Short CV/Education and training

  • 1995
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Hans Sachs Gymnasium (grammar school), Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1995 – 2001
    Diplom degree in physics and Magister degree (MA) in philosophy from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; also studied at the University of Liverpool, UK

  • 2003
    PhD, summa cum laude, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

  • 2003 – 2004
    Research associate, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Münster, Germany. Research topic: Analytical description of turbulent flows

  • 2005 – 2006
    Visiting researcher, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice, France. Research topic: Numerical study of the movement of particles in turbulent flows

  • 2006 – 2008
    Senior Research Fellow in global risk modelling, University of Oxford, UK, Faculty of Philosophy. Research topic: Ethical and epistemological aspects of decisions made under risk and uncertainty

  • 2007
    Doctor of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.), summa cum laude, University of Münster

  • Since 2009
    Head of the research group Ethics for Energy Technologies (EET) at the Human Technology Centre (HumTec), RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Junior professor, Institute of Philosophy. Research topic: Simulation and models in the sciences, technology assessment

  • 2010
    Acting Chair of the philosophy of science and technology, Institute of Philosophy, University of Stuttgart, Germany (summer semester)

Selected publications

  • Hillerbrand, R.: Technik, Ethik und Ökologie. Ein normativ-ethischer Grundlagendiskurs über den Umgang mit Wissenschaft, Technik und Umwelt, mit einem Vorwort von D. Birnbacher, Mentis: Paderborn, 2005, ISBN: 978-3-89785-436-9.

  • Hillerbrand, R.: On non-propositional aspects in modeling complex systems. Limits of assessing the uncertainty of climate predictions, erscheint bei Analyse und Kritik.

  • Hillerbrand, R.: Epistemic Uncertainties in Climate Predictions. A Challenge for Practical Decision Making, in: Intergenerational Justice Review 3, 2009. S. 94-100.

  • Hillerbrand, R., Ghil, M.: Anthropogenic climate change: Scientific uncertainties and moral dilemmas, in: Physica D 237, 2008. S. 2132-2138.

  • Hillerbrand, R.: Stochastic suspensions of heavy particles, in: Physica D 237, 2008. S. 2037-2050.

  • Bec, J., Cencini, M., Hillerbrand, R.: Clustering of heavy particles in random self-similar flow, in: Physical Review E 75, 025301(R), 4 pages, 2007.

  • Bec, J., Cencini, M., Hillerbrand, R.: Heavy particles in incompressible flows: the large Stokes number asymptotics, in: Physica D 226, 2007. S. 11-22.

  • Hillerbrand, R.: Renormalized perturbation theory for Lagrangian turbulence, in: Peinke, J. et al. (Hg.), Progress in Turbulence, Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 2005. S. 87-90.

  • Hillerbrand, R.: Einheit in der Vielheit oder: Warum der Kreationismus keine wissenschaftliche Alternative zur Evolutionstheorie bietet, in: Kolmer, P., Gott und Natur. Neuer Streit um die Evolutionstheorie. Kritische Beiträge, im Erscheinen.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Ethics of technology

  • Ethics for energy technology

  • Modelling in the sciences

  • Philosophy of simulation

  • Scientific reductionism

  • Capability Approach

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for Climatic Change and Science and Engineering Ethics

  • Speaker for the Junge Akademie (academy of young scientists), a joint project of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and member of the executive committee, since 2010

  • Student liaison for the German National Academic Foundation and assisting in selection seminars, since 2010

  • Member of the HumTec steering committee, since 2009

  • Member of IESP (International Expert Group on Earth System Preservation), since 2008

  • Member of the advisory board of the Lifeboat Foundation, since 2008

  • Member of the review board for research funding (final selection board), The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, since 2007

  • Member of the selection committee for a Research Fellow, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, UK, 2007

  • Member of the physics department advisory board, University of Münster, Germany, 2006

  • Member of the search committee for a professor of applied physics, University of Münster, 2006

  • Equal opportunity representative for the physics department, University of Münster, 2004 – 2006

  • Elected member of the physics department advisory board, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, 1998 and 1999

  • Member of physics department student association, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 1995 – 1999

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