The DFG research training group GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research” is a graduate research group (Graduiertenkolleg) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The group is chaired by Prof. Dr. Torsten Wilholt (Leibniz Universität Hannover) and co-chaired by Prof. Dr. Martin Carrier (Bielefeld University). It combines the strengths of the universities of Hannover and Bielefeld in philosophy of science by creating a joint program (the two cities are a mere 50 minutes train ride apart).
The program is directed at overcoming the divide between theoretical philosophy (epistemology and metaphysics) and practical philosophy (ethics and political philosophy) of science. It primarily focuses on research questions that require serious attention to both areas. The status of policy advice on the basis of computer simulations in climate science, the balancing of research goals and ethical aspects of medical treatment in clinical trials, the appropriate role of intellectual property in science, or the prospects of social scientific research on the basis of social network data are just a few examples of topics that ought in our view be treated by drawing on the resources of theoretical and practical philosophy and taking both equally seriously.