The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) is a permanent, interdisciplinary and interfaculty institution at the University of Bergen.
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
Research and teaching
SVT is responsible for research, teaching and dissemination within the field of "theory of science", understood broadly as "research on research". Research at SVT is tightly coupled to the promotion of interdisciplinarity, aiming at a more holistic understanding of knowledge, values and society. There are two main foci within this study field: on the one hand the understanding of modernity, and on the other hand the study of the knowledge production in itself. Researchers at SVT coordinate and participate in several research projects on the ethical and societal aspects of science and technology.
As a member of the Norwegian Academic Council for Science and Technology Studies, SVT teaches "theory of science" with ethics in all PhD programmes at UiB.
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. The primary purpose of the training is to strengthen the ability and depth of reflection of the candidates in their research education and 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. SVT is in charge of this training component, the content, scope and practical organization of these course varies from faculty to faculty.