New method to generate radical project ideas

The Idélab method will cultivate radical projects that cross disciplines and subject areas in new ways, says Anne Kjersti Fahlvik. (Photo: Sverre C. Jarild)

The Research Council of Norway is adopting an “idea laboratory” (Idélab) method to generate groundbreaking projects in the interface between subject areas and disciplines. The first event will focus on the vision of a zero-emissions society.

In January 2014, 25–30 researchers will gather in an Idélab event to find new solutions for achieving a zero-emissions society. Experts in biotechnology, nanotechnology and ICT will meet with researchers from entirely different subject areas, including the social sciences and humanities. Together they will develop radical project proposals.

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