Niki Vermeulen followed the Arts and Culture program at Maastricht University, specializing in ‘Technological Culture’. In 2003 she graduated with a master thesis on the origin and application of network theories. During her studies Niki has been a research-assistant in a study on the knowledge society and within a project on the agricultural biotechnology debate. Furthermore, she did internships with the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and with the Scientific Council of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C. Here she wrote a report on life sciences innovation in the United States which inspired her current research. Recently, Niki has been a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Science and Technology Studies Unit at the University of York.