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TU Berlin: Consortium #7, WP6 LEADER

Maria Rentetzi is a professor at the Institute for Philosophy, Literary Studies and History of Science and Technology at the Technical University Berlin. She was originally trained as a physicist, received an MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (NTUA), an MA in Philosophy (VTUSA) and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (VT-USA). She was recently awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant entitled « Living with Radiation: The History of Radiation Protection and the IAEA ». She is the recipient of the Gutenberg eprize of the American Historical Association (2003), the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Social Sciences from Virginia Tech (2004) and a Honorific Mention from the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division of History of Science and Technology (2003). Prior to her current role, she was a Professor for History and Sociology of Science and Technology at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and director of the University’s Laboratory for History of Science. In 2011 she was invited as a consultant at the IAEA, Division of Human Health on issues related to the history of the Agency’s dosimetry laboratory. She has a long-standing interest in the systematic connection between history and philosophy of science and the social studies of science. She has been an expert on the history of radioactivity and nuclear physics and has a special focus on gender in science and technology.

M. Rentetzi is a WP Leader and will organise as such a Local Network Presentation seminar, a Thematic Workshop. She will participate in the Management Board. She will conduct her own study on the science diplomacy of the nuclear safeguards system, especially the role of the IAEA in the creation and maintenance of this system.

Case Study Pitch

Prof. Rentetzi is author of InsSciDE case study n°6.4a, Addressing nuclear security through the study of IAEA’s safeguards system. Read the pitch for this case study here.

This pitch outlines how case study 6.4a focuses on the historical role of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the creation and maintenance of the global nuclear safeguards system. Key quote: ’We consider the paradoxes of the IAEA as an agency and system aiming at both the development of nuclear technologies (nuclear power, exploitation of nuclear raw materials), and their control and restriction.’