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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 our teaching projectsAcademic staff and Teaching Fellows conduct and publish research. And 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 Core and represented by the two UCF Chairs: Epistemology and Theory of Science and Science and Technology Studies. Finally, our programs provide space and guidance for students to conduct student research.


Recent Research Highlights

Book publication / translation by Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke (August 2020)

  • (editor) Making Civilizations. The World before 600, Cambridge, MA 2020, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (transl. of Geschichte der Welt. Die Welt vor 600: Frühe Zivilisationen, München 2017, C.H. Beck)

Book publication by UCF's dean of studies Prof. Dr. Sitta von Reden (December 2019)

Book publication by UCF staff member Dr. Marie Muschalek (July 2019)

Joint UCF Student-Staff Publication (February 2019)

  • Gross, P., Buchanan, N. & Sané, S. (2019): Blue skies in the making: Air quality action plans and urban imaginaries in London, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 48, 85-95. doi:

Publications on Didactics in Political Science Teaching (September 2018)

Publication of the Multidisciplinary STS@Freiburg Initiative (May 2018)

  • "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:


Research Fields

Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science (ETS)

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 (STS)

Science and Technology Studies pursues the empirical study of science and technology, with an emphasis on the actual practices of scientists and engineers as they engage in knowledge-making and the development of technologies. And STS 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), apply a variety of methodologies in their research, including anthropology, history, and sociology. The STS Chair members pursue research projects along these lines, often together with students, and offers students the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects. If you are interested, contact us at .

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 engage in supervised research projects and other inquiry-based learning formats. 

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. The course ends with a conference at which the students present and discuss their proposals before embarking on their Bachelor theses. Documentation of RDAD conferences is available on our website: 201820172016.

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