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In higher education, teaching goes hand in hand with research. At UCF, this holds for teaching and learning in the LAS B.A./B.Sc. program and in further UCF teaching projects in several regards. 

Academic staff at UCF and Teaching Fellows conduct and publish research in their areas of expertise. And, of course, lecturers include their own and other relevant research in their teaching. More generally, reflections on scientific knowledge and methods form the inter- and metadisciplinary backbone of the LAS program. They are part of the compulsory Core program and represented by the two UCF Chairs: Epistemology and Theory of Science (ETS) and Science and Technology Studies (STS). Furthermore, our programs provide space and guidance for students to conduct supervised research projects, for example in their B.A. or B.Sc. theses.


Recent Research Highlights

New Publication of the multidisciplinary STS@Freiburg initiative

"Forensic DNA Phenotyping Legislation Cannot be Based on 'Ideal FDP.'" N. Buchanan, F. Staubach, M. Wienroth, P. Pfaffelhuber, M. Surdu, A. Lipphardt, A. Köttgen, D. Syndercombe-Court, and V. Lipphardt. Forthcoming in Forensic Science International: Genetics. doi:

New Publication at the Chair in Science and Technology Studies

by Sarah Fründt (2017)"Whose Heritage? Eine subjektive Annäherung", in: Bonnet, Anne-Marie, Floorplan (Eds). Whose Heritage? Floorplan Papers. Autopress: Bonn, pp. 182-197. For more information on the Museum Research Group FLOORPLAN, please see here.

Research Project "Mind the Meaning"

The Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science has successfully applied for funding for the research project "Mind the Meaning – The Philosophy of Psychological Expressivism". The project, headed by Prof. Dr. Freitag, is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung and will start in spring / summer 2018.


Research Fields

Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science

The chair represents large parts of theoretical philosophy and some parts of practical philosophy. Major areas of research include epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language and mind, logic and metaphysics, and the recent history of philosophy. In teaching we additionally cover introductions to the philosophy of action and rationality.

Chair in Science and Technology Studies

Science and Technology Studies pursues the empirical study of science and technology, with an emphasis on detailed examination of the actual practices of scientists and engineers as they engage in knowledge-making and the development of technologies. At the same time, it also investigates the impact of this knowledge and technology on society. STS scholars, many of whom are interdisciplinarily trained (often in a technical field and in the social sciences or humanities), pursue a variety of methodologies in their research, including anthropology, history, and sociology. Prof Dr. Veronika Lipphardt, Dr. Nick Buchanan, Dr. Mihai Surdu and M.A. Sarah Fründt pursue research projects along these lines at the Chair, together with a number of students trained interdisciplinarily. 

LAS Academic Staff

The breadth and diversity of research conducted at UCF reflect the interdisciplinarity of the LAS study program that ranges from the natural (Earth and Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences) and social sciences (Governance) to the humanities (Culture and History). In their research, academic staff often collaborates with other researchers and research projects at the University of Freiburg and beyond. For example:


Student Research

We consider (LAS) students to be potential early-stage researchers, i.e. our programs provide space and guidance for students to conduct supervised research projects. 

In the 4th year LAS course Research Design Across Disciplines (RDAD), students refine their academic skills, learn about the contexts of research, and develop research proposals of their own. The course ends with a self-organized conference at which the students present and discuss their research proposals before embarking on their B.A. or B.Sc. theses. Documentation of past RDAD conferences is available on our website:
RDAD events 
20182017, 2016.

The Chair in Science and Technology Studies offers students the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects. If you are interested, contact us at .

Finally, and usually based on research in the context of the Bachelor theses, some students and graduates (co-)publish first research findings; for example: