Georgiana Kotsou is currently a PhD candidate in the history department at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, investigating international chemistry conferences and the forms of sociability developed in them during the course of the 20th century. Her research is part of the larger European collaborative project “The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History” funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area network. Using the collections at the Science History Institute, she focuses on the conferences organized by the Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the Gordon conferences. She is particularly interested in the rituals and routines of conference culture and their role in scientific identity formation, community building, and knowledge production.

Kotsou holds a BA in sociology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Greece and two master’s degrees from Maastricht University: media studies with a specialization in media culture and European studies on society, science, and technology.