Helga Nowotny

Helga Nowotny


  • Doctorate in law, University of Vienna, 1959
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Columbia University, New York, 1969;
  • Habilitation, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, FRG, 1980;
  • Habilitation, Grund- und Integrativwissenschaftliche Fakultät, University of Vienna, 1982

Prior Work:

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science at ETH Zurich and former Director of its Collegium Helveticum.

She was Chair of EURAB, the European Research Advisory Board of the European Commission from 2001-2006. Helga Nowotny is a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and a long standing member the Academia Europaea; member of the Governing Board of the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and of other international Advisory Boards and selection committees.

Before moving to ETH Zurich she was professor at the University of Vienna and Permanent Fellow at Collegium Budapest/Institute of Advanced Study. She has held teaching and research positions at King’s College, Cambridge, the University of Bielefeld, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin and at the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She has been a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and is a former president of the International Society for the Study of Time.

Current Employment/Responsibilities:

President of European Research Council.

Areas of Research Interest:

Her main scientific interests are in social studies of science, science and society and social time.