to another.

As emphasized by a number of authors there is a need to test training methods to develop evidence of effective approaches, while recognizing the singularity of individual projects and the heterogeneity of specific project groups. Some projects are more focused on innovation as such, others on societal or cultural change. Anne Balsamo in her book Designing Culture: The technological imagination at work (Balsamo 2011) emphasizes that individual innovation and transdisciplinary projects are embedded in a larger project of changing culture towards a sustainable society that promotes human well being and sustainable societies; often projects are ‘sub-optimal’ in that the solution of a specific problem may cause unanticipated problems at the societal or cultural level. Such consequences can be studied using future casting or science fiction prototyping methods (e.g. Johnson, 2011), though the success of these techniques has not been convincingly been demonstrated.

For this project we re-emphasize that in “integrating framework’ does not mean “unifying” frameworks; there is a literature on the problem of integration vs unifying approaches such as the work of Edward Slingerland and colleagues (Slingerland e; and Collard, M. 2011). A basic assertion is that transdisciplinary approaches bridge different ways of knowing and doing, and there is specific value of multiple approaches. Depending on the field of application, or problem context,  some approaches are shared, but also different approaches will be required but that the results could not have been achieved with other means.

This paper is presented as a working paper for the ISEA 2017 Panel and Workshop ( ) with the intent of producing a synthesis report as an outcome.


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Authors Biographies

  1. Mauricio Mejía is an associate professor at the Department of Design, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, at the University of Caldas, Colombia. He is currently the program director of the PhD in Design and Creation. He received his PhD in Design from the University of Minnesota. His research work focuses on interaction design, behavior change, codesign, and strategic design.


Roger Malina is …


Andrés Roldán is…


Synesthesia for breakfast in Manizales Colombia Leonardo 5oth birthday at ISEA



This morning we had breakfast in Manizales Colombia where we have come for the first of a series of Leonardo 50th anniversary birthday parties that have gone viral (this one hosted by ISEA,  next one in Rio at PUC RIO, then Bologna then…!!!) Manizales is in an area of incredible biodiversity that was mapped by Francisco Jose de Caldas (  ) in the 18th century. Felipe Londono, Rector of the University of Caldas that is hosting ISEA, has launched the Caldas expedition of the 21st century that will remap Colombia using the combination of the best local knowledge and big data. ( )  .

At the bottom of this blog post is a photograph that i took at breakfast from the place we are staying with a group of Leonardo and family friends. My senses were awake. Manizales is in a complex topological landscape of hills and rivers, The city in mixed with green areas that are remarkably biodiverse. Walking in Manizales features all our tactile senses, hightening our awareness of our contact with the ground and the variety of textures. The air is rich in smells from all the different flora and fauna ( yes i stepped on a dead frog and my nose was ecstatic).And yes bread is bread but so different in taste. And this morning in the city i was awoken by the sound of cars, yes, but birds, and grunts of animals.


I wish I was a synesthete ! But as I remember my breakfast, my memory is multisensory and intense with all senses almost equivalent rather than dominated by the visual as it is in my work in european and north american cities where I have lived.


Coincidentally colleague Carol Steen sent me this announcement for the upcoming synesthesia conference :

Dear Roger,

I thought you might like to know that the American Synesthesia
Association, Inc.’s 12th Conference will be held at Harvard on October
6 – 8, 2017.  We just posted the Call for Papers on the ASA’s website.
Abstract submission deadline is July 7, 2017.

Warm regards,
Carol Steen

Here is the picture i took at breakfast- i wish i could attach the feel and smells


And here is a similar rich ecosystem landscape in Medellin






Art Science Residencies call- Changing the Human-Nature relationship in Marseille region


Here is a reminder for the art science residencies called in the region of Marseille, France

to address environmental and climate chante in the region. I will be serving on the jury. The goal is to have among the 8 artists selected an international distribution with artists involved in natural parks in urban areas ( Capetown, Rio, Tokyo..) and others with establish art and environment practices from other countries as well as france.

deadline is June 22

roger malina


Current changes in the environment are provoking questions about ourselves and the HumanNature relationships more and more often.

DEADLINE The call for applications is open from April 17th to June 22nd, 2017 (midnight – Paris Time). APPLICATIONS Applications can be in English or French. Candidates should submit their applications online ONLY: Applications must include: • Online application form • Project description OR area of inquiry (1 200 – 2 000 words) • Resume(s) for the artist(s) • Presentation of previous works . Accompanied by researchers, officers and users of the park, selected artists will be invited to re-invent links between nature and inhabitants of the Marseille metropolitan area in the setting of the Calanques National Park

DURATION OF THE RESIDENCY The residency will take place from January 10th to February 14th, 2018. STIPEND An overall one-time stipend of 2 000 EUR will be granted to each selected project to cover expenditure associated with the residency (including food and daily expenses). Funding for basic transportation to and from Cassis is available. In the case of air travel, basic coach class booked far in advance is covered. ACCOMODATION free Accommodation is an individual furnished apartment with bathroom and kitchen at Camargo

DEADLINE The call for applications is open from April 17th to June 22nd, 2017 (midnight – Paris Time). APPLICATIONS Applications can be in English or French. Candidates should submit their applications online ONLY:

Applications must include: • Online application form • Project description OR area of inquiry (1 200 – 2 000 words) • Resume(s) for the artist(s) • Presentation of previous works



Residency for 8 international artists or collectives to work on the links Human-Nature in the specific context of the Calanques National Park, peri-urban national park. Program in partnership with the Calanques National Park and the researchers of the Pytheas Institute based on a text written by Gilles Clément, gardener, landscape architect and writer.
Applications from artists who have worked in other peri-urban national parks such as Cape Town, Mumbai, Nairobi, Rio, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo are encouraged.
Deadline: June 22 2017 / Residency from January 10 to February 14, 2018

For more information

What is Leonardo Electronic Almanace former EIC doing in KHOROG , TAJIKISTAN

Colleagues: look what Nisar Keshvani  is doing in:


Nisar worked as a journalist and editor-in-chief in print, online and television journalism since 1993 and is an award-winning film maker. Keshvani served as Editor-in-chief of the peer reviewed on-line academic journal Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press)….but now he is helping found the University of Central Asia new campus in KHOROG , TAJIKISTAN :

University of Central Asia – One University, Three Campuses

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University; ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations.

Here is his new role:

Director, Communications & Marketing
University Of Central Asia

See below for more details

More about Nisar:

Singaporean Nisar Keshvani first came to the University of Central Asia (UCA) in 2010 and founded its Communications Department in 2011. In 2015, his portfolio expanded to include University marketing. He brings 20 years of experience across five continents in academia, corporate communications and multimedia journalism to UCA. Keshvani brings a unique combination of practical experience in journalism, marketing and public relations with strategic intellectual engagement in academia and public service. Most of his career has involved implementing entrepreneurial initiatives, including start-up communications divisions, innovative media projects and new academic programmes and curricula. He has 15 years of experience teaching, conducting research and developing curricula in communications. He lectured at Republic Polytechnic’s Centre for Enterprise and Communication, Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Film and Media School, Queensland University of Technology’s School of Media and Journalism and Murdoch University’s Journalism programme. He has worked as a journalist and editor-in-chief in print, online and television journalism since 1993 and is an award-winning film maker. Keshvani served as Editor-in-chief of the peer reviewed on-line academic journal Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press). He also worked in corporate communications for Chevron, the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Film Festival. As a consultant with the Aga Khan Foundation (Geneva), Keshvani developed the and websites. In 2007, he served on a five-member global consulting team which conceptualised and developed He has served on various boards including the fineArt forum, Multimedia Art Asia Pacific Festival and the UNESCO “Digi-Arts” project and has published extensively and presented at international conferences on new media technologies, newsroom trends, education, art, and science and technology.

And here more details:

University of Central Asia – One University, Three Campuses

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University; ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of UCA and His Highness is the Chancellor.

“By creating intellectual space and resources, the University will bring the power of education and human ingenuity to the economic and social challenges of mountain societies in Central Asia and elsewhere.”His Highness the Aga Khan
Foundation Stone Ceremony for the UCA (Khorog, Tajikistan – 6 July 2004)

UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the broader Aga Khan Development Network, offering an internationally recognised standard of higher education in Central Asia. UCA’s conceptualisation and inception as a regional university is derived from recommendations set forth by the Commission on the Establishment of an International Institution of Higher Education, a panel comprised of distinguished international and regional members who met extensively from 1995 to 1998.

UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while at the same time helping the different peoples of the region to preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future. UCA seeks to contribute leadership, ideas, and innovations to the transitioning economies and communities of the region through modern educational and vigorous research programmes that produce knowledgeable, skilled and creative graduates.

UCA consists of the School of Professional and Continuing Education (the first operational division of the University); and the School of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate), and the Graduate School of Development that will be launched when the three campuses are built in Khorog, Naryn, and Tekeli. The University provides three additional initiatives to build teaching and scholarly capacity in the region through its Central Asian Faculty Development Programme, the Aga Khan Humanities Project, and Research Programme.

Education for a New Generation

The Founders of UCA launched an ambitious and complex project responding to the need for new models of higher education institutions that strengthen Central Asian scholarship and attract international, regional, and local resources to enable the people of Central Asia to address their own economic and cultural challenges. UCA graduates will be empowered to contribute skills and leadership, as well as generate income and create jobs to enhance the participation of their communities in a global society. A core mandate of the University is to support Central Asians to enhance their roles as custodians of their environment and cultures to preserve and benefit from them.

The development of an international institution of higher learning – with an innovative curriculum to be taught in English and purpose built residential campuses in remote and mountainous locations – requires exceptional investments in planning, design, and implementation, as well as immense cooperation from all interested parties. Since its inception, UCA has made steady and important progress. With the generous support of His Highness the Aga Khan, the University has invested significant resources in all aspects of development including: securing land, developing a facilities plan, selection of architects and planners, designing campus buildings, conducting site investigations and site preparation works, and developing academic degree programmes. The School of Professional and Continuing Education, the Aga Khan Humanities Project, and the Research Programme are operational and contributing to the expanding learning opportunities in the region. In addition, UCA is proactively building its human resource and financial capacity to ensure that its contribution to social and economic growth in Central Asia can be sustained for generations to come.


UCA is an international endeavour built on partnerships that promote the exchange of information and resources, the creation of opportunities, and the promotion of excellence in higher education within and beyond Central Asia. Our partnerships cross political borders and sectors. Generous financial support from the region’s governments, the international donor community, philanthropists, and His Highness the Aga Khan and have enabled the University to undertake this most unique aim.

The following institutional partners contributed financially or materially to UCA’s programmes and curriculum. Many more contributed practically and intellectually to its work. All of these contributions are gratefully acknowledged.

Aga Khan Development Network
Asian Development Bank
Asian Institute of Technology

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Herbert Franke, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to You !!

This week we celebrate the 90th birthday of pioneer Herbert W. Franke!

Since most of Herbert’s friends are not living in Germany, please JOIN US in wishing him a happy birthday on Facebook! COMMENT ON THE POST and we will share your wishes with him. :

Happily, he is in good health and still working creatively.

More about Herbert W. Franke:

Franke is an Austrian scientist and writer. He is also active in the fields of future research, speleology as well as computer graphics and digital art.

Since 1957, he has worked as a freelance author. From 1973 to 1997 he held a lectureship in “Cybernetical Aesthetic” at Munich University (later computer graphics – computer art). In 1979, he co-founded Ars Electronica in Linz/Austria. In 1979 and 1980, he lectured in “introduction to perception psychology” at the Art & Design division of the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences.

In 1998, Franke attended a ACM SIGGRAPHcomputer graphics conference in Orlando and was a juror at the “VideoMath Festival” Berlin. He has published extensively in Leonardo Journal as a reviewer and author, starting with Volume 5 in 1972! At that time Franke was also on the Leonardo Editorial Advisory Board. Most recently, in 2015, he published his editorial “A Contribution to the Leonardo Discussion” in Leonardo Journal Vol 48, and he is also a Leonardo Honorary Editor. The community is grateful for his work.

See the full list of Franke’s Leonardo titles at Project Muse:

LEO50 birthday parties go viral: if you cant make Manizales, try Rio, Bologna,Plymouth

OK OK if you cant make Manizales LEO50 birthday party try these……Rio ?….Bologna…Plymouth….hmm…Durban for sure…San Francisco …..Quebec ?….Bangalore ?

And ….if you cant make our LEO50 party attend our 100th by working together to Beta Test our Leonardo 1ooth Anniversary party:

Global Anniversary Events

Celebration City State/Province Country Start End
Opening Celebration at ISEA 2017 Manizales Caldea Colombia 11 Jun. 2017 11 Jun. 2017
Art, Science and Technology: 50 years of Leonardo Gávea Rio de Janeiro Brazil 22 Jun. 2017 22 Jun. 2017
art*science – The New and History Bologna Italy 3 Jul. 2017 6 Jul. 2017
The Overview: Leonardo 50th Anniversary Celebration Plymouth Devon United Kingdom 22 Aug. 2017 22 Aug. 2017

Yes we are celebrating our Leonardo Journal 50th birthday with parties around the continents for two years ( we had a first in Paris in June 2016)…when you are fifty you can lie a bit about your age….lets start laying the seads for lots of birthday parties in 2067 for our 100th- –instructions on  how to lay a sead ( sci-eng-art-des) for a 100th anniv party on Ganymede , read on instructions follow:

Celebrating the Community for 50 Years

June 2017–December 2018

A half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time: offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo represented a unique vision: to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. The result was Leonardo, an academic journal for artists with the peer-review rigor of a scientific journal. For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics, and the field has gained momentum in recent years.

Today, documenting and capturing the creative innovators and provocateurs of culture is not enough. If media is the messenger, then we must expand our scope to represent the unique works and challenges we face in the 21st century. To fully realize our purpose and place over the next 50 years, we are opening our doors to a year and a half of community feedback to inform our efforts to redesign our programs and mission to meet the needs of our audience. We are reaching out to pioneers, institutions, thought leaders and the curious in an effort to nurture the exploding art/science/technology global community.

As a network of networks, we are reimagining our future with you at the forefront. We invite you to struggle together   on this journey of rediscovery and reinvention. Why? Because the ideas that lead to critical breakthroughs can come from any direction and they don’t taking sides.

Attend our party in Manizales, Colombia to get partying:

ART*SCIENCE: Leonardo 50th Birthday Party in Bologna Italy ! July 3-5

Or help us design our 100th !!


To help us reimagine Leonardo’s next 50 years, join us in Project Delphi where we will be gathering and sharing feedback with the community. To start, we have three questions for you, beginning with the one below.

Project Delphi


ART*SCIENCE: Leonardo 50th Birthday Party in Bologna Italy ! July 3-5


Pier Luigi Capucci announces

art*science 2017 – The New and History
Bologna (Italy), July 3-5 2017

with a YASMIN meeting…and a Leonardo 50th Anniversary Party

“art*science 2017”, July 3 – 5 2017, Bologna (Italy), is an International conference on the relationship between artistic and scientific disciplines, curated by Pier Luigi Capucci and the cultural association La Comunicazione Diffusa. art*science 2017 topic is “Il nuovo e la storia” (The New and History), and will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the journal “Leonardo”, published by MIT Press, the most influential in the international arena on the relationships among arts, sciences and technologies.

“art*science” conference will be attended by scholars, artists, scientists, cultural operators, companies and Italian, European and International institutions engaged in supporting art/science projects.

“art*science” will be also the opportunity for a meeting among the participants to Yasmin, a mailing list on the relationship between art and science in the Mediterranean rim. A discussion on Yasmin will introduce the topics of “art*science 2017” conference.

Preliminary schedule for the conference events:

Day 1, July 3, 2017 – Reception of participants, including a buffet, installations and a show.

Day 2, July 4, 2017 – Leonardo & Yasmin presentations and conference. Presentations of European Institutions and Centers working in art/science. Art/science projects in Europe and Italy.

Day 3, July 5, 2017 – “Art and Complexity” conference. “The two Cultures – Rebuilding the Bridge among Science, Art, Philosophy” conference.

A Yasmin dinner is planned for the second or third evening.

“art*science 2017” main topics are:

1) The idea of “new”. What is really the “new”, what is the meaning of the “new” and “innovation”. It is today a very inflated issue, everything must be “new”, “innovative” to get attention, to be considered, to get money. But are we really sure that “innovation” has the same meaning for a scientist, an artist, a philosopher, a sociologist, a researcher, a banker, a CEO, an athlete…? What does “innovation” implies, what does really mean? How can innovation be recognized, communicated, fostered, sustained and spread?

2) The Countries in the Mediterranean Rim, and more in general all European countries, have a long history and heritage in art and culture, that can be valued through new disciplines, sciences and technologies. “The New and History”, which is the general art*science title, suggests a relationship between two concepts seemingly in opposition, that instead can and must coexist. The “new”, “innovation,” has its foundation in history but it can and must revive its heritage in the future, through arts, scientific disciplines and technologies. This is a key element, from cultural, historical, social and economic viewpoints.

3) There is much current discussion these days of initiatives to integrate the arts/design/humanities into science/engineering/medecine – sometimes called “Stem to Steam” in the USA. This is a very old historical discussion on the need for inter/trans-disciplinary problem driven research. [See Ed Wilson’s 1998 idea of “consilience” (, which was criticised for its reductive and unifying approach, and Slingerland and Collard 2011 book ( which emphasised that integration of ways of knowing does not imply unification].

The topic of the preliminary discussion on Yasmin is:

“Countries in the Mediterranean Rim, and more in general European countries, have a long history and heritage in art and culture, which can be shared and revamped through new disciplines, sciences and technologies. History and cultural heritage must go beyond the status of precious and extraordinary assets just considered in a logic of past preservation. They can be projected into the future fostering the “new”, “innovation,” promoting new projects and agreements, through arts, scientific disciplines and technologies. History and cultural heritage can become key elements from cultural, historical, social as well as economic viewpoints, they can act as observatories of issues which combine past, present and future, fostering new economic and professional areas.”

The discussion will be moderated by Roger Malina, Nina Czegledy and Pier Luigi Capucci. Invited discussants/Respondents are:

Pau Alsina – (Spain)
Pau Alsina, is a Philosopher from Barcelona, Lecturer at the Arts and Humanities Department of the Open University of Catalonia where he coordinates, teaches and does research in the Art and Contemporary Thought area. He also teaches Digital Aesthetics, Media Art History and Art Epistemology at the Master’s degree of Media Art Curatorship, in the ESDI Higher School of Design – Ramon Llull University. Since 2002 is Director of the ARTNODES Journal of Art, Science and Technology, where he coordinated special issues on Arts and Sciences such as Mathematics, Biology or Complexity Sciences. He has authored /coauthored several publications on Art, Science and Technology and Contemporary Philosophy. He is now member of the Board of Trustees of Hangar Foundation, a Barcelona center for artistic production and research. He has also co-curated exhibitions such as “Cultures of Change: social atoms and electronic lives” (2009-2010) at Arts Santa Monica Center, or co-chaired Symposia like “Synergy: encounters between Art, Sciences and Thought” (2011), International Conferences such as Art Matters (2014) Interface Politics (2016) or Art and Speculative Futures (2016). With a strong interdisciplinary background he has been doing research in four areas which he tends to blend: 1) Software Studies and Bioart. 2) Media Archaeology 3) New Materialist Philosophies. 4) Science and Technology Studies applied to the study of Art and Design. @paualsina

Elif Ayiter – (Turkey)
Elif Ayiter is a designer, educator and researcher whose creative interests are based in three dimensional online virtual worlds and their avatars, as well as in developing and implementing hybrid educational methodologies between art & design and computer science. She teaches full time at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Her texts have been published at academic journals such as the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, the Journal of Consciousness Studies, the Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies, and Technoetic Arts, and she has authored many book chapters in edited academic books. She has presented creative as well as research output at conferences such as Consciousness Reframed, Siggraph, Creativity and Cognition, SPIE, Computational Aesthetics and Cyberworlds.

Wafa Bourkhis – (Tunisia)
Wafa Bourkhis is a Tunisian multidisciplinary artist (painting, engraving, digital art, video art), she has exhibited her artworks in many cultural events and spaces. She has collaborated with many international artists, like Fred Forest, Mark Skwarek, Patrick Lichty, etc. She has achieved her PhD in 2013, entitled “Les territoires numériques comme espaces de création artistique”, to have her title as Doctor in sciences and techniques of arts at Universities of Tunis and Artois (France). She is working as Assistant professor in fine arts at the High institute of Multimedia arts at Mannouba University.

Roberta Buiani – (Italy)
Roberta Buiani is an interdisciplinary artist, media scholar and curator based in Toronto. She is the co-founder of the ArtSci Salon at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Toronto) and a co-organizer of LASER Toronto. Her work explores how scientific and technological mechanisms translate, encode and transform the natural and human world, and how these processes may be re-purposed by relocating them into different venues. Her work is mobile, itinerant and collaborative. She brought it to art festivals (Transmediale 2011, Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, Brazil 2013), community centers (the Free Gallery Toronto, Immigrant Movement International, Queens), science institutions (RPI) and the streets of Toronto. Recently, with The Cabinet Project she proposed an experiment in “squatting academia”, by populating abandoned spaces with SciArt installations. She holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from York University (CAN). For more information and to read her publications go to

Giorgio Cipolletta – (Italy)
Giorgio Cipolletta is a transdisciplinary artist and media-theorist. In 2012 he earned a PhD in Information and Communication Theory. At the time he is adjunct professor of Visual Art and Technology at University of Macerata. He is member of the media editorial staff of Noema / Mediaversi / Rivista di Scienze sociali. He works as a layout freelancer for the University Press of Macerata (eum). He participated to National and International conferences and in 2016 he was research-chef for the LaCura Summer School. He has published in academic journals (Flusser Studies, Heteroglossia) and his first book is “Metrobodily passages. For an aesthetics of transition”, eum, Macerata 2014. He won International poem prizes. He participated also in National exhibitions with multimedia installations and performances (Corpus 2012, Chaos 2013, BodyQuake 2017). In 2014 he was a fonding partner and vicepresident of Crash (Creative Art Shocking).

Salvatore Iaconesi – (Italy)
Salvatore Iaconesi is an interaction designer, robotics engineer, artist, hacker. TED Fellow 2012, Eisenhower Fellow since 2013 and Yale World Fellow 2014. He teaches Near Future Design and Multi Platform Digital Design at ISIA Design Florence and, in the past, at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, at the Rome University of Fine Arts and at the IED Design institute. Salvatore has founded AOS in 2004, is President at HER (previously HE), and co-founder at Nefula. His focus is at the intersection of Arts, Design, Technologies, Sciences and Business. He creates projects that are at the same time artworks, scientific research and business models, addressing fundamental issues in culture, inclusion, human rights, economy and access to knowledge and education.

Katerina Karoussos – (Greece)
Katerina Karoussos is an intermedia artist. From 2012-2016 she was the Director of I-Node of the Planetary Collegium, the Greek node for doctoral and postdoctoral studies (School of Arts and Media) of University of Plymouth. From 2004 until 2015 he worked as a freelancer in the Greek Academy of Fine Arts in Athens at the Byzantine Art Studio. She holds a PhD from Plymouth University and a Master from Middlesex University. Karoussos has participated in many international conferences (ISEA, Aber, Dimea, Consciousness Reframed Series etc). She has published in many academic journals (Metaverse Creativity, Technoetic Arts etc.). Apart from her artwork as a mural painter in Orthodox churches, she has participated in many international exhibitions (Athens, Japan, New York, Frankfurt, Montenegro, Cuba, etc.). Recently Karoussos has founded ‘The Karoussos Archives’, the premier center for the study of Theōria and Karoussos Chapel, where she works as a moistmedia fresco painter.

Živa Ljubec – (Slovenia)
Živa Ljubec is a transdisciplinary researcher, trespassing disciplinary boundaries, avoiding the differentiation of researchers into artists and scientists, and attempting to mutate into a polyphibian – a “continuously newborn species with acute multisided awareness.” Her work expands beyond disciplinary research into polyphibionics – the “non-discipline” that derives solutions from the non-representable and non-preservable living knowledge. Živa studied architecture and mathematics at the University of Ljubljana. She was awarded the PhD degree by the University of Plymouth for evolving transdisciplinarity into an imaginary organism of living knowledge. In addition to actively spreading her ideas through art interventions, exhibitions and conferences worldwide, Živa was formerly a lecturer at AVA – Academy of Visual Arts in Ljubljana, where she developed a course on Transmedia / Media Theory. Being invited by her mentor Roy Ascott to lecture at his Technoetic Art Studio based at SIVA – Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Živa became the Coordinator of the Advanced Degree Course in Technoetic Arts as well as Director of Studies in the Detao Node of doctoral and post-doc programme Planetary Collegium, based at Plymouth University. The experience in the midst of the fastest developing regions of Far East provided Živa an opportunity to rethink the paradigms of Eastern and Western, ancient and modern connections between art and technology, thus informing her current projects.

Oriana Persico – (Italy)
Oriana Persico holds a degree in Communication Sciences, is an expert in participatory policies and digital inclusion. She is an artist and writer. She has worked together with national governments and the European Union to the creation of best practices, standards and researches in the areas of digital rights, social and technological innovation, Digital Business Ecosystems (DBE), practices for participation and knowledge sharing. Oriana writes critical, scientific, philosophical and poetical texts that connects to technological innovation, and on its cultural, sociological, economic and political impacts. She is an expert on the formal analysis of cultural and social trends, with specific focus on social networks. She creates breakthrough communication campaigns, performances, research methodologies and strategies.

Pier Luigi Capucci
via Rovigo, 8
48016 Milano Marittima (RA)
Tel.: +39 (0) 544 976156
Mobile: +39 348 3889844
skype: plcapucci

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ARTECA !!! Experimental Publishing at the Intersection of Science, Art,Technology


We are giving a webinar on ARTECA today


WEBINAR TODAY 2pm EST April 24 2017


Experimental Publishing at the Intersection of Science, Art,Technology R. Malina J. Ippolito, J Rodgers, C.Nazir


It will be published on you tube after

Roger Malina

ATEC watering hole april 21 in dallas texas


if you have friends in dallas please feel free to invite them to

ATEC Watering Hole

April 21,  2 – 4pm


ATC 3.209


Advent GX

Jose Quintana and Marie Marchand

Bryant, Texas

Founded in 2004 as a spin-out from Texas A&M University, Advent GX is a tourism and economic development solutions provider with practices in economic analysis, technology & entrepreneurship, tourism development, and marketing & creative services. Advent GX uses innovation and entrepreneurship to support cultural and heritage development in small and underserved communities. Having served the top two tourism states in the U.S., Advent GX puts proven analytical tools and strategy development practices to work for small and underserved communities and the businesses that bring these places to life. Working with our clients, we focus on developing the assets unique to each community – cultural, heritage, ecological –  to enhance quality of life and spur economic growth.

About Jose Quintana: Currently the President of Advent GX and the visionary behind the Innovation Underground Quintana is a serial entrepreneur and consultant to clients from Disney to Novartis,  and the States of California and Texas. Quintana brings broad expertise, insight and genuine enthusiasm to every new project or idea. Quintana has a computer science degree from Texas A&M University with a minor in Mathematics and Statistics. Quintana brings key technology development, financial engineering and econometric modeling competencies to AdventGX as well as strong strategy deployment and project management expertise. Quintana has also done considerable work in the areas of Data Visualization, Volumetric Analysis, Geomatics, Remote Sensing – Telemetry, Data Acquisition, Strategy & Performance Support Systems, Analytics, Rural Economic Development, and Quality Function Deployment. He is also proud to serve as Advisory Council Member at the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). In 2009, Quintana was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Department at Texas A&M University and served as president of the Texas Chapter -Travel and Tourism Research Association. Quintana currently serves as president of the Central Texas Chapter of the International Systems Security Association.

About Marie Marchand: As the Innovation Underground Manager and SEAD Academy Director at Advent GX Marchand oversees the daily operations of the Innovation Underground, a business and technology incubator and supports entrepreneurs with various services. She also directs the SEAD Academy educational program that encourages innovation and promotes the discovery of new ways to understand and positively impact our communities and our world. Marchand graduated from the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium with a Master’s Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures, option in Languages for Business Communication.



João Silveira


About João Silveira: A pharmacist with experience in toxicology and scientific instrumentation Silveira is currently a Harvard Research Fellow – Faculty of Arts & Sciences and Ph.D. student at Medical Biochemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).   The goal is to investigate how do the interaction processes between art and science occur, and which are the dialogue products of these two fields based on a contemporary investigation of projects in Brazil, France, and the United States. This work has been presented at several events at universities such as Harvard, MIT, Ryerson University and Imperial College London. He is a member of the Sociedad del Rayo – Comité Internacional de Arte, Ciência y Tecnologia (Core founder – Colômbia) and  Art & Science Collaborations (ASCI) and author of the book “Da Ideia ao Aplauso”.  Silveira is also a performer, choreographer, professor and researcher and has experience of over 20 years on tour around the world and 3,000 shows.



Invitation to Yuri’s Night and Greater Earth Day Party Dallas April 22 Saturday 2017


This is to invite you to a Yuri’s Day  and Greater Earth Party  in Dallas on Sat April 22 12-8pm

Yuri’s Night is wed april 13 and celebrates Gagarin’s first human in space flight- we celebrate it late

parties are held all over the planet:

The Greater Earth Day, coined by space artist Arthur Woods :

which helps us rethink the earth and sustainable life on it in the larger context of the solar planetary system, and now the thousands of planets around other stars that are now being studied. Geo-centric and anthropo-centric thinking needs to be reframed !!

We will also be celebrating the presence of a number of visitors and guests to dallas, as well as the graduation of several of the UTDallas students in the UTD ATEC ArtSciLab:

Anyway if you are in dallas, or know anyone in dallas who might like to come, here are the details- contact me at if you think you might drop by !!

Roger Malina

Hope you can come!

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ATEC  ArtSciLab
Greater Earth Day Party!

Saturday, April 22nd
AT 12.PM-8.30 PM

“Landmark on Lovers”
Contact me for details
Dallas, TX 75206


  510 316 9149

Outside the building​

Take elevator to 2nd Fl.(2), turn left

​ out of the elevator​

 and #200 is just on the right side of the corridor.
Call 510 853 2007 or 510 316 9149 if you have problems getting through the front glass door of the entrance.​