Interdisciplinary research and influence is at the heart of the IMPACKT project. The project was created by people working in a variety of disparate fields – engineering, medicine and politics. The team strongly believes that most good research should cut across traditional academic disciplines to cover a wide range of academic, societal and policy issues. This thinking is mirrored in the actions of governments and funding councils. For instance, the European Commission has embedded social science throughout its funded research, underscoring the need to understand and develop the societal implications of research in all academic disciplines. Interdisciplinarity is not only useful for pragmatic purposes such as winning research grants; it also gives us the chance to look at policy issues in a different light, learn new ways of addressing societal problems and work together to create multi-faceted research that addresses problems from multiple angles.