The Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of the sixth scientific director in the Centre’s history: Camilla Serck-Hanssen, professor of philosophy at the University of Oslo (UiO).

'CAS is a wonderful institution, and I'm looking forward to getting started on the tasks ahead,' Serck-Hanssen said.

Serck-Hanssen comes to CAS with a keen understanding of the Centre’s mission to advance interdisciplinary fundamental research, as well as a track record of engagement in the Norwegian and international academic community and the public sphere.

At UiO, Serck-Hanssen has served in multiple leadership roles, including as dean of research and head of department. She co-leads the project Conceptual Engineering, which is supported by a FRIPRO Toppforsk grant from the Norwegian Research Council.

In addition to her work at UiO, Serck-Hanssen is the vice president of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, leads the Norwegian Defence Ethics Council, and sits on the Norwegian Press Complaints Commission.

Serck-Hanssen also has first-hand experience with the CAS concept. During the 2015/16 academic year, she co-led the CAS project Disclosing the Fabric of Reality - The Possibility of Metaphysics in the Age of Science.

In her own research, Serck-Hanssen has focused on the history of philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries -- especially the works of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant -- and military ethics. She is co-editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, and serves as president of the Norwegian Kant Society.

Serck-Hanssen obtained her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. She succeeds Professor Vigdis Broch-Due, whose term expires 30 July 2018.