Stefan Schäfer

Stefan Schäfer leads the research program “Emerging Technologies and Social Transformations in the Anthropocene” at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany. His research focuses on the history, philosophy and politics of science and technology, with a particular focus on the emerging field of climate engineering. He was a guest researcher at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) from 2009-2012 and a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Global Governance Futures program in 2014-2015. Stefan studied at the University of Tübingen and at Cornell University and holds a master’s in political science, philosophy, and history from the University of Tübingen. He recently submitted his doctoral dissertation at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he is enrolled in the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies.

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Who’s Afraid of Open Debate?

Political decisions on controversial research subjects such as plant genetics and fracking are highly relevant for society at large. That’s why the rules that govern such research should not be dictated by the interests of activists. Ralf Nestler is absolutely right to call on researchers to actively participate in the public discussion of their work...
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