28/04/2015 - 12:00 - Sala Marie Curie

The paradox of scientific authority: How to make biomedical sciences embedded in democracy

Scientific sessions, PRBB CRG Conferences

Wiebe Bijker

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. Maastricht, The Netherlands

Wiebe E. Bijker is professor of Technology & Society at Maastricht. He was trained as an engineer in physics (Delft), studied philosophy (Groningen), and holds a PhD in the sociology and history of technology (Twente). Bijker is Director of Studies of the research master “Cultures of Arts, Science, and Technology” (CAST).

Wiebe Bijker was President of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), and was director and chairman of the board of the Netherlands Research School on Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC) and member of the Executive Council of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). He is founding co-editor of the monograph series “Inside Technology” of MIT Press and the book series “Science and Democracy in South Asia” of Orient Blackswan. Bijker helped to create, and was the first scientific coordinator of, the European master’s degree program on Society, Science and Technology (ESST), carried out by some 18 universities in 10 European countries.

Bijker’s research focuses on the relation between technology, society, and science. Since the 1990’s political and normative issues have been central in Bijker’s research. These are being studied in a variety of empirical domains: nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, ICT, gender and technology, public health policies, science & technology for developing nations, sustainable agriculture, public participation experiments, architecture and planning. His most recent work relates to issues of vulnerability in a technological culture — including the fundamental need for some vulnerability in an innovating society. Bijker chaired various Health Council’s committees on risks and benefits of nanotechnologies and biotechnologies. Much of his current work straddles the global north and south.