This focus meets indeed one of the objectives of the European Commission as a means to face the complex challenges of our societies (s. EC: "New societal challenges for the European Union", Brussels, 2009; EURAB: "Interdisciplinarity in Research", 2004). These strategic objectives together with the European authorities' intention to boost social responsibility in compliance with the recommendations of the recently approved International Standard ISO 26000 provides a solid starting point to the promotion of interdisciplinary methodologies in research and education. This is particularly the case because, as several studies has shown, there is still a lack of methodology and general criteria for properly assessing and deploying interdisciplinarity -despite its strong support by different public public bodies in Europe and abroad (e.g., DEA-FBA: "Thinking Across Disciplines", Copenhagen, 2008).
In order to fill this gap, we propose relying on a double focus: a systematic one, based upon systems and complex thinking; and a paradigmatic and practical one rooted on ongoing, successful interdisciplinary research (as information studies, cybernetics, environmental studies, or biotechnology), to be applied simultaneously at the education and research work through the problem-oriented cooperation enabled by the participants. It is needless to say that according to this focus the intention to participate by the Institut für Design Science (IDS) of Munich, the Betalanffy Center for the Study of System Science (BCSS), and the International Society for Information Studies (ISIS) represents a significant added value to the initiative. To this end, a preliminary proposal was presented to these research organisations, and approved past summer. In December the preliminary proposal was also approved by both the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies of HM and ULE.