Cristo Leon Joins Inter-National Association FOR Trans-Disciplinary Communication AFTC as a Founding Member and Call for Papers


Cristo Leon, a prominent figure in the academic and research sectors, recently joined the Inter-National Association FOR Trans-Disciplinary Communication (AFTC). The AFTC is an initiative of the International Institute of Informatics and Cybernetics (IIIC), focusing on fostering Trans-Disciplinary Communication (TDC) in research and society. This article aims to shed light on the significance of this association, the objectives it hopes to achieve, and Cristo Leon’s role as a founding member.

Inter-National Association FOR Trans-Disciplinary Communication: AFTC Founding Members

What is Trans-Disciplinary Communication?

Trans-Disciplinary Communication (TDC) involves two primary aspects: 1) Facilitating effective communication among members of a multi-disciplinary team working within a trans-disciplinary framework and 2) Bridging the gap between the academic world and the broader society. TDC navigates the terrain both across disciplines and beyond them, thus forming the cornerstone of modern research strategies and societal integration.

Objectives of the Inter-National Association FOR Trans-Disciplinary Communication

The AFTC has set forth three main objectives:

  1. To support written dialogue related to the foundation of the association.
  2. To create a foundational collective document.
  3. To release a special issue of a journal focused on TDC.

These goals align with the broader context of enhancing both intra-discipline and inter-discipline communications, thereby encouraging robust scholarly discourse and community engagement.

A Call for Papers: ICSIT 2023

The AFTC, through IIIC, is calling for papers for its upcoming 14th International Conference on Society and Information Technologies (ICSIT 2023). Submissions are welcome for both face-to-face and virtual participation. The conference employs a stringent, multi-methodological reviewing process, upholding the highest standards in academic rigor.

Call for papers: The 14th International Conference on Society and Information Technologies: ICSIT 2023© March 28 – 31, 2023 Submissions Articles might be submitted for face-to-face or virtual participation in the conference. For details regarding the types of submission, please click here. Submitted papers will have double-blind and non-blind review. They may also have peer-to-peer participative review. More details regarding the Reviewing Policy can be found by clicking on the link “Multi-Methodological Reviewing Process for Multi-Disciplinary Conferences” under the “Reviewers” tab. The acceptance policy to be applied to the reviewed submissions made to ICSIT 2023 is based on the Majority Rule, applied to the reviews received for each submitted article. Details on this issue can be found by clicking on the link “Acceptance Policy” under the “General Info” tab.

Cristo Leon’s Role as a Founding Member

Cristo Leon, the Director of Research at NJIT, brings an unparalleled breadth of experience in STEM Education, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Interdisciplinary Research. With a track record of managing a multimillion-dollar program portfolio, his leadership is poised to impact the direction and effectiveness of AFTC’s initiatives significantly.

Career Milestones: Cristo Leon’s Expertise

Leon has an extensive history in research project management, evidenced by:

  • Overseeing more than 1,500 proposal submissions at NJIT
  • Administering project management logistics and post-award actions for 150+ active grants
  • Facilitating training for 800 C-suite executives in eight countries
  • Innovating for Inclusion & Diversity

These credentials make him an invaluable asset to the AFTC and its objectives.

Outreach and Training: A Focus on Inclusion

Cristo Leon has been instrumental in coordinating outreach activities, establishing 43+ new grant sponsors, and building relationships with 56+ new subcontracting organizations. His focus on training faculty, administrators, and executives underlines his commitment to fostering inclusion and collaboration in research and society.

Technology Adoption: Streamlyne Grant Management Software

From 2016 to 2020, Leon led the adoption of the Streamlyne Grant Management Software at NJIT, training various stakeholders, thereby streamlining administrative procedures and increasing operational efficiency.

Interdisciplinary Research: The Convergence Point

Leon’s emphasis on Inter-Disciplinary Research (IDR) & Convergence aligns perfectly with the objectives of the AFTC, making his association mutually beneficial for fostering trans-disciplinary communication in academic and societal landscapes.


Cristo Leon’s recent induction as a founding member of the Inter-National Association FOR Trans-Disciplinary Communication is a new chapter in his illustrious career and a monumental step for the AFTC. His wealth of experience in research management, focus on inclusion, and passion for interdisciplinary research align seamlessly with the association’s objectives. This partnership is set to catalyze advancements in trans-disciplinary communication, enriching the academic community and society.