Helga Nowotny

Chair of the Science Advisory Board & Strategic Advisory Board

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies at ETH Zurich, and former President 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.

Helga 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 Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris; the Science Center for Social Sciences, Berlin; the Collegium Budapest.

Before joining ETH Zurich, Helga was professor for social studies of science at the University of Vienna. Among other positions, Helga 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. Helga has published widely in social studies of science and technology and on social time.

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