Symposium: Transdisciplinary Research Education in Convergence

Come join us for an afternoon discussing what we’ve learned in developing and running the minor Collaborative Science for Biomedical Breakthroughs. 

The minor is an education programme, creating a learning environment to develop the skills of doing collaborative science, blending together students, teachers, convergence flagships and industry.

Programme will include sessions on:

  • Transdisciplinary Collaborative Design Process—how we built a minor across two universities and multiple faculties, including stakeholders of students and industry.
  • The Structure of the Minor—how does it work? What are all the parts involved?
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills for Collaborations—as we’ve discovered a key piece for collaboration that’s often neglected
  • Assessments—how did we assess participation, reflection, and the process

We’ll also have time to chat and share ideas. Teachers, supervisors, and students from the minor will be there to share their experiences. Supervisors participated from TU Delft, Erasmus University,  Erasmus MC, and Erasmus University College, students were from four universities and 7 programmes.

Schedule of the symposium 9 April 2024 at the Teaching Lab, TU Delft:

Lunch and interaction with other public members

A transdisciplinary minor: collaborative design process, structure and interactive textbook. (recorded)

Two parallel workshops about two separate weeks in the minor:
1) Understanding your crew: What is transdisciplinarity? Perspectives and values of a team;
2) Institutional review process, Critical thinking as a scientist.


Plenary wrap-up pitches. (recorded)

Intended learning outcomes, rubrics and assessments. (recorded)
In this session, we will explain how the students were assessed during the minor at different levels and how our rubrics were aligned with the learning goals.

The emotional side of collaboration. (recorded)
Collaboration includes many emotions. What are some of the questions you need to think about in designing collaboration education, and what are the answers we came up with.


General discussion with a panel of members of the minor team, supervisors, coaches, students and Janssen Nederland.
In this session, the public will be able to interact with several stakeholders of this minor and discuss the different roles and expectations of each level involved.

Reception + questions


About the minor

The minor, developed by the Nanobiology programme, teaches students the skills they need to succeed in collaborative research while they do such a project. The minor is designed to impart a comprehensive understanding of research. It includes essential questions like “Why do scientists write grants?”, “Who are the stakeholders in your research?“,  “How do you share your findings?” and much more.

The primary focus rests on four integral threads that permeate the minor: Collaboration, Communication, Reflection, and Research. These threads are woven into the structure, by means of several lectures and workshops each week aligned with these themes, providing students with an encompassing perspective on scientific research. Teachers of the minor come from TU Delft Applied Sciences, Center for Languages and Academic Skills (ITAV), Industrial Design Engineering and Erasmus MC.

The minor is partnered with the Convergence Flagship Integrative Neuromedicine and Janssen Nederland. All research projects are closely intertwined with the Flagship.