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What kinds of academic knowledge — 'science' in the German sense — can best inform policy and practice, what methods will produce this knowledge and how should this knowledge be put to use? Current areas of focus are causal modelling, historical scholarship, evidence-based policy, tools for scientists and the use of science, information synthesis and practical inference, uncertainty and risk in astrobiology, objectivity and social activist research, the role of descriptive/qualitative work in science, mapping tensions in work crossing scientific disciplines and integrating philosophers into scientific work.

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