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Professor Hans Weinberger

Since 2020 Hans Weinberger has been Head of the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Agder. The Department’s core subjects are marine ecology and biology, with a special focus on coastal zones, how climate change and human activities impact ecosystems and biodiversity, and how sustainable management can be achieved. The Department also covers education in biomedical laboratory science, chemistry and physics. It also cooperates closely with the Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden (also University of Agder).

Weinberger is a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA) and he was CEO/director of the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology (NTM) in Oslo from 2006 to 2018, employed on a fixed term contract.

In addition, Weinberger volunteers for the Nordic Bible Museum (NOBIMU) in Oslo and is a member of the board there. He served as Director for Research and Development in 2019–2020. The museum is a non-confessional museum combining book history with the history of the Bible, based on an extensive collection of mainly Scandinavian and European bibles.

He holds a Ph.D. in the history of technology from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. His first university degree is a M.Sc.Eng. in Engineering Physics. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Deutsches Museum in Munich. He is also member of the editorial board of Vulcan: The Journal of the History of Military Technology.

Prior to his museum directorship in Oslo, Hans Weinberger worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Royal Institute of Technology. He has been leader for the multidisciplinary research project Technology, Science and Swedish Security Policy (NNET) and project coordinator for the multi-institutional project Scientific research – Technological change – Industrial renewal (VTI). He has supervised several Ph.D. students and has been involved in the European project/network Tensions of Europe/Inventing Europe and SHOT – the Society for the History of Technology. He has been editor of an academic journal (Polhem: Swedish Journal of the History of Technology), and editor of Papers in the History and Philosophy of Technology (TRITA-HOT), at KTH from 1989 to 2002.

Weinberger has published two books – one on radiation protection (also published in Japanese) and one on science and research policy – as well as several articles on the history of science and technology. His main research and academic interests are related to the interaction of science and technology with politics and policy.