Mittwoch, 13. Januar 2016, 17:15 - 18:45 iCal

Guest Lecture Prof. Manfred Laubichler

Big data and the development and spread of knowledge in modern biomedical research

UZA II/Rotunde, Seminarraum 2H467
Althanstraße 14 (Eingang Josef-Holaubek-Platz), 1090 Wien


Modern scientific research is dominated by the need to innovate. Funding practices and societal acceptance of science are increasingly tied to translational results and use. This is also reflected in the organization of scientific societies. But how exactly can we identify innovations in science (or technology)? Are there conditions (organizationally or personally) that are conducive to the generation of innovations? Can examples of past and current successes (Silicon Valley, the San Diego and Cambridge Biomedical Clusters, the MPG) be replicated elsewhere? These are central questions of science policy. Answering them requires a much better understanding into the dynamic of knowledge generations than we currently have. And for that we need big data and computational approaches. Here I will present methods and cases that allow us to address these issues in the context of recent biomedical research. These case studies—developmental biology and systems biology—highlight the possibilities of computational approaches to the history of science by demonstrating what kind of analysis and types of questions are possible.

Manfred Laubichler is President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at Arizona State University, USA.


Doktoratskolleg "Naturwissenschaften im historischen, philosophischen und kulturellen Kontext"


Mag. Mag. Mag. Ramon Pils, DipTrans
Institut für Geschichte
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