Background

“The basic idea of transdisciplinarity is a co-generation of knowledge between researchers and stakeholders together, making use of the knowledge that’s outside of a traditional academic field and bringing that together in the entire research process, from defining the problem through bringing knowledge into society for change and to bringing the change back into knowledge.”

Mark Lawrence, atmospheric scientist

Teaching the Anthropocene from a Global Perspective

In memory of Yehuda Elkana. By Manfred D. Laubichler and Jürgen Renn.

The Anthropocene is a geological epoch defined by the consequences of human activity. As such, its reach is global, even planetary. Yet, despite the dramatic impact of human activities, which themselves are a consequence of human knowledge, but also a lack thereof, most educational practices remain fragmented and discipline-bound. more...

A Beginning to the Anthropocene?

By Jan Zalasiewicz

Geologists, did not, though, discard their elaborately compiled dynastic framework to simply use numerical time (although suggestions to that end were made). Those stratal dynasties proved too useful—and their reflection of real genuine changes in Earth state made them into a kind of convenient aide memoire of the major phases of Earth history. more...