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Interdisciplinary Science Rankings 2024

Times Higher Education and Schmidt Science Fellows recognize the transformative power of Interdisciplinary Science.

We are working together to recognize, incentivize, and celebrate interdisciplinary science in higher education worldwide.

We will publish the first Interdisciplinary Science Ranking in 2024  to improve scientific excellence and collaboration amongst universities. Register to participate

The ranking will provide the sector with data to measure and benchmark achievement in scientific research that crosses disciplinary boundaries. It will recognize and reward universities leading on interdisciplinary science to help promote good practice and incentivize interdisciplinarity.

We are looking forward to working with universities across the world to further develop this tool and ensure it can play a positive role in strengthening the way we do science.

Work to develop the project

World Academic Summit afternoon sessions Day 2.

Interdisciplinary Science Ranking: preliminary analysis, published October 18, 2023, explores the data gathered by THE from participating global universities.

The preliminary research is based on a range of metrics including: admin support, measure of success, tenure or promotion, and physical facilities, which are designed to understand the depth and quality of interdisciplinary science at universities and the environment to encourage such work. Find out more.

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New series on Times Higher Education campus+

Featuring insights from our Program Team, Academic Council, Fellows, and external voices, it explores the importance of interdisciplinary science and how we can better support it:  

  • Our Executive Director Megan Kenna on the power of interdisciplinary science and the need to encourage both ambition and failure. Read more.
  • Our Academic Council member (and Chair Emeritus) Professor Sir Keith Burnett on the integral role of mentorship in supporting scientists pursuing an interdisciplinary path. Read more.
  • 2020 Schmidt Science Fellow and Assistant Professor of bioengineering at Harvard University Shriya Srinivasan sets out the advantages of cross disciplinary collaboration and argues that if we want more interdisciplinary science, we need systemic change. Read more.
  • Schmidt Sciences President and Chief Scientist Stu Feldman argues the opportunities offered by interdisciplinary science are enormous, but we need to support researchers to seize them. Read more.
  • 2018 Schmidt Science Fellow and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Ryan Truby shares his interdisciplinary journey and advocates for funding changes to support greater freedom at earlier career stages. Read more.
  • 2023 Schmidt Science Fellow Sahil Loomba on how an interdisciplinary path, combining computation, statistics and machine-learning approaches, can help us make sense of complex systems and improve the world we live in. Read more.
  • Working with patients and taking an interdisciplinary path ensures 2022 Fellow Sandya Subramanian stays connected to the people she is trying to help. Read more.