The international interdisciplinary forum 2017 is the second edition of the conference for young researchers of all disciplines. It allows participants to receive feedback from other disciplines about their projects, to publish their interdisciplinary abstract and to form interdisciplinary collaborations. At the same time, this format allows to investigate the process of interdisciplinary exchange on a theoretical level, as we do in this learning paper. We find barriers and potentials to interdisciplinary research on all stages of research from the research approach over methodologies to the presentation of the results. These barriers and potentials exist on the whole range from the personal level over unwritten community norms up to fixed systemic rules.