Disputation: PhD Per Hetland

PhD Per Hetland defends his doctoral dissertation for the degree of Dr.Philos.

Friday 12 May 2017 at 10.15 o'clock, Lecture Hall 2, Helga Engs Building, Blindern

Title of dissertation:

Rethinking the Social Contract between Science and Society: Steps to an Ecology of Science Communication.


Ph.D. Per Hetland's disputation lasts for two days with trial lectures over self-elected and prescribed topic on Thursday 11 May at 12.15 - 15.00 and disputation on Friday 12 May at 10.15.  Place: Auditorium 2, Helga Engs Building, Blindern

Per Hetland. Photo: Department of Education, UiO

Trial lectures - time and place

His trial lectures will be held 

Time: Thursday 11 May 2017 at 12:15 - 15:00

Place: Lecture Hall 2, Helga Engs hus, Blindern

Lecture titles

Self-elected topic: Exploring Engagement: Users, Publics and Audiences.

Prescribed topic: Discuss how ecology of science communication models can help us explore and understand the social contract between science and society. Include in the discussion:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

1) How an ecology of science communication relates to current theories on the social contract between science and society.
2) More specifically, how this "ecological approach" might serve as a means to move beyond traditional notions of continuity and discontinuity theory in science-society relations.

Adjudication committee

  • Professor Brian Wynne, emeritus at the Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, Lancaster University, UK (the first opponent).
  • Senior lecturer Dick Kasperowski, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (the second opponent)

Professor Karen Jensen, Department of Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo is 3rd member of the Committee and the committee's coordinator.

Chair of defence

  • Dean, Professor Sten Ludvigsen, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo

Additional information


Information in Norwegian

Published Apr. 24, 2017 10:59 AM - Last modified May 10, 2017 3:56 PM