Koi Tū International affiliate member


Prof Matthias Kaiser

Professor Matthias Kaiser is an international expert in how science, society and policy interact. He is the former Director of the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has studied at the Universities of Munich, Oslo, Stanford and Frankfurt. Matthias is an expert in technology assessment, the ethics of science and the philosophy of science, and has served as director of the Norwegian National Committee for Research Ethics in the Sciences and Technology, advising government, parliament and the scientific community.

Koi Tū Director Sir Peter Gluckman has known Matthias for many years and offered to host him (generously funded by a Norman Barry Trust visiting fellowship). Matthias will spend a significant part of his two year sabbatical during 2020 and 2021 at Koi Tū. He wants to contribute to the development of Koi Tū using his expertise on the science-society relationship, in particular science and ethics, and food ethics, and share his experience with participatory science methods. In return, he expects to learn more about the complexities in science-policy relations, and about the integration of Māori and Pasifika cultures and epistemologies in New Zealand.

In his spare time, Matthias has written a thriller and plays electric blues bass and is a self-described hard-core liberal European.