Next April 2024, EPOS will host an Inter- and Transdisciplinary Session (ITS) at EGU24 on “Multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary studies in solid Earth science and beyond: challenges and new perspectives”. In this session, we will delve into the latest cross-disciplinary research, and explore real-life scientific studies and research experiences from scientists and young researchers in solid Earth science. 

The focus will be not only on results, but also on discussing the way forward to overcome the challenges experienced by these researchers in connection to data availability, collection, processing, and interpretation, and application of inter-disciplinary methods. We warmly invite all the scientific community to take part in this gathering and contribute actively to the session.

Contributions on various topics are welcome, including but not limited to:

  • Multi-disciplinary studies involving data from different disciplines,  such as seismology, geodesy, and petrology collaborating to understand subduction zone dynamics
  • Interdisciplinary projects that integrate multiple fields to craft novel approaches to new challenges - like merging geophysics and geochemistry to probe mantle plumes.
  • Transdisciplinary experiences that surpass disciplinary boundaries entirely, integrating paradigms and engaging stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, e.g. bringing together geologists, social scientists, civil engineers and urban planners to define risk maps and risk prevention measures in urban planning, or studies combining volcanology, atmospheric, health and climate sciences

The deadline for abstract submission is set to Wednesday, 10 January 2024 13:00 CET.

Here you can find the guidelines to submit your abstract:


Why Open Science and Research Infrastructures are crucial to boost innovation and excellence in science

The advancement of Open Science and the affordability of computing services allow for the discovery and processing of large amounts of information, boosting the integration of data from different scientific domains and blurring the traditional boundaries between them. However these data come from diverse sources, and are often heterogeneous in format and provenance. Thus, the capacity to combine them and extract new knowledge to address scientific and societal problems relies on data standardisation, integration and interoperability.

Key enablers of the OS paradigm are Research infrastructures (RI), of which EPOS, the pan-European RI for solid Earth science (, is an example. By making available data and research products thanks to decades of work on data standardisation, integration and interoperability, they enable scientists to combine heterogeneous data from different disciplines and data sources into innovative research by using novel approaches to solve scientific and societal questions.

However, while data-driven science is ripe with opportunity to ground-breaking inter- and transdisciplinary results, many challenges and barriers still exist that can hamper disclosing the full potential of these opportunities. The aim of the session hosted by EPOS is to explore the most relevant multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary studies, addressing challenges and new perspectives in solid Earth science, and emphasizing the importance of open science in fostering innovation and excellence in scientific research.