|University of Lucerne
Fellow der Forschungsgruppe
Martina Merz is a professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Lucerne (Switzerland). She studied physics and mathematics in Freiburg and Munich (Germany) and completed a PhD in physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Her aim to investigate contemporary sciences as social and cultural phenomena brought her to the Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld. From there she moved to Switzerland to conduct her first sociological project, an ethnographic study of the scientific communities at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva. As a researcher at the Universities of Berne and Lausanne, the EPFL (Lausanne) and EMPA (St. Gallen) she continued her investigation of contemporary sciences.
In her research she is particularly interested in issues pertaining to conceptual scientific practice, to the reconfigurations involved with computer-based research, and to the constitution of novel research areas (such as the nanosciences).
Since 2006 she heads the research project "Epistemic Practice, Social Organization, and Scientific Culture: Configurations of Nanoscale Research in Switzerland" (funded by SNF). Since 2009 she is cluster and module leader at the National Centre of Competence in Research "Iconic Criticism: The Power and Meaning of Images".