Contact information:

Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) 
Visitor's address: Ida Bloms House on Allégaten 34
Mailing address: Postboks 7805, 5020 Bergen, Norway
Telephone:+47 55 58 27 05

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.

The EPINET project will review and evaluate assessment methods, commonly used to address societal impacts of new and emerging S&Ts. The methods include risk and impact assessments, ethics, media studies of representation, public perception studies, socio-technical analysis, law, integrated assessment, product life cycle analysis, participatory technology assessment, knowledge assessment and scenario/foresight exercises. Furthermore, the project will develop tools to integrate methodologies with reference to four case studies that aim to identify and engage with new networks of social, scientific and technological actors as they emerge in four innovation domains.

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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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