Maria Rentetzi is the chair for science, technology and gender studies in the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. She has been trained as a physicist and as a historian of science and technology. Her research focuses on two intertwined areas of inquiry: the investigation of the politically and historically situated character of technoscience and the critical examination of gender as a major analytic category in technoscientific endeavors. As part of her ERC Consolidator Grant project Rentetzi currently leads the development of what she calls “The Diplomatic Studies of Science.” This is a highly interdisciplinary field of research at the intersection of science and technology studies, history of science, diplomatic history, political sciences, and international affairs. Before joining FAU, she was a guest professor at the Technische Universität Berlin and a Professor for History and Sociology of Science and Technology at the National Technical University of Athens.

Rentetzi organized the 2021 Gordon Cain Conference, “Diplomatic Studies of Science: The Interplay of Science, Technology, and International Affairs after the Second World War.”