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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.

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.

Psychology
Framside bok: Evidens og etikk

The problem with evidence-based practice in psychology

Associate professor at the University of Bergen, Henrik Berg, criticizes evidence-based practice in psychology in a new book.

Annual SVT symposium
Murmuration of starlings

SVT symposium 2020

The annual SVT symposium will encompass satellite events and a main event in December on the relation between knowledge and action under Covid-19 times.

Covid-19
Illustration: Researchers study the nuts and bolts of a box producing policy

Can we ensure that mathematical models serve society?

Inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic, UiB researchers present five principles for model quality.

Covid-19
Cinema sign: The World is Temporarily Closed

UiB researcher pens editorial about Covid-19

Bruna De Marchi, researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) at UiB, has written the editorial in the first special issue of the journal Culture e Studi del Sociale.

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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