Helga Nowotny

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich, and a founding member of the European Research Council. In 2007 she was elected ERC Vice President and from March 2010 until December 2013 President of the ERC. Currently she is Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria, member of the Austrian Council and Vice-President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, NY and a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Vienna. She has held teaching and research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Vienna; King’s College, Cambridge; University of Bielefeld; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; Ecole des Hautes Etudes an Sciences Sociales, Paris; Science Center for Social Sciences, Berlin; Collegium Budapest; Budapest. Before joining ETH Zurich, Professor Nowotny was Professor for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna. Among other, Helga Nowotny is Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and continues to serve on many international advisory boards in Austria and throughout Europe. Just to mention a few: she is Member of the Steering Board of the Falling Walls Foundation, Member of the University Council of the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the L’Institut d’études avancées de Paris. She received doctorates honoris causa from several European universities and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Helga Nowotny has published widely in Science and Technology Studies , STS, and on social time.

Helga Nowotny has published more than 300 articles in scientific journals. Her new book “The Cunning of Uncertainty”, has been published by Polity Press in October 2015. Her latest book publications include “Naked Genes. Reinventing the human in the molecular age” (with Giuseppe Testa), MIT Press, 2011, “Insatiable Curiosity. Innovation in a Fragile Future”, MIT Press, 2008, and “Cultures of Technology and the Quest for Innovation” (ed.), New York and London, 2006.


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