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Introduction—Grand Challenges and small steps

De Grandis, G; Efstathiou, S; (2015) Introduction—Grand Challenges and small steps. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences , 56 pp. 39-47. 10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.11.009. Green open access

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Abstract

This collection addresses two different audiences: 1) historians and philosophers of the life sciences reflecting on collaborations across disciplines, especially as regards defining and addressing Grand Challenges; 2) researchers and other stakeholders involved in cross-disciplinary collaborations aimed at tackling Grand Challenges in the life and medical sciences. The essays collected here offer ideas and resources both for the study and for the practice of goal-driven cross-disciplinary research in the life and medical sciences. We organise this introduction in three sections. The first section provides some background and context. The second motivates our take on this topic and then outlines the central ideas of each paper. The third section highlights the specificity and significance of this approach by considering: a) how this collection departs from existing literature on inter- and transdisciplinarity, b) what is characteristic about this approach, and c) what role this suggests for the history and philosophy of the life sciences in addressing Grand Challenges.

Type: Article
Title: Introduction—Grand Challenges and small steps
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.11.009
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.11.009
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Grand Challenges, Transdisciplinarity, Interdisciplinary integration, Translational research, Constructive modesty, Philosophy of science in practice
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > STEaPP
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058309
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