Prof. Dr. Lena Kästner


outreach & science communication


Mar 2024
“Künstliche Intelligenz – Nachhaltige Lösungen für eine innovative Welt?” [“Artificial intelligence – Sustainable Solutions for an Innovative World?”] – penalist at IT Forum Oberfranken 2024

Oct 2023
“Künstliche Intelligenz durchdringt den Alltag” [“Artificial Intelligence
permeates everyday-life”] – interview on AI in society for O – Das Magazin von Oberfranken Offensiv e.V.

Aug 2023
“Die Maschine in Fesseln legen?” [“Shackle the machine?”] – interview on AI governance for XPLR Magazine

Nov 2022
“Wie können wir Künstliche Intelligenz verstehen? — Eine Herausforderung für Philosophie, Wissenschaft und Alltag” [“How to Understand Artificial Intelligence? — A Challenge for Philosophy, Science and Everyday Life”] – contribution to the public lecture series Bayreuther Stadtgespräche

Dec 2021
“Wie der Körper das Bewusstsein erschafft” [“How the body creates consciousness”] – invited discussant at 3sat TV-show scobel (watch online)

Oct 2021
“Wie werden wir jünger?” [“How do we become younger?”] – interdisciplinary penalist at the presidential symposium of the German Society for Pain Research (organized by Prof. Dr. med. N. Üҫeyler and PD Dr. med. habil. G. Goßrau)

April 2021
“Correlation Wagging its Eyebrows” – session at KI Camp 2021

December 2020
“Mehr Vertrauen durch mehr Verständnis” [“Increasing trust by increasing understandability”] – interview for Saarbrücker Zeitung about the research project Explainable Intelligent Systems (EIS) (printed December 22nd, in German)

April 2020
“Wie eine schlechte Leitung beim Skypen” [“Like having a bad connection on Skype”]
– interview for Saarbrücker Zeitung about the effect of wearing masks in public on cognition (printed April 27th, in German)

October 2019
“Erklärbare intelligente Systeme: Verstehen. Verantwortung. Vertrauen.” [Explainable intelligent systems: Understanding. Responsibility. Trust] – penalist at public roundtable discussion with policy-makers and scientists at Saarbrücken townhall

June 2019
talk “Mechanism Discovery: What Does it Take?” at HHU Düsseldorf
Some scientific explanations describe mechanisms responsible for the phenomenon to be explained. For instance, explanations of memory and learning frequently involve reference to hippocampal long-term potentiation as the implementing neural mechanism. But how do scientists discover such mechanisms? Not surprisingly, discovery comes in many different forms. In this talk, I shall systematically examine three aspects of mechanism discovery. I shall argue that (i) there are different kinds of experiments contributing to discovery in different ways, (ii) mechanisms responsible for a phenomenon may take different forms, and (iii) throughout the discovery process, ontic and epistemic constraints need to be balanced. (watch online)

November 2018
“Basiswissen Yoga Philosophie” [Yoga Philosophy Basics] – an introduction to ancient Indian philosophy for yoga teacher trainees (in German, pdf available upon request)

June 2018
talk “On the Mechanistic Triad” for Neural Mechanism Online webinar series (watch on youtube)

June 2017
philosophy workshop for high school students “‘Kognition’ im Wandel der Zeit” [“‘Cognition’ Through the Ages”], held at Berlin School of Mind and Brain (in German)

March 2017
philosophy workshop for high school students “Glauben, Wissen, Wahn” [Belief, Knowledge, Delusion], held at Berlin School of Mind and Brain (in German)

October 2016
philosophical portrait for SWIP Germany e.V. (in German)

August – December 2012
scientific journalist for tv-rub, main movie project: “Aus der Tiefe in die Teiche” [Mine de-watering in the Ruhr-area, in German] (watch online)











other pages


Universität Bayreuth
department homepage 

Explainable Intelligent Systems (EIS)
research project homepage 

Philosophy & Computer Science (P&CS)
website of the P&CS Master’s program

Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (GWP)
I have been elected vice president of the Germany Society for Philosophy of Science.

European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA)
I am an active member and past co-chair of the EPSA Women’s Caucus

SWIP Germany e.V.
I am Bayreuth’s ambassador for SWIP Germany

Universität des Saarlandes
department homepage 

Berlin School of Mind and Brain
graduate school homepage
papers, drafts, abstracts, etc. 



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