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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


PhD student

College: King's

Supervisor: Hasok Chang

Advisor: Anna Alexandrova

Thesis topic: How chemicals matter: the ontology of chemical substance

Research interests: philosophy of chemistry, general philosophy of science, feminist philosophy


Marabel Riesmeier, Jennifer Keute, Margaret-Ashley Veall, Daniel Borschneck, Alice Stevenson, Anna Garnett, Alice Williams, Maria Ragan, and Thibaut Deviese. "Recipes of Ancient Egyptian kohl more diverse than previously thought." Scientific Reports 12 (2022): 5932.

Thibaut Devièse, Margaret-Ashley Veall, Richard Allen, Marabel Riesmeier, Jamie Cameron, Dominique Bonjean, and Thomas Higham. "From photogrammetry to radiocarbon dating; investigating hafting adhesives on stone tools using a multi-analytical approach." Journal of Archaelogical Science 34 (2020): 102664.

Marabel Riesmeier, Marco Mattonai, Szu Shen Wong, Margaret-Ashley Veall, John Betts, Matthew Johnston, Erika Ribechini, and Thibaut Devièse. "Molecular profiling of Peru Balsam reveals active ingredients responsible for its pharmaceutical properties." Natural Product Research (2020): 1-6.

Marabel Riesmeier. "Application of Kuhn's theory of scientific revolution to the theory development of disruptive innovation." Journal of Business Chemistry, no. 2 (2020): 58-68.

Selected Conferences/Invited Talks

'Traces and Techniques: The Chemistry of Ancient Egyptian Kohl', Archaeology, Conservation Science and the History of Chemistry: Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) Meeting, University College London (2022).

'An Interactive Approach to the Notion of Chemical Substance', The 26th Conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry, Lille University (2022).

'Collective Epistemic Humility in the Development of Structural Formulas', British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Annual Meeting, Queens University, Belfast (2022).

'Understanding the Notion of Chemical Substance as a Dynamic Aggregate', Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Biennial Conference, Ghent University (2022).

'How is water even real?', Symposium: Realism for realistic people, A Copenhagen-Cambridge symposium on Hasok Chang’s philosophy of science, University of Copenhagen (2022).

'What Does It Mean To Leave Chemical Traces? – A Case Study on Ancient Egyptian Kohl', Chemistry Outside the Laboratory: Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) Postgraduate Workshop (2022).


Gates Cambridge Scholarship (2021-present)

Popper Prize for best performance on the MSc in Philosophy of Science, LSE (2020)

Graduate Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (2019-2020)

Best Paper Award in Advanced Innovation Management (2019)

Outstanding delegate both individually and as a team at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in New York (2018)

Scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (2014-2021)

Marabel Riesmeier

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