• Its 21 - 4th conference on interdisciplinary teamwork skills
  • Its 21 - June 20th to 21st 2018 at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
  • Main Building at Campus Gloeshaugen, NTNU
  • The old docks by Nidelven river. photo by Knut Aage Dahl/visitnorway.com


How to successfully develop and make the most of interdisciplinary teamwork skills?

Meet and discuss with researchers and practitioners at Its21!

A growing need for skills in interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation is a clear trend in today’s society and work life. Product and service innovation is becoming increasingly important, and interdisciplinary teams that solve complex problems are essential for successful innovation. The core questions are then how to build such teams and enable them to work well inside and outside the organization, how to manage such teams, and what methods the teams should use for innovation. For schools and universities that educate students for such workplaces, the question becomes what kind of expertise the students need to be able to contribute in interdisciplinary teams and what skills they need to join and create such teams in workplaces that are unfamiliar with this way of working. Together we face the challenge: how to successfully develop and then make the most of interdisciplinary teamwork skills?

The main objective of the conference is to create a meeting place where researchers and practitioners from universities and workplaces can discuss key issues related to how skills in interdisciplinary teamwork and innovation can be developed. The conference aims to contribute to both clarification of expectations and exchange of best practices, and will consist of inspiring keynotes, parallel sessions and practical workshops.

Target audience

This conference welcomes staff and students from higher education institutions and practitioners from private and public sectors. It encourages attendance and presentations from those with particular interest in

  • Interdisciplinary teams
  • Collaborative learning and group work in higher education
  • Innovative skills, entrepreneurial skills and mind set


The conference is organised by Experts in teamwork (EiT), with support from a Nordic network working on developing students’ group work in interdisciplinary teams.
Read more about EiT and the network here.


The program will consist of different types of sessions including inspiring keynotes, parallel sessions and practical workshops. The overall aim is to stimulate to activity and discussions. Read more about the program here.

The conference also welcomes contributions in the form of oral or poster presentations on topics related to interdisciplinary teamwork skills, in workplaces or in higher education. Read more about how to contribute here.

Important dates
Registration starts: February 8th 2018
Submission starts: Feb 6th 2018
Submission ends: March 31th 2018 DEADLINE EXTENDED
Review results announced: April 15th 2018
Early bird ends: May 1st 2018
Conference dates: June 20th-21st 2018 in Trondheim
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