Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2020
    Vice-rector for Research, University of Klagenfurt

  • Since 2014
    Professor of Science Studies, Department of Science Communication and Higher Education Research, University of Klagenfurt

  • 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. MacLeod, M. Merz, U. Mäki, M. Nagatsu (guest editors) (2019). Special Issue on Interdisciplinarity. Perspectives on Science 27(4).

  • M. Merz (2018). Epistemic Innovation: How Novelty Comes About in Science. In: W. Rammert et al. (eds.), Innovation Society Today: Perspectives, Fields, and Cases. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 325-339.

  • 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 in LHC Experiments" (one of six projects in the context of DFG/FWF Research Unit “The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider”). Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF), project leader, 2016 – 2020 & 2020 – 2023

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

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

  • "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), project leader with Prof. Dr. S. Maasen, 2004 – 2005

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

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

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, 2015 – 2017

  • 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

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Living, working, traveling in multicultural and multilingual environments


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