Aarhus BSS Strategic Interdisciplinary Forum


Executive team representatives

Directors of Interdisciplinary centres and networks at Aarhus BSExecutive team representatives

Directors of studies at Aarhus BSS

Directors of key infrastructures at Aarhus BSS

Researchers with extensive interdisciplinary experience

Terms of reference

Background for the Aarhus BSS Strategic Interdisciplinary Forum (SIF)

Aarhus BSS creates value for society and stakeholders primarily through high-quality research and re-search-based education within the fields of business and social sciences. The school also has a small portfo-lio of research and educational activities across disciplines. By establishing SIF, Aarhus BSS aims to strength-en this portfolio and the collaboration across disciplines with due consideration of department needs and the strategic agenda of the school.


SIF supports the faculty management team’s ambition to promote the interdisciplinary activities at Aarhus BSS. The members of SIF help identify distinct interdisciplinary strengths, opportunities and barriers. They al-so help target activities at Aarhus BSS to societal challenges that require interdisciplinary solutions.

Responsibilities and tasks (this list is not exhaustive)

SIF plays an advisory role in relation to the faculty management team. The responsibilities and tasks of SIF include, but are not limited to: 

  • Acting as a sounding board in relation to new ideas for interdisciplinary initiatives raised by the em-ployees at Aarhus BSS.
  • Identifying and recommending the appointment of specific groups to work on activities that may strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration at the school, for instance in connection with:
    • establishing interdisciplinary initiatives or centres.
    • establishing new interdisciplinary degree programmes.
    • organising and hosting workshops and conferences on best practices for interdisciplinary re-search.
  • Supporting the search for ways to fund interdisciplinary research activities, including different founda-tions and Horizon Europe’s funding for ‘global challenges’.
  • Supporting quality assurance of large-scale applications for interdisciplinary research projects.

Results/success criteria

SIF activities are to strengthen the interdisciplinary activities at Aarhus BSS and are selected and defined with due consideration of school and department needs.

The faculty management team is informed of the discussions in SIF on a regular basis.

Organisation and collaboration

All departments at Aarhus BSS are represented in SIF to ensure that their needs are taken into account. The vice-dean for research is the chair of SIF. SIF will work together with the Aarhus BSS administrative centre as needed.

The chair of SIF is responsible for ensuring the school’s participation/representation in cross-faculty collabo-ration at Aarhus University, including the AU working group for interdisciplinary mission-driven research. SIF will discuss topics related to cross-faculty activities at university level when necessary.

The faculty management team may appoint working groups related to specific projects/activities on rec-ommendation from SIF. These working groups report to the faculty management team.


SIF will hold meetings when necessary, and at least once a year. SIF will mainly operate by working groups related to specific projects/activities. These working groups may include members of SIF and/or external participants who have specific competencies within a given field.

Composition and members

SIF consists of a chair (vice-dean for research), directors of studies and centres who are responsible for in-terdisciplinary research centres or degree programmes, heads of important research infrastructures at Aar-hus BSS, and a number of early career researchers with special interest in or experience from interdiscipli-nary research projects.

The Dean's Office provides administrative support for SIF.


The faculty management team will evaluate the terms of reference for SIF as needed.

Administrative support

Lone Sannemann Jacobsen

Head of International Accreditation