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11: Trust in science

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Science is the social production of improbable and uncertain knowledge. Neither experts nor lay people can anticipate the results of research. They surprise, they upset commonsense certainties, and, on the other hand, they are still uncertain. They may have to be revised in a short time. Furthermore, in doing scientific research you are dependent on the competence of many other scientists and the reliability of their work. All these aspects are related to forms and processes of trust. Scientists have to trust one another, although organized scepticism is one of the core values of modern science. Likewise, the societal relevance of scientific knowledge is based on social trust in science. The seminar will explore the mechanisms and forms of trust internal to science and at the science/society interface. The main topics of the seminar are:

1) Trust as a general mechanism in social systems. Sociological and historical foundations of understanding trust.
2) Why do scientists believe in the validity of knowledge claims? Introduction to theories of social epistemology.
3) Competition, cooperation and coauthorship in present day science. Trust-formation in the social networks of science.
4) Trust, control and the intensified observation of scientific observers. The impact of peer review and evaluation.
5) How does society deal with its futures prognosticated by science?
6) Trust in science as trust towards progress. How does society adjust to the risks related to the promise of progress?

Professor emeritus of Sociology, Institute for Science and Technology Research, Faculty of Sociolgy, Bielefeld University
President and Professor of Sociological Theory and General Sociology, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanites and Social Sciences, University of Lucerne

Dr. Wolfgang KROHN

Professor emeritus of Sociology, Institute for Science and Technology Research, Faculty of Sociolgy, Bielefeld University

Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung der Lebensbedingungen der wissenschaftlich-technischen Welt in Starnberg
 Studium der Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften
 Promotion in Hamburg mit einer Arbeit über Hegels Wissenschaft der Logik
 Habilitation in Bremen mit einer Arbeit über Francis Bacon
1970-1980
 Forschungsschwerpunkte, Forschungsgebiete:
 Theorie der Wissenschaft- und Technikentwicklung (social epistemology); Entstehung der neuzeitlichen Wissenschaft, Theorie der Selbstorganisation; Innovationsnetzwerke und Real-Experimente

Dr. Rudolf STICHWEH

President and Professor of Sociological Theory and General Sociology, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanites and Social Sciences, University of Lucerne

Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Köln Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main Professor für Soziologie, Universität Bielefeld Professor für Soziologie, Universität Luzern Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
 Studium der Soziologie und Philosophie an der FU Berlin und der Universität Bielefeld
 Promotion (1983) und Habilitation (1990) in Soziologie an der Universität Bielefeld
1985-1989
1987
1989-1994
1994-2003
seit 2003
2005-2006

Seminar Week

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20.08.2009

15:00 - 15:30 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2009 Plenary
15:30 - 17:00 Opening speeches Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 Presentation of the seminars Plenary

20.08.-26.08.2009

Seminar 09: The future of the internet Seminar
Seminar 05: Vertrauen im Recht Seminar
Seminar 08: The United Nations: International trust and global governance Seminar
Seminar 07: Trust in America: Understanding the cultures and society of the United States Seminar
Seminar 04: Confidence-building in the context of security and ethnic conflicts Seminar
Seminar 11: Trust in science Seminar
Seminar 03: Global contracts, economic crisis and rebuilding trust Seminar
Seminar 01: Vertrauensbildung in der Kommunikation – Kontrolle ist gut, Vertrauen ist besser! Seminar
Seminar 13: Trust and confidence in medicine Seminar
Seminar 14: Kunstmarkt und Vertrauen Seminar
Seminar 10: Historical aspects of trust and confidence in societies Seminar
Seminar 06: Political trust and the role of religion Seminar
Seminar 12: Building trust: Development cooperation Seminar
Seminar 02: The biological foundations of trust and social decision-making Seminar

21.08.2009

15:30 - 17:30 Plenary session “1989-2009: From revolution to normality. Challenges of city politics in Central Europe” Plenary

22.08.2009

15:30 - 17:30 Plenary session: “Integrated risk policies for global systems at risk” Plenary

24.08.2009

17:00 - 19:00 Plenary session “Public media in the digital age – Whom do you trust?” Plenary

25.08.2009

15:30 - 17:00 Plenary session “Ethics and science” Plenary