Historical equipment such as microscopes and charge columns from the 19th century
What is the History of Science? What is the History of Science for?
Historical equipment such as microscopes and charge columns from the 19th century
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

History and Philosophy of Science at the Ernst-Haeckel-Haus


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In our research and teaching we explore the formation of scientific knowledge in different historical contexts and periods as well as the social impact of the sciences.

The history of science at the Ernst-Haeckel-Haus aims at promoting an interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue between the humanities and the natural sciences. Our research draws on methods from historical disciplines as well as from the cultural and social sciences but also engages with the natural sciences. 

Our study programme combines a high level of interdisciplinarity and an international research orientation with the rich local tradition of Jena in the history of science. Its History of Science program (B.A., M.Sc.) make the Friedrich Schiller University Jena one of the few places in Germany where the history of science is taught as an independent discipline.

HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, volume 13, number 2, Fall 2023
Mann mit Vogelmaske
Image: Pierre-Oliver Méthot
Symposium in Memory of Christian Forstner (1975-2022), 30 -31 October 2023
PD Dr. Christian Forstner
Image: Fotostudio Arlene Knipper
Ernst-Haeckel-Haus, Donnerstag 26.10.2023, 16:15 17:45 Uhr
painted medusa (ceiling painting)
Image: Jürgen Scheere (University of Jena)
Christina Brandt will participate in the Cold Spring Harbor workshop on the “History of Recombinant DNA” and will give a talk on: “Shifting Values and Shifting Risks: The Debates on the ‘New Biology’ in Germany Before and After Asilomar (1960s–1980s)”
Ernst Haeckel Postcolonial: New Perspectives on his Life and Work
Marine animals on a facsimile of a drawing by Ernst Haeckel
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena, Graphic changes by Bastienne Karg)
Journal of the History of Biology (2022): 55 (2) Special Issue: New Styles of Thought and Practices: Biology in the Interwar Period. Issue editors: Jan Baedke, Christina Brandt
Titel des Journal of the History of Biology
Image: Springer Verlagsinternetseite
Chair for the History and Philosophy of Science
Berggasse 7
07745 Jena