Olivier Grenier

Ph. D. Student in Science & Technology Studies at UQÀM


Olivier decided to study philosophy to complement his knowledge as a science and technology teacher during the fall of 2014. He has since developed an interest in epistemology and philosophy of science. On the one hand, he is curious about the relationship between people and knowledge in our modern societies. Since information is generated at a high rate nowadays, it appears important to know more about the way people justify their beliefs. On the other hand, Olivier is interested by the contemporary debates in philosophy of science, especially the one about the use of laws and generalizations in social sciences.


  • Ph. D. Student in Science & Technology Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), supervisors: Vincent Guillin and François Claveau (started in September 2019).
  • M.A., Philosophy and Applied Ethics – Applied Ontology Specialization, Université de Sherbrooke, supervisor: Adrien Barton, co-supervisor: François Claveau, (2017 - 2019)
  • B.A., Philosophy Université de Sherbrooke, (2014 - 2017)
  • B.A., High school education science and technology, Université Laval, (2010 - 2014)

Refereed conferences

  • Adrien Barton, Jean-François Éthier and Olivier Grenier (to come). "Symposium : Les ontologies biomédicales appliquées", Congress of the Société de philosophie des sciences, Faculté des sciences de Nantes, July 4, 2018.
  • Olivier Grenier. "Les ontologies appliquées : une introduction", Journée de la recherche en philosophie, Université de Sherbrooke, March 23, 2018.
  • Olivier Grenier. "Ontologies du risque : dispositions et conditions de réalisation et d'existence", Philopolis, Concordia University, February 10, 2018.
  • François Claveau and Olivier Grenier. "The Variety-of-Evidence Thesis: A Bayesian Exploration of its Surprising Failures", Formal Models of Scientific Inquiry, Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr-University Bochum, July 19, 2017.
  • Olivier Grenier. "Parsimony and Science" Philopolis. Université du Québec à Montréal. February 12th 2017.
  • Olivier Grenier. "Quelle place pour l'école dans l'éducation?" Journée de la recherche en philosophie. Université de Sherbrooke. March 31, 2016.

Other Talks

  • Olivier Grenier. "La Knowledge Object Reference Ontology (KORO)", Meeting scientific GRIIS, Université de Sherbrooke, May 17, 2018.
  • Adrien Barton and Olivier Grenier. "Introduction à l'ontologie appliquée", Information meeting on the Master's degree in applied ontology, Université de Sherbrooke, April 11, 2018.

Online Writings


  • Canada Graduate Scholarship at SSHRC (CAD 17,500 / 1 year)
  • Master's Research Award, FRQSC (CAD 35,000 / 2 years)
  • Master's Scholarship – Applied Ontology Specialization, Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire en informatique de la santé (CAD 24,000 / 2 years)


  • Winner of the 2018 science dissemination contest of the Université de Sherbrooke, title: "La variété des éléments probants en sciences : une pratique sans failles ?" (CAD 600).

This content has been updated on May 11th, 2020 at 12 h 40 min.