SEAD: White Papers

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Template Guidelines for the SEAD White Papers

We are expecting more than 50 White Papers to be submitted for the November 15 Deadline. The Steering Committee will then have the task of reading these White Papers to generate a synthesis and overall report. The individual White Papers will of course be included in the Report Appendix. To make this process possible, we propose here some Guidelines that we hope you will agree to. If you have better suggestions please tell us.
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Call for White Papers

SEAD Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design announces a call for White Papers on issues facing the international community seeking to enhance transdisciplinary collaboration

We are seeking to survey concerns, roadblocks and opportunities, and solicit proposed actions for enhancing collaboration between sciences and engineering with practitioners in arts and design. These position papers will be submitted as part of a report to NSF and the community from the SEAD network in the summer of 2013. With grateful appreciation for US funding, we recognize that activity connecting the sciences, engineering, to arts and design is international and, furthermore, that global involvements are essential in today’s economy. Therefore we are interested both in what US collaborators can learn from experiences in other countries, and vice versa, institution or region specific issues, and also in how to foster collaborations that bridge beyond regions to nations. Cultural cross-fertilization via the SEAD network – whether from disciplinary, organizational or ethnic perspectives – is a vital component of our purpose and goals.

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SEAD White Papers review process

Draft in progress.

By October 15: 
We identify a panel of reviewers. Assuming 75 papers, the panel consists of 5 people reviewing 15 papers each. (Better, 7 or 8 people review about 10 papers each.)

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SEAD suggested actions

See this document for an example of suggested actions to include in White Papers


Leonardo Executive Editor Roger Malina and UT Dallas doctoral student Kathryn Evans are interested in examples of courses and curricula that are in the art-science-humanities field such as courses on art and biology, music and mathematics, art and chemistry, dance and environmental sciences, etc. The call is an re-launch of a similar call issued in 2009 ( and will be included in a Advocacy White Paper (Breaking Down the Silos: Curriculum Development as a Tool for Crossing Disciplines in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities) that is being developed in response to the international call for Advocacy White Papers issued by the network for Science Engineering Art and Design ( The White Paper is being developed with an international advisory group consisting of Paul Thomas (Australia), Edward Shanken (Netherlands), and Christo Doherty (South Africa).
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White Paper Guidelines

a. White Papers in text or video format must address at least one significant roadblock or opportunity, in terms of the SEAD focus areas or a relevant topic of the authors’ choosing.

b. SEAD focuses include: research and creative work, learning and education, productive partnerships across disciplines and organizations, and culture and economic development.

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