University of Bergen Team

Carl Walter Matthias Kaiser

Team Leader

Matthias Kaiser (Dr. phil.; philosophy, University of Frankfurt, after studies at the universities of LMU Munich, Frankfurt a.M., Oslo, and Stanford) is Professor at and Director of the Centre for the Study of Science and the Humanities (SVT) at the University of Bergen. His areas of competence include social studies of science and technology, history of science, ethics, logic, history of philosophy.  Kaiser's research activities are typically set in a multi- and inter-disciplinary environment. He is thoroughly familiar with matters of science and technology policy, and scientific integrity. He has a special interest in the Precautionary Principle and in participatory methods, among others the use of the ethical matrix. He has published two books and (co-) authored numerous articles in the fields of philosophy of science, ethics of science, and technology assessment.

Silvio Funtowicz

Silvio Funtowicz is now a professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities of the University of Bergen, Norway. He taught mathematics, logic and research methodology in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the 1980’s he was a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, England. Since early 1990's, until his retirement in 2011, he was a member of the European Commission - Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC). He has authored publications on Post-normal Science and the book Uncertainty and Quality in Science for Policy in collaboration with Jerry Ravetz, and numerous papers in the field of environmental and technological risks and policy-related research.

Bruna De Marchi

Bruna De Marchi is presently an associate researcher at the Center for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT–Senter for vitenskapsteori) in the University of Bergen, Norway. In the last years she also taught in the University of Ferrara and the Politecnico of Milano in Italy and worked as a private consultant, after being in charge of the Mass Emergencies Programme at the Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia, Italy for two decades. In the early 1990s she was with the European Commission Joint Research Centre at Ispra, as a seconded national expert. She has broad research interests, including the social and organizational aspects of crises, emergencies and disasters, risk perception, communication and governance, public engagement in health, food and environment related issues and policies. Trained as a sociologist, she has worked mostly in a multi- and inter-disciplinary environment, as also reflected in her publications.

Scott Bremer

Scott Bremer’s (Dr. phil) professional and academic background is broadly in environmental governance and natural resource management, with a particular focus on integrated coastal management and aquaculture. His research draws on the particular lessons for environmental governance offered by the philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and the fields of practical ethics, including environmental, agricultural and food ethics. He has published extensively on different approaches at the science-policy interface for integrated coastal management. More recently his research has focussed on the governance of the rapidly-growing aquaculture industry, and the challenges associated with new technologies and globalisation; exploring their ethical, legal and social implications. Scott has a particular interest in participatory approaches, both relative to mobilising science for decision-making and in applied ethical enquiries.

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