Prof. Jürgen Renn has been a director (currently executive director) at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science since 1994 and chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Section of the Max Planck Society since 2016. His research focuses on structural changes in knowledge systems in the following areas: the history of mechanical thinking, science in antiquity, modern physics, and the globalisation of knowledge. He is especially interested epistemic history, digital humanities, and challenges to the history of knowledge and science in the Anthropocene. Renn is a member of various scientific advisory boards and committees and was elected to the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina in 2005. Parallel to his work for the Max Planck Institute, Renn plays an active role in the International Academy for the History of Science and is a member of the Executive Board of the “Topoi” Cluster of Excellence and a member of the Directorate of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg.

He is a member of the steering committee of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 and a member of the working group on the Global Commons.


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