Technology & Scientific Knowledge

Symposium November 16th

Contemporary scientific practices are crucially dependent on technologies. Technologies allow for the discovery of new planets, the detection of diseases on a cellular level, and make us redefine the nature of human cognition. However, technologies are often also conceptualized as the practical applications of scientific knowledge – as opposed to theory and belonging to the messy domain of practical action. How must we think of this duality that technology is both the outcome of- and constitutive for scientific knowledge? In this symposium, the prominence of technologies in scientific practice and its consequences will be discussed. Must we think of technologies as mere enhancers of our human observational capabilities, or do they also introduce new modes of thinking within scientific practices? You are all cordially invited to discuss these – and many other questions concerning the relationship between science and technology.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Jan Kyrre Berg Friis (Copenhagen University)
  • Prof. dr. Aud Sissel Hoel (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • dr. Hans Radder (Free University of Amsterdam)
  • Dr. Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam)
  • PhD Cand. Bas de Boer (University of Twente)

Program: TBA

Date and time: November 16, 10:00 – 17:00

Location: DesignLab, Campus University of Twente


Everyone interested in this topic is cordially invited!

Registration fees: None, but registration is strongly encouraged (no lunch included)

Please register by sending an email to

This symposium is part of the NWO funded VICI-program: Theorizing Technological Mediation, led by Prof. Dr. Ir. Peter Paul Verbeek.