University of Bergen · Project participants

Roger Strand

Strand has coordinated two EU FP7 projects (TECHNOLIFE and EPINET) that addressed the need for a more dynamic governance of science in society. He has also coordinated a number of international research projects on the ethical and societal aspects of biotechnology, nanotechnology and medicine with funding from the Research Council of Norway. Strand has been Chairman of the European Commission Expert Group on Indicators for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as well as commissioned by the Council of Europe to write a report on how the CoE should deal with the ethical challenges of new and emerging technologies. Roger Strand is a trained natural scientist (Dr. scient. biochemistry, 1998), with additional studies in philosophy and Classical Latin. Since 1993, he has been affiliated with SVT. This has gradually led his research into broader strands of social research, philosophy and broader issues of policy, decision-making and governance at the science-society interface. In 2005, at age 37, Strand was appointed Professor and Director of SVT. During his directorship, SVT grew in size and production, mainly because of externally funded research projects coordinated by Strand. He has taught ethics and philosophy of science at several HEI, and at all faculties at the University of Bergen. For an official publication list, see the Norwegian research archive CRISTIN here.

Jan Reinert Karlsen

Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (University of Bergen). He received his training in philosophy of science and medical research ethics at the University of Bergen and University of Oslo, respectively. He holds the degrees of Cand. Philol. (2003) and Ph.D. (2011). His main research contributions have been made within the fields of historical epistemology, medical research ethics and philosophy of the life sciences. The focal point of his studies has been on the dynamics of (self) interpretation, signification and representation of science in the science-policy and science-humanities interfaces. He has studied the problem of demarcation in philosophy of science through adapting Georges Canguilhem ́s concept of ‘scientific ideology’ to the history of molecular genetics and analysed the inherent paradoxes and normative complexities, which emerge at the policy level, of adopting medical research ethics to the contexts of genomic science, research biobanking and xenotransplantation. His current research interests centres around the epistemology of suffering, the problem of complexity within cognitive neuroscience and the CRISPR/Cas9- debate. Karlsen has been affiliated with the Centre for the studies of the sciences and the humanities since 1999, both as a student and later as a member of its permanent staff. He has participated on several international research projects and has served on a range of committees and councils.

Jeroen van der Sluijs

Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Science and the Humanities (University of Bergen) and at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (Utrecht University, The Netherlands). His research seeks to increase the understanding of the phenomenon and dynamics of scientific controversy on contemporary old, new and emerging environmental and health risks. He works on contested science in the fields of climate change, pollinator decline, fish stock assessments, endocrine disruptors, elcetromagnetic fields, nanoparticles, underground storage of CO2, risk migration in sustainable technologies.

Matthias Kaiser

Director of Centre for the Study of Science and the Humanities and previous Director of the Norwegian Research Ethics Committee for Science and Technology. He coordinated the FP7 VALUE ISOBARS project, which addressed the need for new ethical frameworks in the development of a more dynamic governance of science in society. His area of expertise is philosophy of science, ethics of science and technology, and technology assessment. Kaiser has an extensive international activity related to ICSU, UNESCO, FAO, EURSAFE etc. He chaired the UNESCO COMEST expert group that prepared the UNESCO report on the Precautionary Principle. He has also extensive teaching experience in these issues from a wide variety of HEI.

Rasmus Slaattelid

Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (University of Bergen). Research field: models and images in science. Evidence-based policy making. Science policy. Philosophy of the Humanities. Science in literature. For an official publication list, see the Norwegian research archive CRISTIN here.