Koen Vermeir, a Research Professor at the CNRS and the University of Paris, studies science in its cultural and social settings. A physicist-turned-historian and philosopher of science, he is interested in the nexus between science and public policy. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Centaurus, an international journal of the history of science and its cultural aspects, and he is on the Executive Council of the European Society for the History of Science.
Vermeir is an expert on the early development of science, its definition, boundary-work and demarcation from other practices, and he has reflected on the consequences for our notions of rationality and modernity. He is a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), where he focuses on the societal relevance of history and philosophy of science and where he drives societal and policy changes related to the sciences. He has led several working groups, including those on Open Science and Science Advice, and regularly advises the European Commission and international science agencies.
He has presented at the UN, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the USA National Academies of Sciences, ESOF and at other meetings relating to evidence informed policy making. He is currently on the Global Young Academy Executive Committee.