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‘Industry 5.0' has been used as a term to describe alternative visions of the future of industry. Recently, a European Union Research and Innovation Policy Brief used the label Industry 5.0 to define a vision which is not driven by a new technology, but by a changed perception of value founded on human-centricity, sustainability and resilience. Transdisciplinary Engineering (TE) seeks to integrate knowledge and understanding to reduce the negative effect of engineering innovation on the environment and society, thus there likely exists a natural synergy between Industry 5.0 and TE. Consequently, in this paper we seek to understand what the opportunities and challenges of the emergence of Industry 5.0 might be for the field of TE now and in the future. A workshop involving multidisciplinary experts was convened to brainstorm and then explore perceptions. Opportunities include new research areas and potential access to funding. Challenges center on the extent that TE could, or should, align itself with Industry 5.0, and the lack of consensus around definitions of TE. Conclusions find that to attract funding, the community should clearly articulate how TE differs from complimentary and overlapping fields such as interdisciplinarity and systems engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinarity and the Future of Engineering - Proceedings of the 29th International Society of Transdisciplinary Engineering (ISTE) Global Conference
EditorsBryan R. Moser, Bryan R. Moser, Pisut Koomsap, Josip Stjepandic
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994398
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022
Event29th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2022 - Cambridge, USA United States
Duration: 5 Jul 20228 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering


Conference29th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2022
Country/TerritoryUSA United States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work reported in this paper was undertaken as part of the Made Smarter Innovation: Centre for People-Led Digitalisation, at the University of Bath, University of Nottingham, and Loughborough University. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Grant EP/V062042/1.


  • Future of engineering
  • Industry 5.0
  • Transdisciplinary Engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Software
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Strategy and Management


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