Beteiligte Forscher

Active reseachers [as of end of 2010]

The nanooffice is supported with active research by the following persons:

  • Christopher Coenen
  • Arianna Ferrari
  • Stefan Gammel
  • Reinhard Heil
  • Thorsten Kohl
  • Johannes Lenhard
  • Andreas Lösch
  • Alfred Nordmann
  • Astrid E. Schwarz
  • Andreas Woyke

Christopher Coenen

Christopher Coenen (political scientist) has been a researcher at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since 2002. While still working for the ITAS-run Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (TAB), he researched ethical, societal, research policy-related and visionary aspects of nanotechnology, among other things as co-author of the final report of the TAB project “Nanotechnology” (July 2003; book published by Springer 2004) and as author of a TAB background paper on the subject of “Converging Technologies and Sciences” (2008). A much-discussed ethical aspect of nanotechnology, so-called ‘human enhancement’, was also examined in a study of the same name which he was in charge of undertaking for the European Parliament (2009). Areas he is currently working on include ethical and social aspects of synthetic biology (above all within the framework of the EU-funded Synth-Ethics project), in which the topic of nanotechnology also plays a role.

Arianna Ferrari

Studium der Philosophie an der Università Statale in Mailand und an der Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen. Kobetreute Doktorarbeit zwischen der Università di Torino (Turin / Italien) und der Universität Tübingen über ethische und wissenschaftstheoretische Aspekte transgener Tiere in der Biomedizin, die durch unterschiedliche Stipendien finanziert wurde, u.a. im DFG Graduiertenkolleg Bioethik. Nach einem kurzen Post-doc-Stipendium im GK über die ethischen Aspekte der Verbesserung des Menschen innerhalb der konvergierenden Technologien war sie wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der TU Darmstadt im Rahmen des EU-Projektes DEEPEN. Seit Novemebr 2009 ist sie Mitarbeiterin am ITAS-KIT Karlsruhe im Rahmen des Projektes “Animal Enhancement”.

Stefan Gammel

Seit 2006 am nanobüro, bis 09/2007 als Mitarbeiter im BMBF-Projekt “Modelle regulatorischer Einbettung von Innovationsprozessen am Beispiel der Nanotechnologie”. Seit 10/2007 Mitarbeiter im EU-Projekt NanoCap. Studium in Stuttgart und Liverpool, M.A. in Philosophie, Germanistik und Anglistik. 2005/06 Projekt “Visionen der Nanotechnologie” am IZEW der Uni Tübingen. Promotionsprojekt zum Thema kultureller Aspekte in ethischen Diskussionen um die Nanotechnologie.

Reinhard Heil

Reinhard Heil studied Philosophy at the University of Darmstadt (Germany). From 2003 – 2006 he was a member of the DFG post-graduate college 'Technology and Society'. His fields of interests are: transhumanism (PhD-Project), Social Relations of Science Movement (Julian Huxley, John Desmond Bernal, J.B.S. Haldane, …), philosophy of technology and political philosophy (Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, Ernesto Laclau, …).

Thorsten Kohl

Thorsten Kohl studierte Physik mit den Schwerpunkten Biophysik, Kern- und Atomphysik an der Technischen Universität Berlin und der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Diplomarbeit und Promotion hatten Themen zur Struktur und Funktion von Biomolekülen zum Inhalt. PostDoc am Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrum in Heidelberg, Abt. Molekulare Genomanalyse. Weiterhin Studium der Geschichte und Philosophie an der Technischen Universität Darmstadt mit den Schwerpunkten Technikgeschichte und Wissenschaftsphilosophie, Magisterarbeit zur Geschichte der Krebsforschung in Deutschland. Zur Zeit wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der TU-Darmstadt im EU-Projekt NanoMed Round Table in der Arbeitsgruppe Ethics and societal impact. Interessenschwerpunkte bilden Themen der Bio- und Medizinphysik im historischen und philosophischen Kontext.

Johannes Lenhard

Johannes Lenhard works as a member of scientific staff at the philosophy department of the Bielefeld University (since 2004). His main research interest focuses on computer simulation: how to characterize it as an instrument of creation and constitution of scientific knowledge and observing the diverse modifications of scientific and societal practice by this type of knowledge.

Andreas Lösch

Seit November 2003 leitet Dr. Andreas Lösch am Institut für Soziologie der TU-Darmstadt das DFG-Projekt “Räume der medizinischen Mikro- und Nanotechnologie. Eine wissenssoziologische Fallstudie zur Vermittlung technischer Innovationen.” Sein theoretisches Interesse an der Nanotechnologie bezieht sich auf das Verständnis der Vermittlungsfunktion von visionären Diskursen, Metaphern und Bildern. Das Projekt untersucht die Funktion von Visionen und Zukunftserwartungen als Medien der Verständigung über Innovationspotentiale der Nanotechnologie zwischen Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und den Massenmedien.

Alfred Nordmann

After receiving his Ph.D. in Hamburg (1986) and serving on the faculty of the Philosophy Department at the University of South Carolina (1988-2002), Alfred Nordmann became Professor of Philosophy and History of Science at Darmstadt Technical University. His historical interests concern the negotiation of contested fields of scientific knowledge such as theories of electricity and chemistry in the 18th century, mechanics, evolutionary biology, and sociology in the 19th century, nursing science and nanoscale research in the 20th century.

Astrid E. Schwarz

Her main issues in the philosophy and history of science are the investigation of the status and power of concepts and images in the process of generation, stabilization and demarcation of scientific knowledge. Schwarz’s interest is focused on the role of concepts and metaphors, scientific models, the constitution of the research object, the influence of images and diagrams as well as popular societal visions. Case studies might be drawn from ecology, the environmental sciences or nanotechnology.

Schwarz was trained both in philosophy and biology right from the beginning of her studies. She got her first academic degree (Dipl. Biol.) for a study in experimental ecology, then she held a position as assistant at the Institute for Landscape Ecology at the Technical University Munich where she finished her PhD. In the following she got a postdoc grant in Paris (Maison des Science de l’Homme and Institut de l’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et Technique) and initialized the project HOEK, the Handbook of Ecological Concepts. A first volume “Revisiting Ecology” will be published in 2010, it aims at a philosophically and historically informed analysis of the phenomenon “Ecology” from its beginning to this day. From 2002 through 2009 she was assistant professor at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute for Philosophy. Between October 2006 and September 2007 Schwarz was a fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF, Bielefeld), the topic of the research group was “Science in the Context of Application: Methodological Change, Conceptual Transformation, Cultural Reorientation”. She focused on the relation between ecology and ecotechnology and in this context became interested in the phenomenon of “green nanotechnology”. Recently she is running a project on Visual cultures of ecological research, a web-based information system for research and education. In summer 2010, the project “genesis and ontology of technoscientific objects” (funded by ANR/DFG) will start in which she is involved together with Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and Alfred Nordmann. In the summer term 2010 she replaces the professorship for philosophy at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt (HDA).

Andreas Woyke

Andreas Woyke studied chemistry, physics, pedagogy and philosophy at the University of Siegen (Germany). In 2004 he completed his PhD in pedagogy and philosophy with a work on the development of an aprocessual interpretation of world and nature looking at the western history of ideas. Since 2006 he has been working in his own DFG-sponsored project about philosophical implications of nanotechnology at the Philosophy Department of the Darmstadt Technical University (Germany). His fields of interests include philosophy of science and technology, history of ideas, ancient and medieval philosophy, theories of happiness and good life, philosophy and critics of religion.