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Helga Nowotny

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Helga Nowotny

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

She holds a PhD 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; the King’s College, Cambridge; the University of Bielefeld; the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; l’École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; the Science Center for Social Sciences, Berlin; the Collegium Budapest.

Among other positions, she is foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and continues to serve on many international advisory boards throughout Europe. She received doctorates honoris causae from several European universities and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She has published widely in social studies of science and technology and on social time.

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