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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

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 and Ethics in UiB's PhD programmes. The Centre is also responsible for the content and administration of the Master of Philosophy in Sustainability.

Norwegian Centres of Excellence
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SVT application in the final to become Norwegian Centre of Excellence

Out of 161 applications, SVT’s Centre of Actionable Knowledges (AcKnowledges) was one of 36 initiatives nationwide that made it to round two of the call.

Podcast
Teksten CET Klimasnakk i blått og en hvit hodetelefon

Epistemic Communities: The Role of Scientists for Deep Decarbonization

Kjetil Rommetveit from SVT is behind this first episode of the podcast series ClimatenergyTalk! by Centre for Energy and Climate Transformation (CET).
New research project
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The covid-19 pandemic: A watershed in the development of digital politics

Associate professor at UiB, Kjetil Rommetveit, has received funding from the Research Council of Norway (RCN) to study contact tracing under covid-19 as digital politics.

The Young Academy of Europe
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Young and outspoken about science and policy

UiB researcher Arjan Wardekker was recently admitted to The Young Academy of Europe (YAE), a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists for networking, advocacy, scientific exchange, and science policy.

New course
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Meet the climate challenge in new UiB course

Take on the transformative challenges of our time together with motivated students from around Europe in the new course "Facing Grand Challenges: A European research program"

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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