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Mini-conference on interdisciplinarity, sustainability and expert disagreement

Mini-conference on interdisciplinarity, sustainability and expert disagreement

A mini-conference will be held at NMBU in June showing how many scientific controversies concerning sustainability come down to different philosophical biases adopted in the various disciplines as parts of scientific theory, methods, models and norms. The talks will fall into four thematic sessions: Sustainable food production and food systems; Climate change and adaption; Digitalisation and policy; Social responsibility and rational decision-making.

New course on interdisciplinarity in sustainability research

New course on interdisciplinarity in sustainability research

In June 2020, NMBU will offer a pilot course open to all Bachelor, Master and PhD students. The course title is ‘PHI300/PHI404 Interdisciplinarity and Expert Disagreement in Sustainability Research’, it is research-based and organised by the Centre for Applied Philosophy of Science.

Call for papers on the philosophy of risk and safety in medicine

Call for papers on the philosophy of risk and safety in medicine

This is a call for papers for the first philosophy issue of the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine. The guest editors are Elena Rocca and Rani Lill Anjum.

Listen to the sounds in Plato's cave

Listen to the sounds in Plato's cave

New publication in Phenomenology & Practice by CAPS collaborator, Professor Edvin Østergaard!

Philosophers for Sustainability

Philosophers for Sustainability

 NMBU CAPS has joined the international initiative Philosophers for Sustainability. Here is our statement of commitment.

Meaningless numbers: reflections on risk & causality

Meaningless numbers: reflections on risk & causality

CAPS has invited John-Arne Skolebekken, Professor at NTNU, Department of Public Health and Nursing Faculty of Medicine and Health Science to talk about risk, causality and risk communication. The seminar is open for all students and staff.

 

Urban planning, climate change and nature conservation: How can we avoid planning for failure?

Urban planning, climate change and nature conservation: How can we avoid planning for failure?

Join us for an interdisciplinary seminar about the nature of our cities and urban areas - as habitats for many species, including humans. The theme encompasses the challenges posed by climate change in an urban setting. How do we plan, predict and manage in this dynamic environment? What philosophies underpin the way we think about nature in cities?

New CAPS publication on philosophical bias in science

New CAPS publication on philosophical bias in science

In this new paper published in eLife, Fredrik Andersen, Rani Lill Anjum and Elena Rocca argue that there is one type of bias that science cannot avoid, namely philosophical biases.

Philosophy Film Thursdays

Philosophy Film Thursdays

Welcome to Philosophy Film Thursdays in the Tower building! We will be watching 7 films this semester with philosophical themes as part of PHI102. There will be a short introduction to help the audience get into the philosophical mind-set before watching the film. Bring your friends and colleagues and learn some philosophy through films. Free entry.

Basic assumptions in urban and planning research

Basic assumptions in urban and planning research

Join us for a discussion on bias in science, and specifically in the field of planning. Open seminar hosted by the Urban and Planning Philosophy research group. 
Friday 23 November, 13:00-15:00, Meeting Room 301, KA Building, NMBU Ås campus. All welcome.

Research collaboration between Uppsala Monitoring Centre and NMBU CAPS

Research collaboration between Uppsala Monitoring Centre and NMBU CAPS

A new collaborative research project started up at NMBU on 1 October, funded by UMC, a WHO center for drug safety.

New CAPS publication in Risk Analysis

New CAPS publication in Risk Analysis

Rani Lill Anjum and Elena Rocca's new paper, 'From ideal to real risk. Philosophy of causation meets risk analysis', discusses how risk assessment methodologies can be improved by rethinking the notion of causation.

Living with complexity and big data. Causal dispositionalism for drug safety

Living with complexity and big data. Causal dispositionalism for drug safety

We have seen a lot of interest in the CauseHealth approach and issues during these last years, especially among medical practitioners who see a need for a more person centered healthcare. Can this be useful also outside the clinic? Yes, according to senior medical advisor at the WHO Uppsala Monitoring Center for Drug Safety, Ralph Edwards.

Program for autumn 2018

Program for autumn 2018

CAPS presents is back with a new program. All meetings are held in the main library in the Tower building, on a Wednesday afternoon. There will be four meetings, including a seminar, a workshop, a book launch and a research training course for early career researchers. The events are open for all.

CAPS student pool

CAPS student pool

We now have an NMBU CAPS student pool in our collaborative network. Let us know if you want to join.

New publication

New publication

What evidence does evidence based medicine need? In a new CAPS publication, Elena Rocca explains the crucial role of judgement and theoretical knowledge when evaluating the quality of evidence.

Celebration of the official opening of CAPS

Celebration of the official opening of CAPS

CAPS would like to welcome everyone to the official opening of the centre. There will be a reception with drinks and cake, and philosopher Stephen Mumford will talk about free will.

CAPS presents lecture series

CAPS presents lecture series

The official opening of our new Centre for Applied Philosophy of Science at NMBU is marked with a lecture series, CAPS presents. The lectures are open for all.

Interdisciplinary society on serendipity - and a new CAPS publication

Interdisciplinary society on serendipity - and a new CAPS publication

In this interview, CAPS philosopher Samantha Copeland explains what serendipity, and the Serendipity Society, is all about. We also learn more about her new article on serendipity for Synthese.

Report from the Philosophy of Pharmacology session at the 9th Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP9)

Report from the Philosophy of Pharmacology session at the 9th Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP9)

Representing the CauseHealth project, Elena Rocca and Rani Anjum went to ECAP9 in Munich in August for a joint session on the philosophy of pharmacology.

Next CauseHealth event: The Guidelines Challenge

Next CauseHealth event: The Guidelines Challenge

This conference brings together practitioners, guidelines networks and philosophers of science to address the general problem of how to put the tools of philosophy to use in improving the development and implementation of healthcare guidelines. Keynote speakers: Nancy Cartwright, Trish Greenhalgh, Mike Kelly and Brian Broom.

New publication on risk assessment

New publication on risk assessment

In a new article, 'How biological background assumptions influence scientific risk evaluation of stacked genetically modified plants', published in Life Sciences, Society and Policy, Elena Rocca and Fredrik Andersen show that, when evaluating health risks related to the use of genetically modified plants in agriculture, different ontological starting points play an essential role for the final risk evaluation.

Evidence synthesis in pharmacology

Evidence synthesis in pharmacology

Report from the interdisciplinary workshop Drug Safety, Probabilistic Causal Assessment, and Evidence Synthesis, organised by the PhilPharma project at the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy.

Causation in Science module at NMBU

Causation in Science module at NMBU

The CAPS philosophers have developed a module that gives students a chance to reflect critically over the foundations of scientific methods, norms and practices. The course is taught in the June block.

Better evidence for better healthcare - a CauseHealth discussion

Better evidence for better healthcare - a CauseHealth discussion

A blog series from the CauseHealth collaborators commenting on the CEBM initiative for improving healthcare.

Best Thesis Award to CAPS philosopher

Best Thesis Award to CAPS philosopher

Samantha Copeland has won one of two Best Thesis Awards from Dalhousie University for her doctoral thesis on serendipity.