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Kostas Kampourakis

Maitre d'Enseignement et de recherche/ Chargé d'enseignement

At the Section of Biology I teach the coures "Biologie et Société" and Comprendre l'Evolution" to undergraduate students; at the University Teacher Training Institute (IUFE) I am teaching a science education course to secondary science teachers.

Dépt. de Génétique & Evolution
Laboratoire AGP
Quai Ernest-Ansermet 30
1205 Genève / Suisse

+41 22 379 07 22

I am the author and editor of several books about science. I am particularly interested in the public understanding of evolution and genetics, as well as of nature of science. The books I have written have been very well received, and they are considered to be well-written and accessible to a broad audience. I believe that scholars should do society a service by serving as public intellectuals who educate non-experts on topics, and this is a contribution I would very much like to make through my books. All my work is available and accessible at

My latest authored books are Ancestry Reimagined: Dismantling the Myth of Genetic Ethnicities, published by Oxford University Press in 2023, and How we Get Mendel Wrong, and Why it Matters: Challenging the Narrative of Mendelian Genetics, which will be published by Routledge (CRC Press) in early 2024. I have also completed an edited collection, titled Darwin Mythology: Debunking Myths, Correcting Falsehoods, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. Finally, as I enjoy working on books, I have another authored one under way, Science Distrust, which is currently looking for a home.

I am the Editor of the book series Understanding Life, published by Cambridge University Press. The books in the series are intended for a broad audience interested in the life sciences, and their aim is to address widespread misunderstandings about the respective topics.

In the past, I was the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Science & Education, the founding editor of the Springer book series Science: Philosophy, History and Education, and the founding co-editor of the Springer book series Contributions from Biology Education Research. I have also served as Book Review Editor of the research journal Science & Education, Adjunct Instructor at the Department of Mathematics and Science Education of Illinois Institute of Technology and coordinator for science education for grades K-6 as well as member of the Department of Educational Research and Development of Geitonas School, in Greece, where I also taught biology and nature of science to secondary school and IB DP students.

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