SLU has four interdisciplinary platforms that integrate different scientific fields. They also improve the collaboration between researchers and society.
The four future platforms are:
- SLU Future One Health (previously SLU Future Animals, Nature and Health)
- SLU Future Food
- SLU Future Forests
- SLU Urban Futures
An interface between academy and society
The new platform strategy covers the period 2017-2020 and is characterised by inter- and multidisciplinary methods focused on the future.
The work spans across faculties and takes place in collaboration with relevant stakeholders in society. Using this approach to tackle complex scientific issues is something that makes the future platforms unique.
The platforms are intended to be a living, interactive interface between academy and society, and aims to:
- identify needs for knowledge, through projects based on synthesis and analysis, and generate scientifically based decision support for issues relevant to society;
- identify and develop, through collaboration with relevant actors in society, new questions for research to support solutions to future challenges;
- develop interdisciplinary working methods by coordinating cooperation across disciplinary boundaries.