On May 31st, The Centre of Transdisciplinary Development Studies (CETRAD) at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), organized a workshop on the implementation of transdisciplinary approaches to rural development. Several Ph.D. students, postdocs and university professors from different backgrounds participated in a discussion.
Lívia Madureira, Professor at UTAD and Director of CETRAD, opened a discussion with questions about transdisciplinary approaches and their role in tackling societal problems. Following the discussion, CETRAD՛s postdoc Tigran Keryan had a presentation on the role of transdisciplinary research and education in sustainable rural development. Afterward, Dr. Helena Guimarães, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Évora, presented transdisciplinarity in practice from a researcher and research perspective, sharing her own experience as a scientist and presenting the implemented projects by her research center. The workshop continued with the presentation of CETRAD՛s Ph.D. student Taiana Homobono on the research methods for interviewing different stakeholders as well as the transcription and analysis of the recorded data. The session closed with a question and answer session moderated by Professor Madureira.