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
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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.


Climate change: a virtual special issue

To support the efforts of the UN Conference on Climate Change 2015 (COP 21) in Paris, the Editors-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) have organized a Virtual Special Issue focusing on climate change. Professor Jeroen van der Sluijs from UiB is one of the selected contributors.

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.

Kick-off for H2020 project HEiRRI

European project HEIRRI for the integration of RRI in higher education

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 engineering degrees, mainly focusing on universities and other higher education institutions (HEI).


Your walk and odour betray you

Soon you will be identified by body odour and your behaviour in public places. UiB researchers investigate the public's feelings about a higher degree of identification.

ReDig - Responsibility as an Integral Component of Digital Research Practices in Bio-and Nanotechnology

An increasing adoption of digital tools and infrastructures for research is occurring within a number of scientific fields. Combined with classic experimental methods, digital software is increasingly used to model and design scientific objects. Software and digital platforms are used for making and matching data as well as to store and share them. This project addresses the issue of how responsibility should be performed as an integral component of digital research practices in nano and biotechnology.

The project will focus on digital practices of design, modelling and data sharing as they are performed in specific projects in those research fields. After analyzing these practices, it will turn the focus to responsibility in digital research and innovation practices by focusing on three themes:

  • Open science
  • Design
  • Public good

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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