Dr. Tim Flink

Dr. Tim Flink
research assistant
tim.flink (at) hu-berlin.de

Interdisziplinäre Zentren gemäß AS-Beschluss vom 17.02.2004 → IZ für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (Merton Zentrum)
Function / Working Area
Visiting address
Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 130
Phone number
(030) 2093-66618
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

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  • 09/2014 – current Research Fellow and Lecturer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Science Studies Group
  • 04/2010 – 04/2015 Member of the DFG Research Training Group “Entering the Knowledge Society: Science in Applied and Advisory Contexts” at the Institute of Science and Technology Studies (IWT), University of Bielefeld. Doctoral dissertation in 2015 on the “Institutionalisation of the European Research Council” (supervised by Prof. Alfons Bora and Prof. Gabriele Abels)
  • 08/2008 – 09/2014 Research Fellow at the WZB’s Research Group on Science Policy Studies
  • 10/2007 – 04/2008 Research at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
  • 09/2007 – 05/2008 Graduate School with a Focus in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (Manchester Business School)
  • 02/2006 – 09/2007 Personal Assistant to the Board of Directors of the EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi), detached to Brussels by the DFG-president and  -secretary general
  • 2004, 2005 Internships at Deutscher Bundestag (Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment) and KoWi
  • 09/2000 – 01/2006 Studies of Political Science, English/American Literature and Social History in Bournemouth, Bremen and Lille.


Research Interests

  • Sciences Studies
  • Sociology of Knowledge and Organisations
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Sociological Institutionalism
  • International Relations


Research Projects



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Publications (selection)


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Talks (selection)

  • (29.01.2019) Speech and Panel contribution on Science Diplomacy at the Annual Reception of the UK Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology.
  • (06.07.2018) Keynote Speech on Science Diplomacy and the Needs of Career Diplomats; Czech Centres, Prague.
  • (07.06.2018) Presentation: “Science Diplomacy for Sustainable Growth – Towards a Supportive Governance Framework”; EU-SPRI Conference, Paris.
  • (21.04.2018) Keynote Speech: Setting the Scene – The Inspiration and Prospects of Science Diplomacy in the Euro-Mediterranean Region. BioVision Conference Alexandria, Egypt (upon invitation by the EU delegation).
  • (08.09.2017) Invited Speaker for a Featured Panel on “the Institutionalization and Future of the European Research Council”. ECPR Conference, Oslo.
  • (07.07.2017) Paper Presentation on “Excellence and Frontier Research as Travelling Concepts in Science Policymaking”, Annual Conference of the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) in York.


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  • H2020 RIA “Using science for diplomacy for sustainable development” (www.S4D4C.eu / DZHW.eu) , Work package lead, conceptual framework, 2018-2021 (238.000 EUR)
  • BMBF Research Campus (Phase I) “Mobility2Grid”, Co-applicant and coordinator of a consortium with 15 academic and industrial partners; Ethnographic research and reflexive evaluation, 01/2012-10/2014 (180.000 EUR)
  • BMBF Summer School on Higher Education and Science Studies 09/2015 (60.000 EUR), Co-applicant; program co-coordinator
  • EFI Status and Development of Research at German Universities in International Perspective, 05/2011-12/2011 (100.000 EUR); Co-applicant, research, MA-student thesis supervision
  • DFG (PhD Scholarship) “The Institutionalisation of the European Research Council”, 04/2010-04/2013
  • BMBF Critical Assessing of Science Diplomacy in a six countries comparison, Co-PI, ethnographic and interview-based research in embassies of the BRIC-states (250.000 EUR)


Other Professional and Civic Activities

  • Consultancy work, speeches and presentations for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Foreign Ministries of Germany and Switzerland, the European Commission (DG RTD, EEAS), the European Research Council (ERC), the German Academic Exchange Service, the German Research Foundation, the UK Parliament
  • 2014 – present: Elected member of the doctoral dissertation committee and the finance committee in the faculty for social sciences and humanities; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2010 – 2012: Elected member of the WZB’s Scientific Council
  • Reviewer for numerous international and German scientific journals: Global Policy; Journal of Contemporary European Research; Journal of Science Communication; Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie; Leviathan; Minerva; Public Understanding of Science; Science and Public Policy; Social Studies of Science


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SoSe 2019
53148 European Science and Technology Policy    
53191 Qualitative sozialwissenschaftliche Methoden und Internationale Forschungs- und Tech-nologiepolitik
WiSe 2018/19
53147 Einführung in die Wissenschaftspolitik                          
SoSe 2018
53158 Research Integrity: Partnerschaften zwischen Nord und Süd    
53127 Einführung in die Wissenschaftspolitik
WiSe 2017/18
53102 Die Wissenschaft der Gesellschaft
53146 Forschungsförderer im Vergleich: Leistungen, Funktionen und Impact
SoSe 2017
53126 Internationale Kooperationen und Konflikte                                  
53140 Einführung in die Wissenschaftspolitik
WiSe 2016/17
53130  Akteure und Akteurskonstellationen in der Wissenschaftspolitik          
53135 Einführung in die Wissenschaftspolitik
SoSe 2016
53126  Kommunikationstheoretische Ansätze in der Wissenschaftsforschung                                     
53140 Internationalisierung von Wissenschaft und Wissenschaftspolitik
WiSe 2015/16

Einführung in die Wissenschaftspolitik                                

53115 Exzellenz in der Wissenschaft
SoSe 2015
53095  Einführung in die Wissenschaftspolitik                                   
WiSe 2014/15
53121  Internationalisierung von Wissenschaft und Wissenschaftspolitik
WiSe 2013/14
53139  Wissenschaftspolitik    


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