Helga Nowotny

Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria and Former President of the ERC


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Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich; Founding Member and Former President of the European Research Council. After a distinguished career at universities and research institutions in several European countries she continues to be actively engaged in research and innovation policy at national, European and international level, among them as Member of the Board of Trustees, Falling Walls Foundation, Berlin; Vice-President of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings; Senior Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance, EUI, Florence; Member of the Council IEA de Paris; Member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Complexity Science Hub, Vienna. She has received many awards and honorary doctorates including from the University of Oxford and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. She has published widely in Science and Technology Studies, STS, and on social time. Her latest book publications include ‘The Cunning of Uncertainty’ (2016) and ‘In AI We Trust’ (2021) which has since been translated into Italian, Spanish, Chinese and German.