Program for autumn 2018

Wednesday 19 Sep 2018, 14:15-15:30, Library in Tårnbygningen


Contamination, Risk & Evidence

The environmental contamination and social costs from extraction of non-renewable resources is threatening populations living close to points of extraction and processing. Despite attempts at regulation, millions of barrels of a cocktail of chemicals, drilling fluids and formation water are dumped into our seas, rivers and forests. Still, the harms caused are almost impossible to establish scientifically.

What is the problem with scientific risk methodology? And what can we do to improve it? Introductions by John McNeish, Elena Rocca, Rani Lill Anjum and Diana Roa Rubiano.


Wednesday 17 Oct 2018, 12:15 – 15:30, Library in Tårnbygningen


Philosophical BIAS in Science

Science aims to be objective, free from conflict interests and biases. But not all biases are possible to avoid. All research will contain at least some implicit assumptions, some of which are so basic that we never even think about them. But in this CAPS workshop, we will.

Fredrik Andersen will introduce the concept of a philosophical BIAS. After this, NMBU researchers and students will present some examples of philosophical BIAS in their disciplines: biology, planning and decision-making, pedagogy, economics, physics.


Wednesday 7 Nov 2018, 14:15 – 15:00, Library in Tårnbygningen

Book Launch

New Philosophy of Science books

Rani Lill Anjum and Stephen Mumford present their latest books, Causation in Science and the Methods of Scientific Discovery (Oxford) and What Tends to Be. The Philosophy of Dispositional Modality (Routledge).

The first book was written while teaching the Causation in Science course here at NMBU. The second book introduces a whole new mode of existence.

Drinks and cake will be served.


28 Nov 2018, 14:15 – 16:00, Library in Tårnbygningen

Research training seminar for early career

Philosophy in Research Practice

Elena Rocca and Rani Lill Anjum will show, with a practical exercise, how philosophy of science influences the way we plan, perform and interpret our empirical work.

The training seminar is targeted at NMBU PhD-students and Postdocs, but it is open for everyone.

Published 31. August 2018 - 9:20 - Updated 31. August 2018 - 13:58