Joint Research Retreat in Munich

February 24, 2023

For a week, from the 13th to the 17th of February 2023, the members of the In-Forest project team came together for a joint research retreat in Munich, Germany. Hosted by Dr. Susanne Koch, it took place at the Department of Science, Technology and Society (STS) of the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology located in the city centre. 
At TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology
As the kick-off workshop planned for early 2022 couldn’t take place due to the pandemic, it was the first in-person meeting of the full group since the project was launched, and for most team members also their first stay in Munich. It offered the unique opportunity to not only share progress made in the work packages underway and discuss preliminary insights, but also to theorise, analyse, and interpret data together as a team. Moreover, it provided space for conceptualising the first papers to be presented at conference events and planning the next stages of the project, such as upcoming fieldwork in Tanzania. Finally, it also offered the team to reflect on the ongoing collaboration as an international and interdisciplinary team of scholars based in different world regions and in different social and professional contexts. 
As collaboration partners, we perceived the face-to-face encounter as most valuable for the project’s scientific progress but also the joint spirit within our In-Forest team – an indication of how the epistemic and social in scientific knowledge production are inherently interlinked.
At TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology

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