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Kärin Nickelsen is spokesperson for the DFG-Research Group "Cooperation and Competition in the Sciences, 1970s-1990s".
- History of the experimental life sciences, 19th and 20th century
- Classical Natural History around 1800
- Processes of scientific model making
- Individual and collective methodology of research
Curriculum Vitae of Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen as PDF.
- DFG (German Research Association) Research Group „Cooperation and Competition in the Sciences“ (Speaker: Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen) (DFG project number: 316001474)
- Disciplinary Competition. Negotiating the prerogative of interpretation between biological and social sciences, ca. 1970-1990 (DFG project number: 316166947)
- The Artists of Natural History. Studying the Cooperation of Draughtsmen, Copper Engravers and Natural Historians in the 18th century (DFG project number: 282653476)
- Botanical Illustrations around 1800
Short CV (Academic Career)
- 1992-1999: Diploma in biology and history of science at the university of Göttingen and Glasgow
- 2002: Doctorate Dr. phil. nat. in Bern (summa cum laude)
- 2002-2006: Assistant at the Faculty for the Theory and History of Science (Bern)
- 2005: Visiting scholar at the university of Illinois, Urbana, as Prof. Govindjee´s guest
- Sept.-Dec. 2008: Visiting scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Dept. II, Prof. Dr. Lorraine Daston)
- 2010: Habilitation at the philosophical and natural-scientific faculty at the university of Bern
- 2006-2011: Assistant professor at the Faculty for the Theory and History of Science, university of Bern/Switzerland (extension in 2010 due to positive evaluation by external expertise)
- Since October 1, 2011: Professor (W3) for the History of Science at the Department of History at LMU Munich.
- April 2020: Elected member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
- 2019: Elected member of the “Scientific Commission for the Life Sciences” of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
- October 2018: Elected member of the "Committee for Integrated History & Philosophy of Science" (20 members worldwide; election due to research achievements)
- January 2012: Elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
- 2010: Habilitation awarded with the Dalberg-Award as well as with the Caspar-Friedrich-Wolff-Medal.
- 2005: Entry into the “Young Academy” at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Leopoldina (Selection due to scientific excellence; 10 members are voted in each year)
Organized Events (selection)
- 2016: Summer School “The Scientific Revolution?”, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London; Speakers: Prof. Sachiko Kusukawa, Cambridge; Prof. Adam Mosley, Swansea. (Munich, July 18-22, 2016)
- 2015: Summer School "Natural History, Politics and Religion in the Victorian Age", in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London. Speakers: Prof. Jim Secord, Cambridge; Prof. Peter Bowler, Belfast. (London, July 20 -24, 2015)
- 2015 (Concept and organization): International conference on “Perspectives for the History of the Life Sciences: New Themes, New Sources, New Approaches", in cooperation with Robert Meunier, Kassel. (Munich, October 30 – November 1, 2015)
- 2014 (Concept and organization): Workshop at the ICI Berlin on „Models of Cooperatin in the Sciences“, in cooperation with Robert Meunier, Munich. (Berlin, December 12, 2014)
- 2013 (Organization): International workshop on „Transfer of Knowledge across Disciplinary Boundaries“, in cooperation with Christian Joas, Munich and Fabian Krämer, Munich. (Munich, October 11-12, 2013)
Professional Affiliations and Functions
- Since 2019: Dean of the Faculty of History and the Arts at LMU Munich
- Since 2019: Elected member of the “Scientific Commission for the Life Sciences” of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
- Since 2019: Editor of the “History of Science and Humanities“
- Since 2018: Elected member of the “Committee for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (HPS)”
- Since 2018: Member of the scientific board of advisers of the “Center for Studies of Israel”, LMU Munich.
- Since 2017: Elected mentor of Faculty 09 (Arts and History) at LMU Munich.
- Since 2017: Editor of the book series Wissenschaftskulturen (Cultures of Science) (Franz Steiner Verlag)
- Since 2015: Editorial board of the Journal of the History of Biology (2015), Sudhoffs Archiv (2016), Studies in History and Philosophy of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (2017)
- Since 2012: Member of the jury presiding over the publication award of the Deutsches Museum, Munich.
- Since 2011: Member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
- 2018-2020: Member of the program committee preparing the Leopoldina annual conference 2020 on the topic of “Biodiversity”, Halle, September 2020.
- 2017-19: Member of the Program Committee for the IHSPSSB conference (International Society for Historical, Philosophical and Social Studies of Biology), Oslo, July 2019.
- 2016-2018: Member of the German National Committee “History of Science, Medicine and Technology“
- 2013-2018: Speaker of the Munich Center for the History of Science and Technology (MZWTG).
- 2013-2018: Chairman of the German professional association „History of Science“
- 2011-2018: Board member of the research center “Bases of Modernity“ (Historical Seminar, LMU Munich)
- 2013-2014: Vice-chairman of the German Society for the History and Theory of Biology.
- 2013-2015: Mentor at the mentor-program for scientists at the university of Regensburg.
- 2009-2012: Member of the board of advisers of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in preparation of and in order to coordinate events during the 2008/9 year of Evolution in Nature, Technology and Culture.
- 2006-2018: Editorial Board Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology.
- 2001-2011: Co-editor of the book series Bern Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Bern).