The European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) organised a round table discussion for young rural researchers at the XXI ESRS Congress, 22-26 August, 2005 in Keszthely, Hungary. In the discussion, participants focused on interdisciplinarity in rural research from their own personal points of view by analysing their profession in terms of interdisciplinarity. This paper compiles and summarizes these presentations. The review sheds light on the realities experienced by young rural researchers in four different countries: France, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Finland. Mélanie Gambino and Eva Ku erová examine it as an educational issue, while Petra Derkzen and Ella Mustakangas use their own institutional settings to pinpoint some aspects of interdisciplinarity in rural research in their countries.