University of Bergen

Partner No. 6: University of Bergen (UiB)

University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is Norway’s second largest university with 17,000 students and 2,500 faculty and staff. The responsible department at UiB in this project is the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT).

The SVT interfaculty research centre has coordinated a number of interdisciplinary research projects on uncertainty and complexity in the interface between science, ethics and management/governance. Its research practices are characterised by the interdisciplinary combination of philosophy and history of science, STS and science ethics/bioethics, in many cases also in transdisciplinary dialogue with practising scientists, decision-makers and citizens. Accordingly, SVT is the ideal responsible department for coordinating the project as a whole.

Key Project Personnel:

Prof Dr Matthias Kaiser, is Director of the National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT) and professor in philosophy of science with part time employment at UiB / SVT. His area of expertise is philosophy of science, ethics of science and technology, and technology assessment. Kaiser has an extensive international activity, e.g. related to such organisations as ICSU, UNESCO, FAO, EURSAFE etc. He has extensive experience in leading research and expert groups. Recently he has chaired the UNESCO COMEST expert group that prepared the UNESCO report on the Precautionary Principle. He was also invited expert to FAO/WHO expert consultations on transgenic animals for Codex Alimentarius. Kaiser has extensive contact to the aquaculture sector, e.g. EAS, has participated in the EC funded aquaculture project CONSENSUS, and is currently President of the European Society for Food and Agricultural Ethics (EurSafe). More details.
Dr. Arne Sveinson Haugen, is trained as a fishery biologist with substantial professional experience in aquaculture and fish feed industry. In this capacity he was actively involved in projects aiming at improving sustainability in the industry, in particular in Asia. He has recently received his doctorate (supervised by Kaiser) from the Faculty of Science at the University of Oslo on ethical issues in aquaculture with the purpose to contribute to ethical accounting for industry. As a Post-doc he will be working part-time on the proposed project.
Vibeke Almaas
Scott Bremer is a New Zealander with a professional and research background in natural resource management, planning, and policy analysis. After a number of years working as a coastal manager in New Zealand local government, Scott returned to academia in 2007, and pursued a PhD on the science-policy interface for Integrated Coastal Zone Management, through the University of Versailles, France. This research saw Scott participating in a large-scale EU research project, the SPICOSA Project, and has seen his research interests broadened to include science and technology, Environmental governance and deliberative approaches. Scott joins the SEAT Project as a new researcher at the University of Bergen. He is excited at exploring aquaculture as a new though not uncharted field for him, and the shift of emphasis from stakeholder deliberation for mobilising knowledge, towards mobilising values and ethical positions

NN: A doctoral project researcher or project assistant shall be assigned to the project upon start to assist the work.

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