CfA: Public Research and Private Knowledge – Science in Times of Diverse Research Funding (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, March 26-27, 2020, Deadline for Registration: March 10, 2020)

Submitted by Sebastian Schuol (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg).

Conference: Public Research and Private Knowledge – Science in Times of Diverse Research Funding

Venue: Hörsäle Medizin, Ulmenweg 18, 91054 Erlangen

Start: 26.03.2020 09:30

End: 27.03.2020 17:00


The production and distribution of knowledge is a key process in scientific and scholarly inquiry. In recent years, different agents have shown an increased interest in basic as opposed to applied science, for example in fields of rising social significance such as AI or biomedical technology. These research interests in turn direct attention to the sources of funding, and, as a consequence, to the direction of inquiry and the accessibility of results. The main problem that arises from this development can be expressed in two questions: First, does the influence of private funding change the selection of research topics in an epistemically or otherwise (un-)desirable direction? And second, does it lead to a privatization of knowledge, and if so, what are the consequences of this privatization?

Keynote speakers:

Manuela Fernández Pinto (Universidad de los Andes)

Bennett Holman (Yonsei University)

Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University)

Sergio Sismondo (Queen‘s University, Kingston)

Preliminary Program:


Please register until March 10th, 2020, by writing an E-Mail including your general information (name, contact, affiliation) to The conference fee is 80 € (students: 50 €) and includes lunch and coffee breaks on both days. The fee is payable via bank transfer (we will send out detailed information after confirming your participation). Please note that the fee is refundable only until February 25th, 2020.

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Michael Jungert, Julia Böttcher, Jon Leefmann, Christoph Merdes, Sebastian Schuol

Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen (Germany)