15-20 August 2016

[Update 2019:] If you are looking for "ColLaboratoire 2020", the week-long Research Residency program in the Philippines, then please get the latest news at the project website


[Update Aug 2016:] ColLaboratoire happened from 15 to 20 August 2016. Please read a quick summary at CogNovo's news section.

[Update 2020:] Openness across Disciplines: Reflecting on a Multiple Disciplinary Summer School is a publication about ColLaboratoire, summarising what we learned during this week.

"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas, plus a third idea that is the product of our two original ideas, combined."

— Adapted from G. B. Shaw

In the face of mounting human-centred challenges, we can no longer rely on specialist disciplines to address these multifaceted problems and the demand for successful interdisciplinary problem-solving has never been so central.

We introduce ColLaboratoire, a pioneering summer school organized by CogNovo, the multidisciplinary doctoral training centre headquartered in Plymouth, UK. Inspired by the nature of our multidisciplinary centre, this project-based summer school will explore collaboration as a practice. From sonifying biometrics, through “Playin’ Plymouth”, to internet consciousness, this summer school will become the ground in which minds can explore the arts and science of interdisciplinary collaboration.

The free summer school is aimed at Master’s and early stage PhD students, who have an open mind and are willing to exchange ideas and skills both within and outside of their disciplines. During this one-week long event, participants will work on projects that are designed to be malleable and flexible; with space to evolve. While applicants are asked to indicate a preference for one or more projects, each project will span several disciplines thus ensuring that every member gains valuable experience in interdisciplinary practice. By the end of the week, knowledge will have taken a new and unexpected form, thanks to the influence of this diverse landscape.

Check out the summer school projects here:

We are glad to announce our invited speakers for ColLaboratoire. Find out more here, follow the links to discover more about their research.

We have reserved rooms at Plymouth University for all successful applicants participating in the summer school.

Get an information pack for your trip to Plymouth in August 2016. This contains information including details about travelling to Plymouth from airports, details about Plymouth itself and details about the summer school.