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Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities

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Contact information

Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT)
Visting address: Parkveien 9
Postal address: PB 7805, 5020 Bergen
Phone: +47 55 58 27 05
E-mail: post@svt.uib.no

Research and teaching

The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) is an interdisciplinary and interfaculty centre at the University of Bergen with a responsibility 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.

New research
Jeroen Van der Sluijs

SVT publication on list of most downloaded papers

Jeroen Van der Sluijs' paper, "Insect decline, an emerging global environmental risk", is among the most downloaded of the journal's papers in the last 90 days, three weeks after publication.
Citizen science
A woman, a man and a cake with a candle shaped as the number 3

Citizen science project wins 3rd place

The project Meet je Stad (Measure your City), which has links to two UiB research projects, has been named the 3rd most sustainable Dutch initiative.

Climate change
Members of the Bergen Filharmonic Orchestra with umbrellas

Stories of climate adaptation across Europe

UiB researchers Scott Bremer and Diana Wildschut have together with Werner Krauss co-edited a special issue about narratives in the journal Climate Risk Management.

New book
Frontpage of book The Nexus Times - images of fruits, vegs and plants

Thought-provoking new book about sustainability

Researchers at UiB launch a new book in connection with the completion of the MAGIC project. The publication consists of the project members’ thought-provoking and radical ideas about sustainability.

Higher education policy
Framsida av universitetsmuseet

Working life relevancy must be reconsidered

Professor emeritus at the University of Bergen, Gunnar Skirbekk, is worried about a new proposal for financing higher education institutions in Norway.

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.

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

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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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