Dr. Federica Russo appointed as professor of ‘Philosophy and Ethics of Techno-Science’

The Freudenthal Institute is honoured to announce that, from August 1 onwards, Dr. Federica Russo will take up the chair of Philosophy and Ethics of Techno-Science at the Freudenthal Institute within the Department of Mathematics, at the Faculty of Science of Utrecht University. The chair will provide leadership for the FI and synergy within the FI groups.

Federica Russo is a philosopher of science, technology, and information, currently honorary professor at University College London, member of the steering committee of the European Philosophy of Science Association, and editor-in-chief of Digital Society.

She is internationally recognized for her work in philosophy of science (especially in the methodology of social science and medical methodology) and has contributed to bridging the gap between philosophy of science and philosophy of technology (see Techno-Scientific Practices. An Informational Approach, RLI 2022).

At the Freudenthal Institute, Federica will contribute to developing philosophical theory in and for complexity. This means (re)thinking, inter alia, notions of causality and evidence in the light of complexity approaches, as they are used in the health and the social sciences, and in public health. Federica will also contribute to developing a line of research in (philosophy of) technology, conceptualizing and designing the relations between humans and technologies in fields such as AI or (digital) technology education.

Federica’s expertise, network, and enthusiasm will be an asset to strengthening and fostering collaborations withing the Institute, and across UU campus.