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Ausschreibung – Fellowships in der CAS Research Group "Persuading under Uncertainty: Challenges and Norms of Science Communication"

The Center for Advanced Studies at LMU Munich is a forum for intensive international academic exchange. Its purpose is to promote cooperation with national and international Visiting Fellows who work closely on collaborative projects with LMU professors. In order to intensify cooperation between researchers at LMU Munich and leading experts from other universities, the Center has set up a major new program, the CAS Research Groups, and herein offers

in the Research Group "Persuading under Uncertainty:
Challenges and Norms of Science Communication"

The CAS Research Group "Persuading under Uncertainty: Challenges and Norms of Science Communication" is initiated by Professor Ophelia Deroy, Ph.D. (Chair in Philosophy of Mind, LMU) and will commence its work in October 2021.

The CAS Research Group will focus on the communication of scientific uncertainty – which is a key issue for society and science institutions. Science is inherently uncertain, be it in its measurements, its capacity to confirm hypotheses, or because of the absence of consensus across disciplines and scientists. This uncertainty however, if communicated, can both work for and against scientific credibility. This project's originality comes from taking a normative perspective on a topic most often considered from a strategic perspective: not to look at how to effectively communicate scientific findings surrounded by uncertainty, but how legitimate this possibly effective communication can be. Another goal will be to focus on the actors and channels of science communication: scientists themselves, but also scientific journals and editors, official and social media, and other science institutions. Are these different channels coming with different norms and goals, when it comes to representing or taming the uncertainty of science, or shall they follow the same norms? Is misrepresenting uncertainty irresponsible, or on the contrary, part of what scientific communicators need to take responsibility for?

The Research Group will examine these timely questions by pushing forward new issues in social epistemology, philosophy and psychology of persuasion and the practice and ethics of science communication. The CAS Research Group will bring together internationally renowned researchers who are invited to LMU Munich to contribute to the Group’s research. Applications are welcomed from all the main substantive sub-disciplines in social epistemology or philosophy of special sciences but also from experts in empirical and theoretical methods relevant to the CAS Research Group, including psychologists, computational scientists and experts in science communication. Both senior and junior (postdoc) researchers are encouraged to apply.

The Center for Advanced Studies will provide financial and organizational support for visits of between four weeks and nine months during the period between October 2021 and September 2022. Travel and accommodation will be paid for and an expense allowance or other compensation (according to individual agreement) will be provided to cover operating costs or as recompense for any loss of income sustained. Guests will receive a workspace in the Center and will have access to all its facilities. Visiting researchers will find an open and stimulating research environment in an interdisciplinary setting.

Applications should consist of a brief outline (1-2 pages) of the expertise, field of exchange and intended contribution to the CAS Research Group. Applications should also contain relevant credentials and a résumé including a list of the most recent publications. In order to strengthen the role of women in research, female scholars are strongly encouraged to apply.

For any questions on the CAS Research Groups please contact Dr. Julia Schreiner.

Please submit all the application documents electronically (in one PDF file) by
8 February 2021 to:

Center for Advanced StudiesLMU (CASLMU)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


Note: Please send your electronic application material combined into one PDF file.

Application deadline is 8 February 2021.