Centre for Science Studies of the Estonian University of Life Sciences was established in June 2005 with the aim of advancing scientific investigations in Estonia in history and philosophy of sciences as well as science policies. The Centre was created on the basis of a museum of the great naturalist of the 19th century Karl Ernst von Baer. The museum was founded in 1976 in a historic Baer House.
The first task of the Centre for Science Studies was establishment of an Internet-based bibliography of the K. E. v. Baer’s scientific works. Further on the Centre’s research agenda has expanded and its current research encompasses studies of history and policies of both natural and social sciences.