Partner 8        Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)



The Philosophy and History of Science Department of the Faculty of Economy and Social Studies at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics has been doing research in history of science and philosophy of science on an internationally acknowledged level since the early 60’s. This Department is one of the two existing HPS (History and Philosophy of Science) departments in Hungary and developed into an important Hungarian knowledge-transfer centre in the regarded fields. The department performs specific educational tasks to undergraduate and graduate students studying for technological, economic and scientific professions. It was awarded “Center of excellence” in 2006. Since 2003 the newly established History and Philosophy of Science Research Group publishes a yearbook sponsored by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS). The institution is also a main organizer of the 23rd International Congress of History of Science in 2009. The staff recognizes the importance of life-long learning and the increased role of non-formal and informal learning. The motivation to learn, development of critical judgement and skill-based training are fundamental educational objectives. The department is equally unique in Hungary offering a wide range of subjects on STS (Science, Technology, and Society) both as service teaching and PhD-track courses. The department has relevant competence to take active part in the HIPST project. It has participated in two large, four-year long STS projects, realized by seven European research centers. Smaller, three- or four-year long bi- or multilateral projects were organized and guided by the host department. In the last five years the host department has been leading 8 projects financed by national funds. A cooperation with the Budapest Technical Museum is already working.


Gábor Zemplén (*22.08.1973)did an M.Ed in Biology, Chemistry, and English. He started his postgraduate studies at the Budapest University and finished them with a thesis on the history of the debates of Newtonian and modificationist theories of colours at the Deutsches Museum, Munich (summa cum laude). Following a guest lectureship at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin, he is a Békésy György postdoctoral Fellow. He is currently working on a book on the 17th century optical controversies concerning science education. At present he is teaching graduate as well as postgraduate students in a wide variety of topics (history and philosophy of science, argumentation, theories of knowledge) and has been working in the area of evaluation of relevant material. He provides teaching experiences on secondary school level. His research has contributed both to philosophy of science (naturalised and evolutionary epistemologies), history of science (e.g. colour-theories), education (co-author of a secondary school chemistry textbook, articles on science-education) and public understanding of science (leading a monthly radio-show, review of educational show on TV, co-editing a journal issue on PUS, and finishing a co-authored book on the subject in Hungarian, to appear in 2007).