PRIMER initiative: PRomoting interdisciplinary methodologies in education and research

José María Díaz-Nafría, Enrique Díez-Gutiérrez, Wolfgang Hofkirchner, Rainer E. Zimmermann, Simone Belli, Gustavo Martínez-Mekler, Markus Müller, Luis Tobar, Fernando Martín-Mayoral, Modestos Stavrakis, Teresa Guarda, Edgardo Ugalde

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The paper describes the PRIMER international initiative aimed to develop interdisciplinary research capacities and skills to boost the ability to face global challenges whose complexity is beyond the reach of individual disciplines. To this end, the initiative has carried out education, research and innovation activities based on theoretical and methodological tools for the integration of knowledge. In the first section, the motivation of the initiative is described, which is followed by a section describing the objectives and approach as regards theoretical and methodological underpinnings, as well as its technical and social dimensions. The three pillars of PRIMER approach are constituted by systems science, information studies, and social innovation. A third section shows the results of a testing phase in which the participant institutions where gathered, the approach was initially tested and a more systematic program was devised upon testing results. This design, which is currently a candidate for an international funding program, is briefly described in section forth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-182
Number of pages15
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event2nd International Conference on Applied Informatics Workshops, ICAIW 2019 - Joint AIESD 2019, WDEA 2019, EduSynergies 2019, IKIT 2019, ISTIHMR 2019, WSSC 2019, VGameEdu 2019 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 6 Nov 20199 Nov 2019


  • Information studies
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Knowledge integration
  • Open data labs
  • Open education
  • Open science
  • Social innovation
  • Systems science
  • Transdisciplinarity


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