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Bridging Across Methods in the Biosciences


Cross-disciplinary research is essential if science is to properly address societal needs. In spite of several policy initiatives to foster such research across sectors, there is still a high level of compartmentalisation in the biosciences. The European Commission is preparing for a Missions based science and innovation strategy in which it will be important to consider how the goal of meaningful cross-disciplinarity can be achieved. This report aims to raise the question of cross-disciplinarity again, and to suggest specific actions to further the understanding, achievement and evaluation of cross-disciplinarity in the biosciences.