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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

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.

News

Uncomfortable knowledge

The MAGIC project has released a set of 2-minutes cartoons with uncomfortable knowledge. Watch them here.

Reinerts ansikt
Oct 22

The Equality Assumption: Uneven development and the history of economic thought

Seminar with professor Erik Reinert, Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies, Tallinn University of Technology.

European blog
Ubåt på havets bunn

Science and policy making - the Fedje submarine

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has interviewed Professor Matthias Kaiser from SVT at their blog.

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES
Jakob Grandin and Jan Reinert Karlsen

Engaging students as European citizens in the 21st century

"We are particularly excited about providing an arena for European students to become active co-creators of their education".

Course
ilustasjon
Nov 18

Numbers for policy: Practical problems in quantification

The course introduces concepts of practice and ethics of quantification, seen as an antidote to inconsiderate uses of numbers both in academia and in society. It shows the pitfalls to be avoided and offers - with examples, tools and recipes for reasonable uses of quantitative methods. The course...

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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