The Junior Research Group hosted the Annual Workshop of the German Network of Early Career Scientists within Future Earth

What does it mean for Early Career Scientists to do transdisciplinary research within the context of Future Earth?

Young researchers of the German Network of Early Career Scientists in Future Earth discussed this question during its first annual meeting with regard to theoretical and methodological implications but also concerning career options and potential joint projects. The 2-day event (23./24.3.2015), funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and organised by the German Network of Early Career Scientists in Future Earth, was hosted by the Junior Research Group.

A more detailed report has been published at the Future Earth blog.


Meeting friends and colleagues from SVT Bergen

From 15-19 March 2015, our friends and colleagues of the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (Senter for vitenskapsteori, SVT)  in Bergen went into retreat at Tuebingen in order to discuss the centre’s institutional strategies – and to get inspired by the city of Hegel, Schelling and Hölderlin and the birthplace of the Positivismusstreit on values in social sciences in 1961.

During this retreat, members of the SVT and IZEW met to present and discuss their respective projects. It became apparent that both centers deal with similar social and ethical challenges (digitalization, data protection, climate change, sustainable development, environmental

Anthropozän Campus im HKW Berlin

Anthropozän Campus im HKW Berlin

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The idea that humans are the driving force in today’s Earth system, leaving a distinct layer of rock in the Earth’s crust, is the essence of the Anthropocene hypothesis. While the material history of such a development remains contested not just within the stratigraphic community that concerns itself with the definition of a universal geological timescale, it is without doubt that the intellectual history of the Anthropocene is advancing at an accelerating pace. One manifestation of this is the increasing interest of established research and cultural institutions in the development of

‚Ein Bericht‘ of the Anthropocene Project at HKW, Berlin

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Two weeks ago I attended the Anthropozän Bericht, a series of events that marked the conclusion of the Anthropozän Projekt at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin. The long weekend from the 16th to the 19th of October comprised an extensive programme of different activities, which together sought to emphasise that the traditional methods of knowledge production, defined by the dichotomy between natural sciences and humanities, has become obsolete. In his introduction to the weekend of talks, demonstrations and exhibitions, Bernd Scherer (director of the HKW) explained that

Workshop „Water Ethics“

Das Aquarium – das Aquarium ist der inoffizielle Name einer der größeren Seminarräume im Hause des Internationalen Zentrums für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (IZEW). Seinen Namen trägt er wegen zweier riesiger Glasfronten, die Passanten von der Straße aus stets guten Einblick in den Seminarraum gewähren, wenn Studierende am Tage in Veranstaltungen büffeln oder öffentliche Abendvorträge den Raum bis spät in den Abend hinein erleuchten.
Passenderweise war das Aquarium am Montag, den 10. März 2014, der Veranstaltungsort des öffentlichen Workshops zum Thema „Water Ethics“. Geladen hatte die Nachwuchsforschergruppe Wissenschaftsethik der Forschung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung des IZEW, also wir, um mit Forschern der

Human-Animal-Studies Konferenz

Vom 6. bis 8. Februar 2014 fand in Innsbruck die internationale Human-Animal-Studies-Konferenz statt, welche u.a. zum Ziel hatte, die Gegensätze von Theorie und Praxis zu überwinden und einen weiteren Anstoß dazu zu geben, nichtmenschliche Tiere als Lebewesen mit eigenen Interessen und Erfahrungen zu respektieren und entsprechend zu behandeln. Die Interdisziplinarität und das breite Feld der Human-Animal-Studies wurden sowohl durch die Vielfältigkeit der über 50 Vorträge deutlich, als auch durch die fünf Sektionen, in die die Vorträge untergliedert waren:

Nichtmenschliche Tiere in

–          Literatur und Medien

–          Geschichte und Recht

–          Der Sprache

–          Sozialwissenschaften

–          Philosophie und Religion

Neben den

How do we do research on climate change?

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The opening meeting of the Climate Change Research Group (CCRG) was hosted by King’s College London on Wednesday 29th of January 2014. By focussing on the question, ‘How do we do research on climate change?’, the organisers sought to attract a variety of academics working within the field of climate change covering all disciplines including social, political and physical science. The explicitly reflective element of this central question, however, attracted few academics currently working in natural science. Nevertheless, the group of participants was hardly homogenous but it involved people from across

Thinking the Anthropocence

Thinking the Anthropocence

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The conference ‘Thinking the Anthropocene’ that took place in Paris on the 14th and 15th of November 2013 was ‘designed to begin the rethinking of the social sciences and humanities demanded by the arrival of the new geological epoch, the “Age of Humans”’. It was based on the idea that the rise of the Anthropocene as a concept is shifting the Enlightenment foundations of the social sciences and humanities, namely its conception of the natural world. Inherent in such a shift, so the organisers, is a rethinking of such central tenets

German Future Earth Summit

German Future Earth Summit

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Future Earth is a new 10-year international research initiative that will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. Future Earth will mobilise thousands of scientists while strengthening partnerships with policy-makers and other stakeholders to provide sustainability options and solutions.
The summit taking place on the 27th and 28th of January 2014 in Berlin made for the launch event of the German branch of this global research initiative. Its aim was to provide