Microphotograph of a radiolarian
Research at the Ernst-Haeckel-Haus is dedicated to the history and philosophy of the natural sciences and it uses a wide range of methods.
Microphotograph of a radiolarian
Image: Ernst-Haeckel-Archiv, Universität Jena

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

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.

Workshop "Ernst Haeckel Postcolonial. New Perspectives on his Life and Work" March 20-22 2024
Drawing of Haeckel's journey to "Ceylon"
Image: Marcus Rebhan
Julia Gruevska and the "Netzwerk Philosophiehistorisches Arbeiten" in a panel discussion with Christina Brandt, Christoph Demmerling and Gerald Hartung on the importance of the history of philosophy. 
Gentechnik und die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Ein Streitfall zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Öffentlichkeit, 1975-1999.Alexander v. Schwerin, Anna Klassen, Christina Brandt
Cover des Preprints
Image: Forschungsprogramm Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (GMPG)
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
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)”
Chair for the History and Philosophy of Science

Ernst-Haeckel-Haus
Berggasse 7
07745 Jena