Dr. Andreas Wenninger

Former Postdoc

Sociology of Science

Since 2015 research associate at MCTS, since 2017 postdoctoral fellow at the Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair of Sociology of Science at TUM. 2017 doctorate at MCTS, TU Munich (dissertation: “Scienctific boundary work on the Internet. Case studies in a blog portal”). 2015 to 2017 scientific coordination in the academy project Communication between science, the public and the media: significance, opportunities and risks of social media. 2012/2013 Lecturer at the Institute for Sociology at Leibniz University of Hannover. 2006 to 2012 research associate at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld. 2000-2005 studied sociology, social psychology and philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Diploma thesis: “On the empiricism of systems theory. Practical fields of a systems theoretically oriented research”).

Since May 2017 researcher in the subproject “Evidence in Citizen Science: between non-certified expertise, professional supervision and mechanization” of the DFG research group 2448 “Evidence practices in science, medicine, technology and society”.

  • science communication
  • participatory science / citizen science
  • digital & social media
  • sociological theory
  • qualitative social research


  • Wenninger, Andreas und Dickel, Sascha (2019): Paradoxien digital-partizipativer Wissenschaft. Zur sozio-epistemischen Grenzarbeit in Citizen Science und Wissenschaftsblogs. In: Österreich Zeitschrift für Soziologie 44 (Suppl 1), Sonderheft 19 Digitalization and Society, hrsg. von Christoph Musik und Alexander Bogner, S. 257–286. DOI: 10.1007/s11614-019-00357-0.
  • Wenninger, Andreas (2019): Digitale Grenzkämpfe der Wissenschaft: Boundary-Work am Beispiel eines Blogportals (Dissertation). Springer VS: Wiesbaden. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-25298-4
  • Weingart, Peter; Wormer, Holger; Wenninger, Andreas; Hüttl, Reinhard F. (Ed.) (2017): Perspektiven der Wissenschaftskommunikation im digitalen Zeitalter. Velbrück GmbH Bücher und Medien. Weilerswist: Velbrück.
  • Wenninger, Andreas (2016): Wissenschaftsblogs: zwischen gesellschaftlicher Kontextherstellung und Selbstbezüglichkeit. In: Daniela Schiek und Carsten G. Ullrich (Ed.): Qualitative Online-Erhebungen. Voraussetzungen – Möglichkeiten – Grenzen. Springer VS, p. 25-54.
  • Schirmer, Dominique; Sander, Nadine and Wenninger, Andreas (Ed.) (2015): Die qualitative Analyse internetbasierter Daten. Methodische Herausforderungen und Potenziale von Online-Medien. Springer VS.
  • Wenninger (2015): Hermeneutische Analysen im Internet: Methodologische und methodische Erörterungen am Fall wissenschaftlicher Weblogs. In: Dominique Schirmer et al. (Ed.): Die qualitative Analyse internetbasierter Daten. Herausforderungen und Potenziale von Online-Medien. Springer VS, p. 51-87.

Winter Term 2018/2019

  • Immersion Project: Participatory Science—Forms, Functions, Implications
    LV-Nr. 0000004462
    Citizen Science and other forms of Public Engagement with Science and Technology (PUS) aim to bring science and civil society closer together. In contrast to earlier efforts to make science understandable and attractive to the general public, the context of participatory science means more. Here, citizens are to be empowered to actively participate in scientific research out of their own interest or even to set it up by them-selves. In this project, we deal with different kinds of participatory science, their forms of participation, ways of functioning and their (normative) connection with civil society. We will jointly consider which dimensions of scientific theory, law, ethics and technical practices are affected within the framework of participatory science. In particular, we want to critically ex-amine the question of whether and to what extent a new scientific prac-tice is formed in the context of participatory science, the normative framework of which may taken from the popular scientific debates con-cerning the “Anthropocene epoch”.


  • 28.07.2018, Panel organization: Contested gates – epistemic and social implications of opening knowledge production and science communication (with S. Dickel and W. Reichmann), „Meetings – Making Science, Technology and Society together“, EASST 2018, Lancaster
  • 19./20.07.2018, Workshop organization: Anthropocene and Citizen Science: Evidence Gained through the “Opening-up” of Academic Knowledge Production? (With Fabienne Will). Deutsches Museum, München
  • 16.03.2018, Panelist: Standing up for science – the nuts and bolts, „Standing up for Science media and policy workshop“, Voice of Young Science EU, Brussels
  • 08.12.2017, Vortrag: Experten und Laien 2.0. Zur Persistenz asymmetrischer Strukturen in digital-partizipativer Wissenschaft (with S. Dickel), „Soziologie zwischen Theorie und Praxis“, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Universität Graz (Sektion Technik- und Wissenschaftsforschung)
  • 16.11.2017, Vorlesung: Experten und Laien 2.0 – Wissenschaft im Kontext digitaler Partizipation (with S. Dickel), Ringvorlesung der DFG-Forschergruppe 2448 „Vom Wissen zur Gewissheit: Evidenzpraktiken in Wissenschaft, Medizin, Technik und Gesellschaft“
  • 08.10.2015, Talk: Science Communication and New Media: „YouTube and Blogs“ (with A. Geipel), Internationales TUM Alumni Seminar Wissenschaftskommunikation, Technische Universität München
  • 14.11.2014, Vortrag: Wissenschaftliches Boundary-Work: Legitimierungsstrategien der Weblogkommunikation, Workshop „Neue Felder der Wissenschaftsforschung“ des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs „Locating Media“, Universität Siegen.
  • German Sociological Society (DGS)
  • Society for Science and Technology Research (GWTF)