• E-mailMatthias.Kaiser@uib.no
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philosophy of science, ethics of science and technology, technology assessment, science-for-policy

Twitter account: @MatthiasKaise14

Selection of 10 recent peer reviewed publications

  1. Kaiser, M. & Algers, A. (2017) “Trust in food and Trust in Science”, Food Ethics (2017) 1:93–95;
  2. Kaiser, M. (2017), “Franken-food or techno-fix? – Ethical issues with GMOs in Europe”, in: Towards a new regulatory framework for GM crops in the European Union, Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio (ed.), Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  3. Strand, R. & Kaiser, M. (2017), “Ethical issues raised by emerging sciences and technologies”, in: Convergence of New Emerging Technologies – Ethical Challenges and New Responsibilities, L. Caenazzo, L. Mariani, & R. Pegoraro (eds.), Piccin Nuova Libraria S.p.A.; Padova, Italy 2017.
  4. Saltelli, A., Benini, L., Funtowicz, S., Giampietro, M., Kaiser, M., Reinert, E., & van der Sluijs, J. P. (2020). The technique is never neutral. How methodological choices condition the generation of narratives for sustainability. Environmental Science & Policy, 106, 87-98.
  5. Andorno, R., Baylis, F.,et al.:….., Graumann, S., Grüber, K., Kaiser, M., …. , Zuscinova, J. (2020), “Geneva Statement on Heritable Human Genome Editing: The Need for Course Correction.”, Trends in Biotechnology (Cell Press Reviews), ISSN: 0167-7799 , 1879-3096; DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.12.022
  6. Bremer S, Millar K, Wright N, Kaiser M (2015) Responsible techno-innovation in aquaculture: Employing ethical engagement to explore attitudes to GM salmon in Northern Europe, Aquaculture, 437, 370 – 381. 
  7. Kaiser M (2014) The integrity of science – Lost in translation? Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bpg.2014.03.003
  8. Blanchard A, Hauge KH, Andersen G, Fosså JH, Grøsvik BE, Handegard NO, Kaiser M, Meier S, Olsen E, Vikebø F (2013) Harmful routines? Uncertainty in science and conflicting views on routine petroleum operations in Norway. Marine Policy 43:313-320.
  9. Kaiser M (2012) Commentary: Looking for conflict and finding none? Public Understanding of Science 21(2):188-194.
  10. Devos Y, Demont M, Dillen K, Reheul D, Kaiser M, Sanvido O (2008) Coexistence of genetically modified (GM) and non-GM crops in the European Union. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, available online at: www.agronomy-journal.org

Books the last 10 years:

- Droste-Franke B, Carrier M, Kaiser M, Schreurs M, Weber C, Ziesemer T (2015) Improving Energy Decisions – Towards Better Scientific Policy Advice for a Safe and Secure Future Energy System, Springer: Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-11346-3.

- Gethmann, CF, Carrier M., Hanekamp G, Kaiser M., Kamp G, Lingner S, Quante M, Thiele F (2015) Interdisciplinary Research and Trans-disciplinary Validity Claims, Springer: Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-11400-2.


Matthias Kaiser is Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT) at the University of Bergen, and Prof. II at the NTNU in Trondheim, having studied at the Universities of Munich, Oslo, Stanford and Frankfurt. His areas of expertise include: philosophy of science (Dr.phil.), ethics of science, and technology assessment. He is also an Affiliated Fellow at the Koi Tū Centre for Informed Futures at the University of Auckland.


Matthias was born in Germany, in Leipzig, which at the time was still under a communist regime. Luckily his parents escaped to West Germany in the nick of time before the Berlin Wall. There he was a refugee! Even though just starting school, this experience of a very different culture and regime turned him into a sceptic of all presumed authorities, in other words, he became a philosopher at a young age. After high school - which was mainly about the natural sciences and mathematics- he wanted to study something different, so he studied philosophy. But already during the second term he found out that he cannot do philosophy without a good grasp of logic, and that brought him to study mathematics. For his thesis he wanted to combine philosophy and logic, so he went to Norway where he had some good professors. Now he was also an immigrant! His interests turned to the sciences, both fascinated by their theories, and at the same time puzzled by the misuse of science in politics. He started to ask questions about ethics in science which made him unpopular in some quarters. Now there is no trace of logic left in him, he is all about ambiguity and uncertainty, in science as in life. Furthermore, he is deeply puzzled about values, wondering about his own, but mostly about those of other people, the academic lot in particular. His life has turned post-normal, and he thinks this is a good basis for work in the science-policy interface.

Else he has written a thriller, he likes to cook for others, and he plays electric blues bass. Politically he is a hard-core liberal European to the bone!

  • Project leadership during the past 10 years (excluding partner in EU projects):

PI and coordinator: “Research integrity in Norway” (RINO), collaboration between UiB, HVL, og FEK, 2016-2019.

PI and coordinator: “Transforming Climate Knowledge with and for Society” (TRACKS), NFR. (This project was rated #1 of 132 proposals.)

Coordinator: “The Landscape and Isobars of European Values in Relation to Science and New Technology”
(Value Isobars), EU FP7, 2009 – 2011.

Coordinator: “Nordic Network for agriculture and food ethics”, NordForsk, 2007 – 2010.

Leader of WP8: “Sustainable Ethical Aquaculture Trade” (SEAT), EU FP7, 2009 – 2013.
Chair: “Philosophy of science for use”, granted from the European Science Foundation, (7-ESF-LiU-007).