Interdisciplinary eCollaboration Think Tank Network

Interdisciplinary eCollaboration Think Tank Network


Founding Members
Links to think tanks and networks
Links to e-publications


The founding members created the network Interdisciplinary eCollaboration Think Tank on Silvester, December 31, 2020. The purpose of this network is to promote learning from others/ sharing our ideas with others in regard to problems identified and solutions possible.

The members are actively involved in several actions in their respective environments, where they are learning that various disciplines have to collaborate more closely by exploiting eTechnologies. In numerous areas, for example, climate change, aging society, pandemic, healthy food procurement, human rights and defence of democracy, and related domains, an accelerated usage of the Internet is needed within all disciplines, and between the disciplines – eDisciplines. In particular, with the overwhelming penetration of artificial intelligence, big data and robotics, it is necessary to question how this technologies may interact with human compassion and empathy, stimulating the role of social sciences and humanities in conjunction with ICT.

Information Systems and Information Technology professionals have an important role to play in helping bridge disciplines to enable efficient and effective collaboration in addition to highlighting technology application opportunities, threats, and benefits.

The idea of this network in based on decades of experience in business (eCommerce, eBusiness, eLogistics, eTraffic, eBanking, eMedia), in government (eGovernment, eDemocracy, eMunicipality, eJustice, ePolice, eHealth, eCulture), and education (eLearning, eEducation).

The emerging new areas require interdisciplinary approach. For example, eScience, eMedicine, Active Aging eInclusion, Seniors eSupport, eNursing, and others. The graduate and PhD students can contribute a lot to those areas.

Critical narrative and media analysis as well as digital storytelling skills bring into focus the importance of intergenerational dialogue and of lifelong learning to combat generational tension in times of specific challenges, such as climate change and the pandemic, and gives a voice to all generations.

The network is open to linking with similar think tanks and networks. For questions about joining this network please contact

Founding Members

Moira Allan, Co-founder and International Coordinator
The Pass It On Network, Paris, France

Dr. Kathryn L. Braun, Professor of Public Health and Social Work
Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed Chair on Aging
University of Hawai‘i, USA
President, Active Aging Consortium Asia Pacific – ACAP

Maurizio Fermeglia, Professor, Former Rector
Director, PhD School in Nanotechnology, University of Trieste, Italy

Mag. Marko Gorjup, President and CEO
TPV Group d.o.o. Novo mesto, Slovenia
Member, Management Board of the University of Novo mesto

Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus
University of Maribor, Slovenia
Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion & Contact person, Active Aging Networks

Dr. Jan Hively, International Consultant and Country Liaison, Co-founder
The Pass It On Network, USA

Dr. Miha Japelj, Professor
Member, Slovenian Academy of Engineering, Slovenia
President, Novo mesto Cultural Heritage Promotion Committee
& Honorary President, Krka Prizes Fund Council
Miha Japelj

Dr. Carole-Lynne Le Navenec, Associate Professor Emerita
Emeriti Association Executive Committee Program Co-Director
Liaison, College and University Retiree Associations of Canada – CURAC

Mag. Gregor Macedoni, Mayor
Urban  Municipality of Novo mesto, Slovenia
President, Association of Urban Municipalities of Slovenia

Dr. Roberta Maierhofer, Professor, Former Vice Rector for International Relations and Interdisciplinary Cooperation
Director, Center for Inter-American Studies, University of Graz, Austria
Fulbright Austria Alumna and Board Member

Gyula Ocskay, General Secretary
Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, Hungary
& Head, European Institute of cross-border studies, Budapest

Mag. Edmond Pajk, Deputy Director-General & Chief Information Officer
Pension and Disability Insurance Institute of Slovenia

Dr. Paul Timmers, Independent entrepreneur, academic and advisor on technology, policy, economy & society at at iivii BV, Brussels, Belgium; Former Director European Commission for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity; Research Associate in Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation, Oxford University
Visiting Professor, University of Rijeka, Croatia ; Senior Advisor, European Policy Centre Brussels

Dr. Doug Vogel, Professor of Information Systems & eHealth Research Institute Director
Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Fellow and Past-President, Association for Information Systems – AIS


Colleen Knechtel, Med, PhD Student (4th year)
Educational Policy Studies, Adult, Community, and Higher Education, Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Dr. Alenka Oven, Director
Institute for Long-Term Care Ljubljana, Slovenia
& Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana

Dr. Zdenka Petermanec, Director
University of Maribor Library, Slovenia

Dr. Dušan Šoltés, Professor & Director
e-Europe Research & Development Centre
Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Management, Slovakia

Dr. Stanisław Wrycza, Professor
Department of Business Informatics, University of Gdansk, Poland
& President, The Polish Chapter of Association for Information Systems

Branko Zebec, Assistant Director
Institute of Information Science, Maribor, Slovenia
& Coordinator, High Performance Computing – HPC

To be updated.


Links to think tanks and networks

Slovenia Professors Emeriti
University eLearning & eEducation Group
eSeniors 55+ Network

On Think Tanks – Independent Research Ideas and Advice

Links to e-publications

e-Science. Wikipedia.

eScience 2021: The 17th IEEE International Conference On E-Science. Innsbruck, Austria, September 20-23, 2021.

Trust and Group Efficiency in Multinational Virtual Team Collaboration: Longitudinal Study. By Xusen Cheng, Ying Bao, Xiaodan Yu, Yuanyanhang Shen. Springer,, January 2021.

Actions in Slovenia. Slovenia Professors Emeriti, December 28, 2020.

AI and Society: A Pathway from Interdisciplinary-alone to Interdisciplinary Research. How is Comprehensive Synthetic Engineering Confronting Social Issues via Arts-Sciences Collaboration? By Arisa EMA, The University of Tokyo. J-STAGE, Trends in the Sciences, 2020 Volume 25 Issue 7: 729-737.

Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2020. Use of internet services. Shaping Europe’s digital future, Directorate-General CONNECT, European Commission, Dec 18, 2020, pp 9.

Interdisciplinary Learning Teams Will Advance the AHA 2030 Impact Goal. By Dr. Thomas E. Kottke, MD, Senior Investigator, HealthPartners Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota. American Heart Association (AHA), December 04, 2020.

Agreement on EU funding for cross-border projects. Press Releases. News European Parliament. Contacts: Dana Popp, Press Officer,, 02-12-2020.

Interdisciplinary competencies and innovation. By Colleen Knechtel, Educator, PhD candidate, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Integration and Implementation Insights, November 24, 2020.

The “ABC’s” of interdisciplinarity. By Stephen M. Fiore. Integration and Implementation Insights. A community blog providing research resources for understanding and acting on complex real-world problems, November 10, 2020.

Research interdisciplinarity: STEM versus non-STEM. By Shahadat Uddin, Tasadduq Imam & Mohammad Mozumdar. Springer Link, 17 October 2020.

RDA for Interdisciplinary Research. RDA – Research Data Alliance for interdisciplinary research, 6 October 2020.

The measurement of “interdisciplinarity” and “synergy” in scientific and extra‐scientific collaborations. By Loet Leydesdorff & Inga Ivanova. Association for Information Science & Technology – Association for Information Science – asis&t, 3 October 2020.

How librarians contribute to interdisciplinary research teams. By Dr. Kelly Miller, Associate Dean for Learning and Research Services and Kineret Ben-Knaan, MA MIS, Research and Assessment Librarian, University of Miami Libraries in Coral Gables, Florida, USA & U-Link – Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge Initiative. Integration and Implementation Insights, September 22, 2020.

World Summit on the Information Society – WSIS Forum 2020. Outcome Document. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, 7 – 10 September 2020, pp 395.

Collective creativity: strategies for catalyzing interdisciplinary research. By Elizabeth LaPensee and Aalap Doshi. Journal of Science Communication, 1 September 2020.

COVID-19 starts push for more interdisciplinary research. By Yojana Sharma. University World News, London, UK, 25 July 2020.

Activists and policy experts: Exploring think tank engagement with social movements. Working Paper 8. By Ajoy Datta and Andrea Baertl. On Think Tanks, June 2020, pp 44.

Without team it’s just work. Royal Society of Chemistry, Prizes and awards series, 26 June 2020.

2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. By Dr. James G. McGann, Senior Lecturer, International Studies Director. University of Pennsylvania, 6-18-2020.

Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 2021. The British Academy, 15 June, 2020.

Mixing Patterns in Interdisciplinary Co-Authorship Networks at Multiple Scales. By Shihui Feng & Alec Kirkley. Scientific Reports, 7 May 2020.

Collaboration, creativity, conflict and chaos: doing interdisciplinary sustainability research. By Rose Cairns, Sabine Hielscher & Ann Light. Springer Link, Sustainability Science, 19 February 2020.

Sustainability and Collaboration: Crossdisciplinary and Cross-Sector Horizons. By Julie Thompson Klein, Wayne State University and Transdisciplinarity Lab, ETH-Zurich. Sustainability, MDPI, Basel, Switzerland, 18 February 2020.

What are fake interdisciplinary collaborations and why do they occur? It’s not always intentional. By Dr. Lianghao Dai. Georg-Elias-Müller-Institute of Psychology. Springer Nature Limited, 4 February 2020.

A framework to improve university–industry collaboration. By Richa Awasthy, Shayne Flint, Ramesh Sankarnarayana and Richard L. Jones. Research School of Computer Science, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 20 January 2020.

Direction of collaborative problem solving-based STEM learning by learning analytics approach. By Li Chen, Nobuyuki Yoshimatsu, Yoshiko Goda, Fumiya Okubo, Yuta Taniguchi, Misato Oi, Shin’ichi Konomi, Atsushi Shimada, Hiroaki Ogata & Masanori Yamada. Springer Open, 19 December 2019.

Interdisciplinarity revisited: evidence for research impact and dynamism. By Keisuke Okamura. Palgrave Communications, 12 November 2019.

PRIMER Initiative: Promoting Interdisciplinary Methodologies in Education and Research. By José María Díaz-Nafría, Enrique Díez-Gutiérrez, Wolfgang Hofkirchner, Rainer E. Zimmermann, Simone Belli, Gustavo Martínez-Mekler, Markus Müller, Luis Tobar, Fernando Martín-Mayoral, Modestos Stavrakis, Teresa Guarda, and Edgardo Ugalde. The Second International Conference on Applied Informatics (ICAI), The Second International Conference on Applied Informatics (ICAI), Workshops. Madrid, Spain, 6 to 9 November 2019, pp. 168–182.

The Academic Role of the College. A short description of the UBC Emeritus College and of how the College is defining its academic role along two trajectories: interdisciplinarity and community outreach. 18 September 2019.

Interdisciplinary optimism? Sentiment analysis of Twitter data. By Dr. Charlotte Teresa Weber, The Arctic University of Norway, and Shaheen Syed. National Center for Biotechnology Information, Bethesda, MD, USA, 2019 Jul 31.

Information Systems in Interdisciplinary Research: Analytic and Holistic Ways to Access Information Science Knowledge. By Volkmar P. Engerer, Associate Professor, Department of Information Studies, University of Copenhagen. Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice, May 08, 2019, pp 22.

Advancing the Science of Collaborative Problem Solving. By Arthur C. Graesser, Stephen M. Fiore, Samuel Greiff. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, November 29, 2018.

Shaping and implementing trans-national e-collaboration. By Philip Seltsikas and Helle Zinner Henriksen. The Research Center on Values in Emerging Science and Technology, August 31, 2018.

Learning to live with one another: lessons from an interdisciplinary research project. By Ajoy Datta. On Think Tanks, August 21, 2018.

Hack weeks as a model for data science education and collaboration. By Daniela Huppenkothen, Anthony Arendt, David W. Hogg, Karthik Ram, Jacob T. VanderPlas, and Ariel Rokem. PNAS – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. August 20, 2018.

WUN Presidents Forum urges closer collaboration for policy impact. Worldwide Universities Network – WUN Think Tank, 26 Jun 2018.

Evaluating collaboration productivity in interdisciplinary product development. By Guenther Schuha, Michael Riesenera, Christian Matterna, Maria Linnartza, Felix Bassea. Elsevier, 28th CIRP Design Conference, Nantes, France, 23-25 May, 2018.

Why Is Collaboration So Hard? By Steve Browne. ERE Media, January 25, 2018.

Interdisciplinarity for Impact. Workshop Report. Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University, 1st of June, 2016, pp. 40.

Interdisciplinary Science: A Coming of Age? Large global challenges, such as climate change, require a comprehensive approach, part of which should be interdisciplinary research. By Roderick J. Lawrence, Member, The New York Academy of Sciences, May 3, 2016.

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