Background and activities

Bjørn Hofmann, MSc, PhD

Bjørn Hofmann is a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Gjøvik and an adjunct professor at the Centre for medical ethics at the University of Oslo. He holds a PhD in philosophy of medicine and is trained both in the natural sciences and in the humanities.

His main research interests are philosophy of medicine, philosophy of science, technology assessment, health services research and bioethics.

Hofmann teaches ethics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of medicine, at the levels Ba, Ma, and PhD.

He has been a researcher at The Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services (2002-13) and a Harkness fellow (Commonwealth Fund) at the Dartmouth College (2014-15). Publications and citations

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Hofmann has participated on a range of national and international research projects. The most recent are: 

  • Principal Investigator (PI) for research project Improving Radiological Services IROS From low-value care to effective high-value services 2020-2023 funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
  • Partner and work package leader in Embedding a comprehensive ethical dimension to organoïd-based research and resulting technologies HYBRIDA, Science with and for Society – EU’s Horizon 2020 program, 2021-2024.
  • Partner in Responsible Open Science in Europe (ROSiE), Science with and for Society – EU’s Horizon 2020 program, 2021-2024.
  • Partner in Values in doing assessments of healthcare technologies (VALIDATE), Erasmus+ project, Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices Strategic Partnerships in the field of Higher Education, Call: 2018. Members from the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Norway, 2018-2021.
  • Partner in EU-funded project: Virtue based ethics and Integrity of Research: Train-the-Trainer program for Upholding the principles and practices of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (VIRT2UE), H2020-SwafS-27-2017, 2018-2021.
  • Partner in EU-funded project: Mapping Normative Frameworks for EThics and Integrity of Research, Project 741782 (enTIRE), SwafS-16-2016 Mapping the Ethics and Research Integrity Normative Framework, 2017-2021.
  • Partner in research project "Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement" Czech-Norwegian Research Programme (CZ09), 2014-2016.
  • Partner of EU-funded project: Integrated health technology assessment for evaluating complex technologies, (FP7-HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-1), 01.01.2013-31.12.2015. Partners are University of Bremen, University of Sheffield, Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, University of Oslo, ECORYS and Stichting University of the Netherlands, and University Del Sacro Cuore in Italy.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications