Autumn 2015

Autumn 2015


Transdisciplinary approach  has been main  CETIP  research agenda for almost decade (EU projects, THEMES, EUROCOOP, RESPONDER, activities of experimental laboratory of social sciences VEEL). Nowadays CETIP is participating in Horizon 2020 INSPIRATION project. 

Climate protection, innovations in energy systems and sustainable landscape management are main goals of European Strategy 2020:  A resource-efficient Europe (Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe) to the low carbon economy transition of EU member countries. To meet strategic goals is only possible with the support of whole society, for example by implementation of integrated spatial planning and decision making. Active participation in effective resource governance and political support to transfer some rights and responsibilities from the state to the private sector is the crucial condition for successful integrated European policies. The change of policies´ orientation has required innovations in research, especially TRANSDISCIPLINARY APPROACH: responding to social challenges in active participation of the whole actors’ spectrum, including providers and users.

INSPIRATION project: Research challenges for integrated spatial planning, land use and soil management is a new type of transdisciplinary project of Horizon 2020. This project is creating scientific knowledge through participation of actors from the social practice. The goal is to prepare EU strategic agenda for the land and soil management as well as to respond expectations of current social challenges. Partners of joint workplace CE SPECTRA – Institute of Landscape Ecology SAS and Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies at the Faculty of Education at Catholic University in Ruzomberok have participated in this project.

The first series of transdisciplinary workshops took place in October 8 – 16, 2015, in Bratislava, Ruzomberok and Zvolen. Their main goal was transdisciplinary dialogue. Discussions during these three workshops have tried to find answers on following questions: How to contribute to the formulation of the needs of Slovak practice and academic community in research priorities development at national and European level? How to secure the transfer of know-how of strategic research in spatial management to research priorities of next period of HORIZON 2020? Outcomes of workshops and interviews with key actors of research and land and soil management will be the part of planning process of research priorities at EU level.


The workshop in Ruzomberok, organized by Institute of Transdisciplinary studies and Department of Geography at Faculty of Education, Catholic University in Ruzomberok, was focused on the research of integrated spatial planning, land use and soil management as well as opportunities for higher efficiency of knowledge transfer from science to practice. The workshop outcomes have the ambitions to be a valuable contribution in regional cooperation support as well as in partnership formation in Zilina region.


The workshop in Zvolen addressed the forestry experts and questions of European Strategy 2020 were discussed with representatives from basic and applied research. Forests in Slovak republic are important element in landscape stability and are prospective for adaptation actions in climate change mitigation (carbon forestry), flood and erosion protection. The main recommendations of this workshop are to increase integration of research, to eliminate sectoral approach and to concentrate research into the areas of management innovations and financial stabilisation.

Workshop Zvolen