LSU is launching an incubator for interdisciplinary research and teaching called the Center for Collaborative Knowledge, part of the university’s new strategic plan.

The center is focused on “major collaborative projects” that cut across various colleges and schools at LSU, the school said in a news release. It's an effort to foster interdisciplinary classes to integrate knowledge from multiple areas and to seek grant funding for research.

“The Center for Collaborative Knowledge embodies the spirit of LSU’s latest strategic plan by helping to solve Louisiana’s most pressing challenges and developing future leaders for our state,” LSU Executive Vice President and Provost Rick Koubek said in a statement.

As part of its launch this spring, the center will host an inaugural conference called “Sustainable Cities and Communities” April 12-13. Experts in computer science, religion, anthropology, ecology and creative writing will explore the challenges of life in modern cities and focus on opportunities for growth and sustainability.

A faculty advisory board comprising professors from a wide range of disciplines at LSU is tasked with planning the center.

The center’s goal is to bolster interdisciplinary research and better prepare students and faculty to take on leadership roles in competitive marketplaces, and to act as globally-engaged citizens, the school said.