Helga Nowotny

Former President of the ERC


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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 member of the Austrian Council for Sciences, Technology, and Innovation, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, member of the Board of Trustees of the Falling Walls Foundation, Berlin and Member of the Council of Adminstration at the IEA de Paris. She has received numerous awards from Academies of Science and Honorary Doctorates from Universities in Europe and abroad, most recently an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oxford and the Leibniz- Medal from the BBAW in Berlin. Her latest book publications are „The Cunning of Uncertainty“ (2015), „An Orderly Mess“ (2017) and „In AI We Trust: Power, Illusion and Control of Predictive Algorithms“ (2021).