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.
New affiliated member
Jannik Zeiser of Hannover University has joined us as our new affiliated doctoral candidate. Welcome, Jannik!
Two successful dissertation defences in one week
New doctoral researcher at Hannover
We are very happy to welcome our new doctoral candidate at Hannover, Hannah Hilligardt. It’s great you are joining us!
We would like to draw your attention to two new publications by GRK 2073 postdoc Dr. Stefano Canali:
- Canali, S. (2020). Making Evidential Claims in Epidemiology: Three Strategies for the Study of the Exposome. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
How is data used as evidence in epidemiology? Building on relational views of data, Stefano Canali argues that the representational and evidential content of a dataset is specified by evidential claims. On this basis, he distinguishes and discusses three strategies currently used by epidemiologists to integrate, interpret and use large and varied datasets.
- Canali, S. (2020). What is New about the Exposome? Exploring Scientiﬁc Change in Contemporary Epidemiology. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(8), 2879.
This is a commentary for a mostly scientific audience, in which Stefano Canali analyses the origin and establishment of the exposome in the last decade of research in epidemiology. He argues that the exposome has been a significant innovation in this context – yet one that should not be seen in paradigmatic terms. This article belongs to the Special Issue The Exposome: State-of-the-Art and Future Perspectives.
Two new doctoral researchers
We are very happy to welcome three new doctoral candidates: Birgit Benzing (Leibniz University Hanover), David Stöllger (Bielefeld University), and Fabio Tollon (Bielefeld University). It’s great to have you here!
Our doctoral member Anna Höhl has started her stay as a Guest Researcher at the Institute for Science and Society at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Congratulations on this great opportunity!
Leonie Wiemeyer has started as the new coordinator. Click here for her contact details.