The SEPOS group at MSU has set up an informal collaboration with the Institute of Philosophy and the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) at Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany.

The Institute of Philosophy at LUH is one of the very few philosophy departments in Germany that strongly specializes in research and teaching in philosophy of science, conceived broadly. The Institute’s members strongly orient their work on philosophy of science in practice and socially engaged philosophy. Current research addresses philosophical issues regarding, among other things, climate change, biases in big data research, applications of evolutionary thinking in social science, autonomous vehicles, and research ethics and responsibility. The Institute is home to a two-year MA program in Philosophy of Science (taught in English) as well as a doctoral research school in Ethics and Epistemology of Science. The doctorate research school is run jointly with Bielefeld University and at present is home to more than twenty PhD students and four postdoctoral researchers (see

CELLS is an interdisciplinary research and teaching institute within the Faculty of Humanities at LUH. The members of CELLS work on ethical, legal, and societal aspects of the life sciences and medical practice. Current research topics include the replacement and reduction of animal use in biomedical science, the regulatory and ethical aspects of genome editing in agriculture, ethical and legal aspects of xenogeneic organ transplantation, the integration of epistemology into ELSI research, and more.

Short exchanges (for graduate students) and work visits (for researchers) can be arranged on an ad hoc basis, and SEPOS, the Institute of Philosophy and CELLS will work with you to apply for funding. Possibilities for obtaining funding for visits by US scholars to Germany and German scholars to US institutions exist for example with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or the Fulbright Scholar Program.

If you want to discuss possibilities for collaboration or a short visit, please contact Professors Thomas Reydon (Hannover) at or Ted Richards (MSU) at