© Arne Sattler 2022

© Arne Sattler 2022


Stephanie Hood

Deputy Head of Communications (Since 2016)


Stephanie is Deputy Head of Communications at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. In her role, she is responsible for communications strategy, content development (digital and print), and coordinating media engagement, website management, and social media. With the team she also coordinates the institute's journalist-in-residence program and public outreach events including the Institute's Colloquium, Max-Planck-Tag, and Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften in Berlin.

Stephanie received her BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of York UK in 2009. She has an MSc (with Distinction) in History of Science awarded by the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London (UCL) jointly with Imperial College London (2013). Her master's thesis took the Challenger expedition (1872–76) as a case study of visual culture in nineteenth-century scientific exploration, considering how Daston and Galison's notion of "objectivity" could be applied to its scientific visual strategies.

She recently published her first book chapter, "Science, Photography, and Objectivity? Exploring Nineteenth-Century Visual Cultures through the HMS Challenger Expedition (1872–1876)," available open access in the edited volume Scientific Visual Representations in History (eds Valleriani, Giannini and Gianetto: Springer 2023, online here).

Stephanie has also worked as a copyeditor for the White Horse Press journals Environment and History, Environmental Values, and Global Environment. Before joining the MPIWG, she was an editor at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. Previously, she has worked as an English-language editor of tourist information at UNESCO heritage sites in PR China, supported and evaluated environmental and cultural heritage education projects for the Chinese Society for Education (CSE), and worked in administrative roles in the healthcare sector.


Podcast: Science Social

News & Press

The Institute welcomes Journalist in Residence Sahana Ghosh of Nature India


Journalist-in-Residence Fellowship (Deadline: October 3, 2022)


The Institute welcomes its first remote Journalist in Residence: Pakinam Amer


Selected Publications

Hood, Stephanie Lauren (2023). “Science, Photography, and Objectivity? Exploring Nineteenth-Century Visual Cultures through the HMS Challenger Expedition (1872–1876).” In Scientific Visual Representations in History, ed. M. Valleriani, G. Giannini,…

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Storytelling for the Environmental Humanities

American Society of Environmental History (ASEH) Conference, Boston, MA, USA

Culture Shock: Outside-the-Box Intersections of Environmental History and Cultural Institutions

American Society of Environmental History (ASEH) Conference, Columbus, Ohio, USA

The Epistemic Functions of Vision in Science

Università degli studi di Bergamo, Italy

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

Max Delbrück Center, Berlin-Buch

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