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Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities

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Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) 
Visitor's address: Ida Bloms House, Allégaten 34
Mailing address: Postboks 7805, 5020 Bergen, Norway
Telephone:+47 55 58 27 05
Epost: post@svt.uib.no

About the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT)

SVT is a permanent, interdisciplinary and interfaculty institution at the University of Bergen that is responsible for research, teaching and dissemination within the field of "theory of science", understood broadly as "research on research". The research profile of SVT is broad, with a focus on critical reflection over the science-society relationship. The Centre coordinates and participates in several EU/FP7 and NRC-projects on the ethical and societal aspects of science and technology.
SVT is a member of the Norwegian Academic Council for Science and Technology Studies, and teaches "theory of science" with ethics in all PhD programmes at UiB.

8th Annual S.Net meeting

The Co-Production of Emerging Bodies, Politics and Technologies

The 8th annual S.Net meeting will take place from the 12th to the 14th of October 2016 in Bergen, Norway. It will continue to provide room for reflections on emerging technologies, this time with a special (though not exclusive) focus on politics.

RESEARCH | CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE

Four new centres aiming for excellence

Four research centres at the University of Bergen have gone to the second round in the process of becoming a Norwegian Centre of Excellence.

New publication

What is In Vitro Meat?

Researchers from the SVT has contributed heavily to the new issue of Food Phreaking. In Vitro Meat was one of the case studies in the EPINET project integrating different ways of assessing the good and the bad of new technologies.

HEIRRI

The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities plays a central role in the European project HEIRRI: Higher Education Institutions & Responsible Research and Innovation, which aims to integrate the concept of “Responsible Research and Innovation”, or RRI, into the science and...

SAMKUL Workshop

Visualizing Climate Change

This workshop will aim to establish a researcher network that will contribute to a broader knowledge base for meeting challenges related to climate change and accompanying environmental changes.

The PhD training component in Theory of Science

The training component in theory of science ("vitenskapsteori") and ethics is an important and mandatory part of all PhD studies, required by the PhD regulations at the University of Bergen. SVT is in charge of this training component, the content, scope and practical organization of these course varies from faculty to faculty.The primary purpose of the training is to strengthen the ability and depth of reflection of the candidates in their research education. Specifically, we aim to:

  • Develop the candidates' knowledge of the characteristic features, strengths and limitations of their own field of inquiry, and how these can affect their encounters with other academic disciplines and sectors of society
  • Develop the candidates' critical skills and capacity for reflection, including their ability to reflect upon their own academic field and own research from other and external perspectives

The Faculty of Social Science (VITSV900)  The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNF990)  The Faculty of Psychology(PS901)  The Faculty of Humanities(VITHF900)

 

 

History of the Centre

The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) was established in 1987 as a permanent inter-faculty institution at the University of Bergen, Norway. The field of study, Theory of Science was (in accordance with the Jeløya Conference in 1975, which was under the auspices of the Norwegian Research Council) defined as research in the fields of philosophy, history and social science focusing on the roles these different sciences play in society; in addition it was defined as research into the theoretical and ethical aspects and uses of such scientific research.

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