Mission Statement: Social Responsible Science

Social responsible science has to be sustainable and inclusive in a globalized world, where imbalance and structures in power as well as the finiteness of resources form central challenges for future generations. Thereby scientists carry a special responsibility. In this context but also related to the current political incidents regarding the US-American closing of the border for designated people, Robert King Merton describes the “norms of science” with the term of universalism. His concept implies, that valuation of scientific research must happen independently from the person or his/her social attitudes. That means diversity categories like ethnics, nationality, religion, social status and personal attributes of the scientist are not allowed to be used to discredit his or her research work or to emphasize his or her credibility. The institute for Gender and Diversity in Engineering associates itself with this “norm of science” without seeing it as a contradiction to the concept of intersectionality.

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The field of work of GDI is reflected by its interdisciplinary team of scientists. As bridging professorship situated at the Faculty of Civil Engineering our research aims at contributing to an environment friendly, socially acceptable, sustainable and gender-equitable design of technology. Photo: Kajo Scholten

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