Visons and Values of CEFO

– Created by members during the Gotland Retreat January 2019 –

What CEFO adds to the experience of being a young researcher

  • Meet and connect with PhD students from other departments and disciplines
  • Broaden your perspectives and research
  • To have an insight into how postgraduates operate in different fields other than my own
  • Opportunity for reflexive learning about your own research communication to a wider audience
  • Experience of running PhD courses, workshops and events
  • Chances to learn about how to be constructive to other people’s research
  • Peer-based support on research ideas, writing, skills, courses, and career
  • To learn how to produce a journal and what it means to be on an editorial team
  • Support for the research process – e.g. technical details, how to apply to grants, how research ideas originate, the process of publication
  • Fun! During the ‘urgh’ times in our areas, this environment could play a supportive role

What is our role within the university? What is the university not doing that we are doing?

  • Create meeting places across disciplines and departments
  • To challenge the narrow specialization of disciplines and stress the need for many different perspectives
  • Initiate conversations across boundaries with a focus on environmental/climate change issues
  • Peer-supported feedback on your work in progress from wide perspectives
  • PhD student-led education. Courses developed from needs and perspectives of PhD students. Create and run courses that aren’t limited by a specific discipline.
  • A bottom-up / grassroots network
  • Bring together answers to questions that aren’t raised yet
  • Challenge subject hierarchy and recognize we have different approaches to the same issue

Why does the world need transdisciplinarity / interdisciplinarity? 

  • Because research fields are getting more and more specialized
  • Global, long-lasting decisions need a common ground, i.e. need to be accepted by people from different disciplines
  • Everything on Earth is connected. The world is getting more complex
  • Inter-disciplinary approaches breeds creativity and new innovation – e.g. RADAR
  • To challenge public misconception on highly relevant topics (such as what climate change actually is) through using data expertise from a wide range of disciplines
  • Because not considering other perspectives is how we cause more problems with proposed solutions
  • The thinking that ‘caused’ global challenges might not solve it
  • The thesis is bigger than your department. “Limited by the problem not by the discipline”
  • Translate concerns into shared aims

Our Internal Rules and Procedures Document

CEFO Rules and Procedures as of Spring 2020


What does it mean to be an affiliated PhD student?

Would you like to become an affiliated student or join the e-mail list? 

E-mail: helena.fornstedt@angstrom.uu.se