Wisdom Transfer aims at establishing the groundwork for an acknowledgment, communication and activation of contributions to culture and society from knowledge and experience by retired art and design [AD] academics. It is argued that the legitimisation of empirical experience in AD research will contribute to the scope and depth of the discipline, and inform multi-disciplinarity. The scientific heritage of AD may have preceded the actual discipline through a first generation of researchers that led a transition from practice to academia.
Yet this heritage has been off-radar due to a lack of a framework beyond curricular and scientific demands. This wealth of knowledge and experience will be irredeemably lost if not legitimised and activated in the present. The project will involve: Aggregation of individual knowledge and experience Test-beds of contributive scientific and socio-cultural scenarios Best Practice templates A multi-disciplinary communication of "retirement wisdom".