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The Institute welcomes three new Themes and one Advanced Study Group

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In February, the institute will welcome a new ASG, Wildfires in the Anthropocene, and three new Themes: Nature by Numbers, Post Hoc Interventions, and Synthetic Biology. We hope that our groups and their invited guest researchers will be able to work on site at the Institute without restrictions.

Read a short description of our three new Themes.

Nature by Numbers

The theme Nature by Numbers questions the way in which environmental sustainability (eg climate change and biodiversity) is incorporated into existing economic decision-making processes. By examining a number of common models, they seek to understand what happens when nature ​​are translated into numerical values. What properties in nature can be captured with the help of numbers? What nature ​​are at risk of being overlooked and what will the political and environmental consequences be?

The Theme is coordinated by Susanne Arvidsson

Post-hoc Interventions - A Novel Approach to Prejudice Mitigation

The Theme Post-hoc Interventions - A Novel Approach to Prejudice Mitigation wants to develop new methods, which reduce the risk of prejudiced decisions. Instead of giving decision-makers attitude-influencing education in advance, they want to develop interventions that are implemented post hoc, ie. after a selection has been made, but before it has been translated into a discriminatory act - for example when ranking job candidates, scoring research, etc. In order to arrive at a form of intervention that is worth while the Theme will examine a number of coherent legal, ethical and statistical issues that are systematically compared with other approaches to prejudice in social psychology and computer science.

The Theme is coordinated by Martin Jönsson

Synthetic Biology

The Theme Synthetic Biology will analyze the ways in which synthetic biology can contribute to sustainable solutions counteracting consequences of climate impact. The researchers want to create a common understanding of which methodologies exist today to develop efficient biological production systems, which can replace the systems that currently cause CO2 emissions. The Theme also also wish to identify technical and societal barriers for implementation.

The coordinators are Rajni Hatti-Kaul and Nélida Leiva Erikssson