Interdisciplinary Research Platform
The Interdisciplinary Research Platform (IRP) promotes pioneering research ideas in emerging interdisciplinary themes within the Faculty of Science, by stimulating creativity and innovation across the borders of the research institutes. To maximise the societal impact, the IRP will actively involve industrial and societal stakeholders to solve complex research problems, create significant impact and build an innovative interdisciplinary research environment.
The IRP is committed to the development and support of pioneering interdisciplinary collaborations within the Faculty of Science. Learn more about some of the current projects or discover all projects.
The current focus areas of the Interdisciplinary Research Platform are:
Green Information Technology
The IRP aims to promote novel projects that contribute to ‘Greening of IT’ – for example materials for efficient data storage – or ‘Greening by IT’ where data and computing innovations contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Machine Learning in the Natural Sciences
Machine learning has emerged as an essential tool for fundamental and applied research in disciplines such as astrophysics, computer science, atomic and molecular physics, mathematics, neuroscience, chemistry, and biology. The IRP will realise interactions between these disciplines, exploring new scientific area’s and methods.
Experimental Laboratories in Life Sciences
The IRP also stimulates interdisciplinary projects in the life sciences. Advanced technologies such as sequencing facilities with single cell and proteomics capabilities, genomics and new bioinformatics research have great potential for integrative research and to address complex issues in environmental, biological and health sciences.
The Management Board of IRP is accountable to the Faculty Board and consists of the Vice Dean of Research and four core members with specialisation in interdisciplinary research.
Richard van Wezel (Vice Dean of Research, Faculty of Science)
Bert Kappen (Machine Learning in Natural Sciences)
Jeroen Jansen (Green Information Technology)
Michiel Vermeulen (Experimental Laboratories in Life Sciences)
Isabel Rijk (Radboud Innovation Science).
The Management Board is supported by three research coordinators: Eduardo Domínguez, Neha Awasthi and Anna Šenovská.