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Mathias Frisch and Torsten Wilholt win Lower Saxony Science Award 2023

Mathias Frisch and Torsten Wilholt win Lower Saxony Science Award 2023

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The two philosophers of science of the Institute of Philosophy at Leibniz University Hannover have been awarded the Science Award of Lower Saxony 2023 (Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen).

Prof. Dr. Mathias Frisch and Prof. Dr. Torsten Wilholt have received the award for their contributions to the transformation of the philosophy of science into an application-oriented field that focuses on socially relevant questions about the goals and means of scientific research. The philosophers of science are the awardees in Category I "Researcher at a university or equivalent institution of higher education in Lower Saxony". The Science Award comprises a prize money of 25,000 euros. The award ceremony took place on 22 November 2023.

"We are very grateful for the Science Award," says Prof Mathias Frisch. "It is a wonderful acknowledgement of the Institute of Philosophy at LUH and the research carried out there." "The prize is an incentive for us to contribute even more to a critical and reflective understanding of the role of science in society and to investigate how science can make a trustworthy contribution to overcoming the major social challenges of our time," adds Prof Torsten Wilholt.

The two philosophers' latest project is SOCRATES, a Centre for Advanced Studies funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). SOCRATES focuses on the topic of credibility in science and allows researchers from various disciplines that deal with trust in science to spend several months as fellows at the Institute of Philosophy.

More information in German can be found on the website of the Science Award.

See here for the official press release by Leibniz University Hannover.