The interdisciplinary research colloquium (interdisziplinäres Forschungskolloquium, ifko) provides the opportunity for a lively exchange on academic questions and individual projects, even across disciplines. Anyone holding a university degree who is willing to participate on a regular basis and present their own research work for discussion is invited to take part in the ifko.
The idea is that all participants show the same openness and willingness to learn that is required of pupils and students. The colloquium is less about presenting the research work done as perfectly as possible, but is rather geared towards bringing along and putting up for discussion precisely those parts of your work that is still in progress, on which you are still in doubt or about which you have questions. The participants from other disciplines then take on the role of "active thinkers" and "lay people asking questions", whose thoughts and questions will encourage you to look at your own work from a different perspective and sometimes even to question what previously seemed self-evident or at least to find completely different explanations. This approach often results in the further development, deepening and clarification of the topics the participants have brought with them, and for the "active thinkers" it often provides important impulses for solving the problems they encounter in their own work.