Transdisciplinary approaches in transitioning to an integral ecology: An interdisciplinary conversation to explore new ways of collaborating

Transdisciplinary approaches in transitioning to an integral ecology: An interdisciplinary conversation to explore new ways of collaborating

Recognizing the transdisciplinary challenges in the transition to an integral ecology mindset and the need for different academic contributions to contribute to the complex of concerns, the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, the University of Passau, the Federation of German Scientists (VDW), the Laudato Si’ Observatory, and other partners organized a three-day international conference titled Transitioning to Integral Ecology? Transdisciplinary Approaches for the Grounding and Implementation of a Holistic Worldview to be held in Rome, Italy and online from 6 to 8 June 2022.

The organizers recognize that similar calls globally towards holism are already in process in other fields such as the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals in the UN, the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change through the UNFCCC, or the Club of Rome’s proposal of a New Enlightenment.

The three-day international conference is the product of a dialogue process during Covid and included many online mini-conferences. More than 40 speakers are gathered from different disciplines to share their inputs and presentations through panel discussions and other interactive means in exploring particular dimensions of integral ecology: the natural-scientific, the socioeconomic and cultural, and the philosophical and theological.

In the brief presentation video of the international conference, Professor Gerard Whelan SJ, Director of the Department of Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University shares that “the challenge that integral ecology involves is that of interdisciplinary conversation.. Every discipline is a contribution to something larger than itself and that it has limits to where its competence lies, so the conference we have developed is as much interested in its method as in the content of what we produce.”

Participation is free, in person and online. For more information on the conference, please go to the conference webpage while the speakers and their profiles can be viewed here. The conference is livestreamed on YouTube through this link.

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