Max Bautista Perpinyà, Curriculum Vitae

'Aspirant' Doctoral Fellow of the Belgian National Science Fund (FNRS, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique).
E-mail: max dot bautista @ uclouvain dot be | Personal site:


I am a PhD candidate in the History and Philosophy of Science based at UCLouvain, in Belgium. I am interested in the historicity of 'biodiversity', which appears both as a technical tool in conservation and nature management projects and as a fertile concept able to mobilise great social and political efforts. My project is set in the Spanish context, based on three case studies in the last third of the twentieth century. I study how three different expert groups understood and valued diversity, and how they envisioned the relationship between science, nature, and society. I look at the cases of 1- state forest engineers, 2- regional nature conservation activists, and 3- biologists at a seed cryopreservation station.


2021-now PhD History and Philosophy of Science, Université catolique de Louvain (BE)

  • FNRS (Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique) ‘Aspirant’ Fellow

2018-2020 MSc History and Philosophy of Science, Utrecht University (NL)

  • Graduated Cum Laude.

2014-2016 MSc Neuroscience, Université de Strasbourg (FR) & Universität Freiburg (DE)

  • Graduated with High Honours (Mention Bien).

2011-2014 BSc Maastricht Science Programme, Maastricht University (NL)

  • Graduated with Honours.

Research experience

Sep 2019-Dec 2020 Researcher, Master Thesis @ Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Utrecht University (NL)

Sep 2016-Jun 2017 Research Assistant @ Rare Diseases Research Centre, Fundación Jiménez Díaz, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (ES)

  • Study of a rodent model of rare epileptic disease (Lafora disease)
  • Personal tasks: animal experimentation (behavioural testing, electrode implantation surgery, brain extraction), molecular research (analysis of neuroimaging data and histology).
  • Dr. Marina Sánchez, Dr. MD José Serratosa.

Sep 2015-Jun 2016 Researcher, Master Thesis @ Biological and Personality Psychology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Freiburg (DE)

  • Thesis: ‘Limbic morphology and emotion in Borderline Personality Disorder.’
  • Prof. Dr. Gregor Domes, Dr. Bastian Schiller.

Oct 2015-May 2016 Research Assistant @ Lab of Stereotaxy and Interventional Neuroscience, Uniklinikum Freiburg (DE)

  • Study of a rodent model of depression.
  • Personal tasks: animal experimentation (daily care and behavioural testing), molecular research (cryostat sectioning and histology), data analysis (analysis of ultrasonic vocalisation recordings).
  • Dr. Máté Döbrössy, Dr. MD Volker Coenen.

Editorial experience

2018-2022 Co-founder, Creative Director @ Journal of Trial and Error

  • Academic interdisciplinary publishing initiative providing a space for reports on and reflection upon productive failure in scientific practice. Now a Diamond OA journal.
  • Personal tasks: developing working concepts and editorial policy, conference talks, institutional contact, and design coordination.

Mar-Aug 2021 Editorial Assistant, Project Management @ ARTECHNE, Utrecht University

  • Edition and management of two edited volumes: Histories of Conservation and Art History in Modern Europe (Routledge) and The Making of Technique in the Art (Brepols).
  • Prof. Dr. Sven Dupré.

Jan-Dec 2020 Assistant Managing Editor @ Journal for the History of Knowledge

  • Manuscript anonymisation, contact with reviewers, coordination with editors-in-chief.

Awards and Fellowships

2022-ongoing ‘Aspirant’ Doctoral Fellow of the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (BE)

  • BIODIVKNOVAL: ‘Biodiversity and conservation science in Spain, 1970-present: knowledge and values in transition.’
  • Fully-funded 2-year Fellowship, extensible to an additional 2 years.

May 2022 Vicent Peset Llorca Fellowship 2021-22, Inter-university Institute López Piñero for the History of Medicine and Science, Universitat de València (ES)

  • ‘Empirical ground: first round of archive-based enquiries for a historical project on the concept of biodiversidad in the Spanish conservation movement and the work of ICONA’s ‘ingenieros de montes’ (1970-2000)’

Jun 2020 ‘Coronavirus crisis speed research’, Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University (NL)

  • ‘What does it mean to die as a senior? The evolving narrative of death in Spain during the coronavirus pandemic.’
  • 2000€ awarded.

Mar-May 2016 Scholarship Boussole, Region Alsace (FR)

  • 900€ awarded to perform an internship abroad (Germany).

Nov 2015-Feb 2016 Scholarship Erasmus+, European Commission

  • 1256€ awarded to perform an internship abroad (Germany).


Devine S, Bautista Perpinyà M, Delrue V, Gaillard S, Jorna T, van der Meer M, Millet L, Pozzebon C, Visser J. ‘Science Fails. Let’s Publish.’ Journal of Trial and Error.

Burgos DF, Cussó L, Sánchez-Elexpuru G, Calle D, Perpinyà MB, Desco M, Serratosa JM, Sánchez MP. ‘Structural and Functional Brain Abnormalities in Mouse Models of Lafora Disease.’ International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020; 21(20):7771.

Pfeiffer LM, Thiele S, Bautista Perpinyà ME, Coenen VA, Döbrössy MD (2016). 'Characterization of pre- and post-weaning behaviour in a rodent model of depression: Early affective dysfunction reflected in Vocalization.' Poster session, *XXII Congress of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery*, 28-09 to 01-10, Madrid (Spain).

Talks and public appearances

September 9, 2022 Speaker, 10th Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, September 7-10

  • Talk: ‘Straight trunks” and “original biocenosis”: production and conservation aims of Spanish foresters during the last third of the twentieth century at the Instituto Nacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza.’
  • Session: ‘Sustainability and Biodiversity.’

May 13, 2022 Speaker, III Congreso de la Red España de Historia Ambiental de España, May 11-13

  • Talk: ‘Descentralizando la historia de la biodiversidad: el conocimiento científico y su co-construcción con políticas nacionales ambientales en el ICONA.’

Jul 13, 2021 Speaker, British Society for the History of Science

  • Lightning Session: ‘Patrons, Publics, and Profiteers: Selling Science in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.’
  • Talk: ‘”If You Need a New Microscope – Why Purchase an Old One?” Scientific Advertisements in Nature and Their Role in the Printed Forum of the Laboratory Research Community.’

Jun 15, 2021 Host and Moderator, Online event

  • ‘Open Science rankings: yes, no, or not this way? A debate on developing and implementing transparency metrics.’
  • A three-way debate organized by the Journal of Trial and Error, the Open Science Community Tilburg and Utrecht, and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (Leiden).

Feb 2, 2021 Invited speaker, Sociedad Española de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular

  • Roundtable: ‘Jornadas sobre la carrera investigadora – ¿Qué es una publicación científica? Cómo generar una publicación científica. Tipos de publicaciones. Publicar en abierto: Open Science. Publicar resultados negativos.’
  • Talk: ‘¿Qué es una publicación científica? Reflexiones históricas, filosóficas, y críticas.’

Dec 30, 2020 Organiser and host, Online event

  • Journal Launch Online Event: ‘Opening Issue, the Journal of Trial and Error.’

Oct 29, 2020 Speaker, Descartes Center

  • Department Master Thesis Colloqium
  • Talk: ‘To be a molecular scientist: Technical social responsibility in 1970s Nature advertisements and leaders.’

Oct 22, 2020 Invited speaker, IV Conveción Científica Internacional (Universidad Técnica de Manabí)

  • Roundtable: ‘Sistemas latinoamericanos de indexación: ética o estética.’
  • Talk: ‘Ciencia Abierta: Globalidad y Localidad.’

May 25, 2020 Panellist, Open Publishing Fest

  • Talk: ‘Presenting the Journal of Trial and Error.’

Feb 21, 2020 Invited speaker and panellist, University of Bern

  • Talk: ‘The Journal of Trial and Error meets the Early-Career Swiss Society for Neuroscience.’

Feb 12, 2020 Invited speaker, Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • Open Science Community Rotterdam
  • ‘ReproducibiliTea: Meet the Journal of Trial and Error.’

Nov 26, 2019 Seminar organiser and presenter, Utrecht University

  • Talk: ‘Engaged History: Should Academia Lead to Activism?’

Jul 12, 2019 Invited speaker, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge University

  • Talk: ‘The Journal of Trial and Error. Publishing science in the making: trying and erring in the age of open science.’

Jun 14, 2019 Speaker, Université de Strasbourg

  • Talk: ‘The Journal of Trial and Error, the Joint Master in Neuroscience, and History and Philosophy of Science. A productive initiative?’

Teaching / Mentoring

Mar-Sep 2021 Internship Coordinator, Journal of Trial and Error & Utrecht University (NL)

  • Support of 1 MSc HPS student from Utrecht University as an intern at the journal.
  • Design of internship goals and assessment of milestones.

Academic years 2020-21, 2021-22 Workshop speaker, Utrecht University (NL)

  • ‘Community Research Ethics and Publication Ethics’, ‘Publication Possibilities, Scientific Outreach and Open Science.’
  • Life Science Faculty Introductory days for 500+ new master students.

2016 Student supervisor, Biological & Personality Psychology Laboratory, Universität Freiburg (DE)

  • Daily management of several undergraduates. Teaching a neuroimaging sectioning manual technique to the students.

Journalistic publications

Max Bautista Perpinyà (2021). “Online conferences won’t do it. Instead of ‘sustainable’ academic history, we need engaged historians working less and collaborating with activists”, Sustainable Academia series, Next Generation Action Team (NEXTGATe) of the European Society for Environmental History and Historians for Future. Link and Link

Max Bautista Perpinyà (2020). ‘JOTE in conversation with researchers: Daniël Lakens. Whose fault is it that science is irreproducible? And who the heck are metascientists?’ Journal of Trial and Error. Link.

Max Bautista Perpinyà (2020). 'JOTE in conversation with researchers. How does failure arise? How do you deal with it? – Léa Roumazeilles.' *Journal of Trial and Error*. Link.

Max Bautista Perpinyà (2020). ‘Open Science Symposium – Starting off with the Natural Sciences.’ The Road to Open Science, Open Science Community Utrecht. Link.

Max Bautista Perpinyà, Martijn van der Meer (2019). ‘Are we facing a bigger monster? The Journal of Trial and Error visits Cambridge.’ Journal of Trial and Error. Link.

Max Bautista Perpinyà (2020). ‘Holanda Abierta.’ Científicos Españoles en los Países Bajos/Spanish Scientists in the Netherlands (CENL/SWNL).

## Technical IT skills Front-end website design (CSS, HTML), Python, Pure (management system for research publications), Open Journal Systems, Graphic design (Photoshop, Lightroom), Freesurfer, SPSS, ITK-Snap, Linux, ImageJ.
## Molecular Laboratory skills Immunohistochemistry, (RT)-PCR, Western blot, Stereological methods, Rodent handling (European Certificate), Tissue Sectioning (vibratome, cryostat).


Spanish: Native, Catalan: Native, English: Full Professional, French: Intermediate.

Last Update

October 2022