Prof. Dr. Helga Nowotny, Ph.D.

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Professor em. Dr. Helga Nowotny, Ph.D.
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 is Nanyang Technological University Singapore Visiting Professor.
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, President of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Human Sciences Vienna and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the L’Institut d’études avancées de Paris. Helga Nowotny has published widely in Science and Technology Studies, STS, and on social time. Throughout her professional career Helga Nowotny has been engaged in science and innovation policy matters and continues to serve as advisor at national and EU level. From 2001 till 2005 she was Chair of the European Research Advisory Board, EURAB, advising the European Commission.

• Ph.D. Honoris Causa, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
• Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Lancaster
• Doctor Honoris Causa, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
• Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Leuven
• Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Twente
• Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Bergen
• Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Edinburgh
• Dorothea-Schölzer-Medaille, University of Göttingen
• Distinguished Affiliated Professor, Technische Universität München
• Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
• Foreign Member, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
• Foreign Member, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
• Foreign Member, Accademia delle Scienze di Torino
• Foreign Member, Royal Society of Science at Uppsala
• Member, Academia Europaea
• Member, Acatech
• Member, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
• Arthur Burkhardt Preis
• Großes Silbernes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich
• Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst I. Klasse
• Preis der Stadt Wien für Geisteswissenschaften
• Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Land Wien
• Ehrenmitglied Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
• John Desmond Bernal Prize for Distinguished Contribution to the Field, International Society for the Study of Science (for life time achievements)


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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