Universitetet i Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is a public (state) university and Norway’s second largest. The responsible department at UiB in this project is the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT). SVT is characterised by the interdisciplinary combination of Science and Technology Studies and science ethics/bioethics, philosophy and history of science, risk and complexity theory, in many cases also in transdisciplinary dialogue with practicing scientists, decision-makers and citizens. SVT undertakes research into the fields of emerging and converging technologies, food, energy and climate change, focusing on governance aspects on the intersections of science, technology and governance, and has coordinated a number of interdisciplinary research projects, including 3 FP7-Science-in-Society collaborative research projects, and participated in numerous other projects funded by FP7 and other sources. A hallmark is also the ways in which its research seeks to bridge gaps between theoretical and practical knowledge. SVT’s expertise guarantees research excellence in all aspects of the science-policy interface, including risk and uncertainty assessment and knowledge assessment, good governance and participatory methods.


Roger Strand

Principal Investigator
Roger Strand, b. 1968, Professor in philosophy of science at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway. Co-Director of the European Centre for Governance in Complexity. Originaly trained (with a phd) in biochemistry, Strand has a research focus on uncertainty and complexity at the interface between science, technology and society.

Bruna De Marchi

Bruna De Marchi is presently associate fellow at the Center for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT – Senter for vitenskapsteori) in the University of Bergen, Norway. In the last years, she also taught in the University of Ferrara and the Politecnico of Milano in Italy and worked as a private consultant. Trained as a sociologist, she has worked in multi- and inter-disciplinary projects focusing on the social and organizational aspects of crises, emergencies and disasters, risk perception, communication and governance, public engagement in health, food and environmental issues and policies.

Silvio Funtowicz

Silvio Funtowicz began his career teaching mathematics, logic and research methodology in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the 1980s he was a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, England. Until his retirement in 2011 he was a scientific officer at the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC-JRC). Since February 2012 he has been Professor II at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) at the University of Bergen, Norway. @SFuntowicz