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»The End of Science and Beyond« – Part II 2013

Videostreams of Prof. Giuseppe Testa's lecture are available:

Lecture of Prof. Giuseppe Testa
Discussion after the lecture

On November 8th 2013 Professor Dr. med. Giuseppe Testa, head of the laboratory of Stem Cell Epigenetics at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan comes to Kiel University:
„So long as men can breathe or eyes can see: Kein Ende der Wissenschaft“


Foto Prof. Paulsen
Prof. Frederik Paulsen
  Foto Prof. Fouquet
Prof. Gerhard Fouquet

We all realise that science is changing visibly. Examples are such spectacular technologies and instruments as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN or the Mars-Rover „Curiosity“. We also see significant amounts of scientific data and publications being available and science interacting with the public in new ways.

But do we also see essential changes in science and research besides the ones we are able to observe? Are our underlying assumptions, assignments or the ways we conduct science changing as well? What role does science play in and for the public? Can we keep up the common agreement that we need to separate culture from nature, facts from significance, natural science from the arts and humanities? Are we actually able to find natural environments where we can do research?

„The End of Science and Beyond“ – that is the conference’s theme. Speakers from Europe and Canada will be discussing this topic at the Kiel Kunsthalle at the end of October. Scientists from all disciplines and the public are welcome to join this event. This conference drew its theme from the article „The End of Science“ by Dr James Le Fanu, published on June, 19 in the Neue Züricher Zeitung. Le Fanu wrote: „Never before has research received so much funding, never before have so many studies been published – and never before has so little been accomplished. Modern science has reached a blind alley.“

We consider this thesis on the end of science as an invitation to reflect critically upon our own work as scientists at Universities. It is time to ponder research and science, their role in society and our own self-perception. What are we contributing? How do we define ourselves? What expectations which society has towards our work do we perceive?

We, Professor Frederik Paulsen, promoter of this event, and I want to invite you to start a constructive dialogue on the role of science. The presentations are meant to encourage us to leave our anchorage and look for new bearings. Speakers will introduce core issues, which are especially pregnant and pressing within their disciplines. During the conference, they will meet general scientific and epistemological positions.

With this conference we would like to start a discourse.

Prof. Frederik Paulsen
Executive Chairman and Chairman of
Board of Directors of Ferring Holding
Prof. Gerhard Fouquet
President of Kiel University

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