Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2014
    Professor of Science Studies, Department of Science Communication and Higher Education Research, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt | Wien | Graz

  • 2014
    Senior researcher, TINT Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

  • 2012 – 2013
    Ass. Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Lucerne

  • 2006 – 2012
    Professor of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Department of Sociology, University of Lucerne

  • 2005 – 2006
    Head of the research area "Social Studies of Science and Technology" (50%), Observatoire Science, Politique, Société, University of Lausanne

  • 2004 – 2006
    Senior Scientist (50%), Technology and Society Lab, EMPA (Materials Science and Technology), ETH-Domain, St. Gall

  • 2001 – 2004
    Postdoctoral scientific collaborator, Observatoire Science, Politique, Société, EPF Lausanne

  • 2001 – 2002
    Program Manager Science, Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zürich

  • 1998 – 2001
    Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Sociology, University of Berne

  • 1996 – 1998
    Fellowship for advanced researchers, German Research Council (DFG)

  • 1990 – 1996
    Postdoctoral research scientist, Faculty of Sociology and Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University

  • 1990
    Dr.rer.nat. (Ph.D.) in physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • 1986 – 1989
    Scientific collaborator, Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching

  • 1985
    Diploma (M.Sc.) in physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Selected publications

  • M. Merz, P. Sormani (eds.) (2016): The Local Configuration of New Research Fields: On Regional and National Diversity. Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook 29, Cham et al.: Springer

  • M.R. Evans et al. (2013): Do simple models lead to generality in ecology? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28 (10), 578-583

  • M. Merz (2011): Designed for travel: Communicating facts through images. In: P. Howlett & M.S. Morgan (eds.), How Well Do Facts Travel? The Dissemination of Reliable Knowledge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 349-375

  • M. Merz, P. Biniok (2010): How Technological Platforms Reconfigure Science-Industry Relations: The Case of Micro- and Nanotechnology. Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Society 48 (2), 105-124

  • M. Merz (2009): L'imagerie composite dans la communication scientifique. Protée – Revue internationale de théories et de pratiques sémiotiques 37 (3), 93-103

  • B. Heintz, M. Merz, C. Schumacher (2007): Die Macht des Offensichtlichen. Bedingungen geschlechtlicher Personalisierung in der Wissenschaft. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 36 (4), 261-281

  • M. Merz (2006): Locating the Dry Lab on the Lab Map. Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook 25, 155-172

  • B. Heintz, M. Merz, C. Schumacher (2004): Wissenschaft, die Grenzen schafft. Geschlechterkonstellationen im disziplinären Vergleich. Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag

  • M. Merz (1999): Multiplex and Unfolding: Computer Simulation in Particle Physics. Science in Context 12 (2), 293-316

  • M. Merz, K. Knorr Cetina (1997): Deconstruction in a "Thinking" Science: Theoretical Physicists at Work. Social Studies of Science 27 (1), 73-111


Selected projects

  • "Producing Novelty and Securing Credibility: LHC Experiments in STS-Perspective." Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2016 – 2019. Project leader

  • "Epistemic Practice, Social Organization, and Scientific Culture: Configurations of Nanoscale Research in Switzerland." Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation, 2006 – 2012. Project leader

  • "Iconic Criticism: The Power and Meaning of Images. National Centre of Competence in Research" (NCCR). Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation, 2009 – 2013. Member of the board of directors, co-director of Cluster "Image, Model and Design Process"

  • "SoKuTa: Technology Assessment with Social Sciences and Humanities Orientation." Funding: TA-SWISS Centre for Technology Assessment and the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW), 2004 – 2005. Project leader with Prof. Dr. S. Maasen

  • "Disciplinary Differentiation and Scientific Practice: Computer-based Work at the Interface of Research Fields." Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation, 2000 – 2004. Project leader

  • "Epistemic Strategy of Simulation in Theoretical and Experimental Particle Physics." Funding: German Research Council (DFG), 1996 – 1998. Project leader

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Scientific journals

  • Science & Technology Studies: editor (since 2015)

  • Social Studies of Science: member of editorial board (since 2008)

  • Ethnographic Studies: member of advisory board (since 2013)

Scientific associations

  • Austrian Association for Science and Technology Studies (STS Austria): treasurer & board member (since 2015)

  • German Sociological Association (DGS), Section Science and Technology Studies: member of scientific council (2010-2014)

  • Society for Social Studies of Science (4S): member of scientific council (2005 – 2008)

  • Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology, and Society (STS-CH): (co-)president (2001 – 2012)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Living, working, traveling in multicultural and multilingual environments


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