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Prof. Dr. Sabine Ammon

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Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF) and Institute of Philosophy, History of Literature, Science, and Technology
TU Berlin

SF Knowledge Dynamics and Sustainability in the Technological Sciences
Marchstraße 23, MAR 1-1
10587 Berlin

ammon[at]tu-berlin.de

Office hours by appointment.

Fields of interest


  • Philosophy and ethics of technology
  • Methods of technology assessment
  • Philosophy of the engineering sciences
  • Design research and design theory

 

Current positions

Short biography

Prof. Dr. Sabine Ammon works as a philosopher at  TU Berlin with a focus on the philosophy and ethics of design and technology. She heads the interdisciplinary research group Knowledge Dynamics and Sustainability in the Technological Sciences, which bridges philosophical reflection and engineering practice in teaching and research. After studying architecture and philosophy, she spent periods of study and research at the University of London, Harvard University, ETH Zurich and the Research Institute for Philosophy in Hanover. She subsequently held research and lecturer positions at the University of Basel, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and TU Darmstadt. Her dissertation (2009) developed the epistemological basis for a processual and plural concept of knowledge, whereas her habilitation (2018) developed an epistemology of design. She is a principal investigator in the DFG Cluster of Excellence Science of Intelligence, spokesperson of the Research Network Knowledge Dynamics in the Engineering Sciences, spokesperson of the Present Futures Forum Berlin and head of the Present Futures Lab (under construction).

 

 

Professional experience and education

Professional experience and education
since 2019
Professor of Knowledge Dynamics and Sustainability in the Engineering Sciences, TU Berlin, Germany
since 2019
Spokesperson, Present Futures Forum Berlin

2018
Habilitation, TU Darmstadt
2016-2019
Research group leader, Knowledge Dynamics of Engineering Science, Project From Artefacts to Facts (DFG), TU Berlin, Germany
2014–2017
Lecturer and researcher, Synenergene (EU grant), TU Darmstadt, Germany
2014–2016
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, IPODI-Programm, TU Berlin
2013–2014
Lecturer and researcher, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany
2011–2013
Research group co-leader, Image and Design, NCCR Iconic Criticism, University of Basel, Switzerland
2010
Visiting researcher, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2009–2010
Research fellow, FIP Hannover, Germany
2009
PhD, Philosophy, TU Berlin, Germany
2008–2009
Researcher, TU Berlin and Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany
2005, 2006
Visiting researcher, Harvard University, USA
2002
Magister, Philosophy, TU Berlin
1998
Diploma, Architecture, TU Berlin, Germany
1997–2005
Freelance architect

 

 

Fellowships and awards

Fellowships and awards
20142016
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (IPODI-Programme), TU Berlin
2012–2014
Fellow, Exzellenzprogramm zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses der Deutschschweiz, Switzerland
2009–2011
Fellow, ProFiL-Programm zur Führungs­kräfte­entwicklung der Wissenschaft, TU Berlin, HU Berlin, FU Berlin, Universität Potsdam
2009–2010
Postdoctoral Fellowship, FIP Hannover
2007–2009
Fellow, Förderprogramm für weibliche Führungskräfte im Bereich Hochschule und Wirtschaft, BMBF
2007
Dissertation completion grant, TU Berlin
2003–2006
Dissertation fellowship, Grüne Akademie, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
2003–2005
Dissertation fellowship, NaFöG, TU Berlin (declined)
1995–1996
Erasmus fellowship, University of London, United Kingdom

Professional memberships

 

 

Professional memberships
since 2018
Working group Responsibility: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
since 2016
Junges Forum: Technikwissenschaften JF:TEC
since 2010
Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft (co-founder, president)
since 2009
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik
since 2009
Society for Philosophy and Technology
Board member 2018–
since 2008
Innovationszentrum Wissensforschung, Technische Universität Berlin
since 2005
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie

Publications

Selected Publications
Sabine Ammon. Philosophy of Design. Bd. 1: Epistemology of design, Bd. 2: Ethics of design (in Vorbereitung)
Ammon, Sabine. Drawing inferences: Thinking with 6B (and sketching paper). Philosophy & Technology (2018).
Ammon, Sabine, Christoph Baumberger, Christine Neubert, Constanze A. Petrow (Hg). Architektur im Gebrauch. Gebaute Umwelt als Lebenswelt. Tagungsakten des zweiten Forums Architekturwissenschaft, Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin 2018.
Ammon, Sabine. Why designing is not experimenting: Design methods, epistemic praxis and strategies of knowledge acquisition in architecture. Philosophy & Technology (2017), 1–26.
Ammon, Sabine, Remei Capdevila Werning (Hg.). The Active Image: Architecture and Engineering in the Age of Modeling, Springer 2017
Ammon, Sabine, Inge Hinterwaldner (Hg.). Bildlichkeit im Zeitalter der Modellierung: Operative Artefakte in Entwurfsprozessen der Architektur, des Designs und Ingenieurwesens, München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2017.
Grimm, Stephen, Christoph Baumberger, Sabine Ammon (Hg.). Explaining Understanding: New Perspectives from Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, Routledge 2016.
Eva Maria Froschauer, Julia Gill, Constanze Petrow, Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft (Hg.). z.B. Humboldt-Box. Zwanzig architekturwissenschaftliche Essays über ein Berliner Provisorium, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag 2014.
Ammon, Sabine, Eva Maria Froschauer (Hg.). Wissenschaft Entwerfen: Vom forschenden Entwerfen zur Entwurfsforschung der Architektur, München u.a.: Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2013.
Ammon, Sabine. Entwerfen. Eine epistemische Praxis. In: Claudia Mareis, Christoph Windgätter (Hg.): Long Lost Friends: Zu den Wechselbeziehungen zwischen Design-, Medien- und Wissen-schaftsforschung, Zürich u.a. 2013, 133-155.
Ammon, Sabine. Wissen verstehen. Perspektiven einer prozessualen Theorie der Erkenntnis, Weilerswist: Velbrück Wissenschaft 2009.
Ammon, Sabine, Corinna Heineke, Kirsten Selbmann (Hg.). Wissen in Bewegung: Vielfalt und Hegemonie in der Wissensgesellschaft, Weilerswist: Velbrück Wissenschaft 2007.

 

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