Virtual conference on interdisciplinarity, sustainability and expert disagreement

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Interdisciplinarity and Expert Disagreement in Sustainability Research: Uncovering the Philosophical Biases of Scientific Controversies

MINI-CONFERENCE, 10 - 11 June 2020, Aas, Norway (virtual event)

Link to talks and abstracts (NOW OPEN)

Research and practice for a sustainable future require that we synchronise efforts from multiple fronts. Experts from different fields must think, evaluate and act as a team. For this, we need a common academic culture and to speak a common language. And yet, it is hard to find a topic on sustainability that is free from scientific controversy: food production and consumption, GMOs, solar panels, nudging, fish farming, electric cars, etc.

Any discipline is situated within a paradigm where the scientific framework is set: theories, concepts, methods, research agenda, etc. Some academic cultures are very explicit about what is 'allowed' or 'accepted' practice, while in others it will be more difficult to discover the boundaries before stepping over them.

The aim of the mini-conference is to show how philosophical biases (basic implicit assumptions in science) can influence theory, models, methodological choices, evidence evaluation, predictions and interpretation of results, by looking at some real-life cases of scientific disagreements.

The speakers will present concrete examples and cases where philosophical biases (conceptual, epistemological, ethical or ontological) play an important role in scientific controversies. (See ‘Philosophical bias is the one bias that science cannot avoid’ for other examples.)

PROGRAM (link to talks)

INTRO LECTURES

 

An attempt to transform scientific controversies into constructive dialogue, Elena Rocca and Rani Lill Anjum

 

Certainty, objectivity, values, facts: Some basic concerns about philosophical bias in science, Svein Anders Noer Lie

 

Bridging the Interdisciplinary Gap: Unifying Scientific Thought Processes, Valdi Ingthorsson

SESSION A

 

SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION AND FOOD SYSTEMS

 

 

‘Frankenswine’, genome editing, and the question of sustainable pig farming, Stephan Guttinger

 

Scientific language, ideals and assumptions: Sustainable agriculture seen through two incompatible scientific lenses, Milutin Stojanovic

SESSION B

 

CLIMATE CHANGE AND ADAPTATION: CONSERVATION, GOVERNANCE, FITNESS

 

 

Saving the Unicorn of the Sea: Science, ethics and politics in the sustainable management of narwhal in east Greenland, Fern Wickson

 

Philosophical bias and adaptation to climate change: ‘how fit is it, really’, Vanessa Triviño Alonso

SESSION C

 

DIGITALISATION AND POLICY

 

 

Tensions in decision-making for sustainable development: presenting a digital tool and some biases, Carla Susana A. Assuad

 

Sustainable care for an ageing population; interdisciplinary tensions around the role of remote care technologies, Andrew Eccles

SESSION D

 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: MAKING RATIONAL DECISIONS

 

 

Social media and censorship – tensions over social sustainability, Fredrik Andersen

 

What is the social cost of carbon? Philosophical tensions in integrated assessment modelling, Henrik Thoren

 

Two narratives in the circular economics controversy, Roger Strand

 

Organising committee: Rani Lill Anjum and Elena Rocca, NMBU CAPS

Published 21. January 2020 - 12:56 - Updated 9. June 2020 - 16:14