i2S projects aim to:

  • refine the conceptualisation of Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S)
  • gather and organise concepts and methods for application by i2S specialists
  • bring together different disciplinary and practitioner perspectives on unknowns and on change
  • build bridges between related approaches, such as interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, systemic intervention, action research, complex systems science, implementation science, participatory system dynamics, etc
  • foster networks and alliances to increase the influence of i2S and its component approaches on research funding, as well as research and education policy.

1. Integration and Implementation Insights blog (i2Insights blog)

This is a community blog about concepts and methods for understanding and acting on complex real-world problems – problems such as global climate change, effective health care and inequalities. Anyone with relevant expertise and experience is invited to contribute. A new concept or method is described every week. As well as building a repository of tools and ideas, the blog aims to connect a community of researchers involved in improving approaches for tackling complex real world problems both internationally and across a wide range of problem domains.

2. Building resources for Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S)

This repository of resources has:

  • tools (concepts and methods) for (i) synthesising knowledge across disciplines and stakeholders, (ii) understanding and managing diverse unknowns and (iii) providing research support for policy and practice change
  • approaches, which are different ways of tackling complex real world problems, including interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, systems thinking, action research and more
  • case studies of the successful application of approaches and/or tools
  • journals where new tools can be published
  • professional associations and networks where like-minded researchers can band together
  • conferences for exchanging ideas and expanding networks.

New resources are added regularly and publicised bi-monthly in i2S News.

3. Building a leadership group of heads of inter- and trans- disciplinary organisations

Building a leadership group of heads of inter- and trans- disciplinary organisations involves a series of planned and completed workshops held at either regional or global levels.

The initial 3.5 day global workshop - Interdisciplinary Research Matters: Pathways to Successful Organizational Models - was held in March 2018. It brought together 18 leaders of interdisciplinary organisations from around the world to share learnings from an organizational perspective about fostering interdisciplinary research. The aim was to  improve understanding of how different institutional models successfully catalyze interdisciplinary scientific advances, innovative thinking and durable practices, as well as to form an influential leaders group to advise research funders and research and education policy makers.

Workshop participants were:

  • Arun Agrawal, Coordinator, International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) University of Michigan, USA
  • Kamal Bawa, Founder-President, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India
  • Paul Bertsch, Science Director, CSIRO Land and Water, Australia
  • Chris Boone, Dean, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, USA
  • Colin Campbell, Chief Executive, The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
  • Paul Dodd, Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research, Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives, University of California, Davis, USA (virtual participant)
  • Jennifer Dunne, Vice President for Science, Santa Fe Institute, USA
  • Iain Gordon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Tropical Environments and Societies, James Cook University, Australia and Former Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
  • David Hart, Director, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine, USA
  • Jessica Hellmann, Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Hein Mallee, Head of Social Science Division, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan
  • Alison Miller, Deputy Director for Management, The Earth Institute Columbia University, USA
  • Mark New, Director, African Climate & Development Initiative, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Jean Ometto, Deputy-Coordinator, Brazilian Research Network on Global Climate Change (Rede-Clima), Brazil
  • Margaret Palmer, Director, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), University of Maryland, USA
  • Steward Pickett, Director Emeritus, Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER), USA
  • Ken Taylor, Director, Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, New Zealand
  • Gabriele Wendorf, Co-Head of Research, Center for Technology and Society, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Co-organisers and facilitators:

  • Gabriele Bammer, Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S), The Australian National University, Australia
  • Jonathan Kramer, Director for Interdisciplinary Science, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), University of Maryland, USA

This was a collaborative project with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and the workshop was held at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. It resulted in the following report: Palmer, L. (2018). Meeting the leadership challenges for interdisciplinary environmental research. Nature Sustainability, 1, 330-333. (Online):

Follow-up global meetings were held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA in November 2018 and at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, USA in November 2018.

The first regional meeting, for the Oceania region, was held in Brisbane Australia in May 2019. The meeting was co-hosted by CSIRO Land and Water and James Cook University.

4. Frameworks for transdisciplinary research

This is a commissioned series for the journal GAIA, where leading transdisciplinary researchers briefly describe the frameworks they use for their research. Starting in mid-2017, one framework is described in each issue of the jounal. It follows on from the successful "Toolkits for Transdisciplinarity" series.

5. Testing the i2S framework

The Collaboration Lab programme (PDF: 823Kb), which is part of the New Zealand Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, is testing the usefulness of the i2S framework against a number of case studies. It is also providing training in using the i2S framework to other programmes in the Challenge.

6. Examining the role of co-creation in Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S)

The key elements of co-creation, co-production, co-design and co-construction are identified and the Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S) framework is used to examine the role of co-creation in understanding and acting on complex real world problems. This work is being developed for a special issue on co-creation in the journal Evidence and Policy. This is an outcome of the pursuit "Co-creative Capacity" in the theme "Building resources for complex, action-oriented team science" at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC).

7. Follow-up to the 2013 First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation.

A collaborative writing project between most of the plenary speakers and other key participants in this conference is currently underway.

Completed projects

Please visit our archive to see information about completed projects.