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ERA Council Forum Austria



The ERA Council Forum Austria is a high-level expert body advising the Austrian Minister responsible for Science and Research at the interface of European research policy and the national science, research and innovation system. It provides strategic orientation and advice in the context of “Europe 2020“, “Innovation Union”, “ERA Partnership“ as well as Horizon 2020.





Helga Nowotny, Chair, AustriaHelga Nowotny

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich and a founding member of the European Research Council. In 2007 she was elected ERC Vice President and was ERC President from March 2010 until December 2013. In January 2014 Prof. Nowotny was appointed Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria.
She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, NY and a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Vienna. Her current host institution is the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF). Helga Nowotny is a member of the University Council of the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and member of many other international Advisory Boards and selection committees. From 2005 to June 2011 she was Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna. She is a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as well as a long-standing member of the Academia Europaea and winner of several prizes and awards.

Hermann Hauser, Amadeus Capital Partners, United KingdomHermann Hauser

Serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Dr Hermann Hauser CBE has wide-ranging experience in developing and financing companies in the information technology sector. He co-founded a number of high-tech companies, including Acorn Computers which spun out ARM, E-trade UK, Virata and Cambridge Network. Subsequently he became vice president of research at Olivetti. During his time at Olivetti, he established a global network of research laboratories. Since leaving Olivetti, Dr. Hermann Hauser has founded more than 20 technology companies. In 1997, he co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners. At Amadeus he invested in CSR, Solexa, Icera, Xmos and Cambridge Broadband. Dr. Hermann Hauser is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.
In the year 2000 he received the Mountbatten Medal. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary CBE for "innovative service to the UK enterprise sector". In 2004 he became a Member of the Government’s Council for Science and Technology, and in 2013 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Dr. Hermann Hauser has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Loughborough, Bath and Anglia Ruskin.

Jana Kolar, Head of Research and Founder of Morana RTD, SloveniaJana Kolar

Jana Kolar is the founder of Morana rtd. From 2009 to 2012 she was Director General of the Science and Technology Directorate within the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. She was also a consultant to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (Slovenian EU Presidency 2008) and the Slovenian Research Agency. Between 2005 and 2009, she was employed as the Head of the Laboratory for Cultural Heritage.From 2004 to 2009, she was Director of MORANA RTD. Jana Kolar was Head of the Conservation and Preservation Department, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at the University of Ljubljana between 1992 and 2005. Before that, she was employed by the Conservation Department of the National and University Library.

Jürgen Mlynek, President of the Helmholtz Association, GermanyJürge Mlynek

Jürgen Mlynek studied physics at the Technical University of Hannover and the École Polytechnique in Paris. He got his doctorate from the University of Hannover (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1979 and his habilitation in 1984. After a period at the IBM Research Laboratory in the United States, Jürgen Mlynek moved to ETH Zurich as an assistant professor. In 1990 he went to the University of Konstanz, where he became a Full Professor in Experimental Physics. After 10 years of researching and teaching in the field of experimental quantum optics, nuclear physics and surface physics, Jürgen Mlynek felt drawn to the field of research management: He served as Vice-President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 1996 to 2001. In September 2000 he became President of the Humboldt University Berlin, which he has developed into one of Germany's leading universities. Mlynek has been awarded numerous science and research prizes, including the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize awarded by the German Research Foundation (1992). In 2010 Prof. Mlynek was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Reinhilde Veugelers, University of Leuven, BelgiumReinhilde Veugelers

Reinhilde Veugelers is a Full Professor (Gewoon Hoogleraar) at the K.U.Leuven, Faculty of Business and Economics, Management, Strategy and Innovation Department. She teaches International Business Economics & Strategy (Master), Economics of Information (PhD) and  Economics & Management of Innovation (PhD). Prof. Veugelers is also a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, a Bruxelles based European think-tank specialising in economics, and a Research Fellow at CEPR (Center for Economic Policy Research, London) in Industrial Organisation and International Trade. From 2004 to 2008 she was Economic Advisor of BEPA (Bureau of European Policy Advisers) to European Commission President J. M. Barroso, . Additionally, she held various visiting academic positions, e.g. at the Sorbonne (Université de Paris), Stern Business School (New York University), BETA (Université Louis Pasteur), visiting Faculty GSE (UPF-UAB Barcelona, Master in Innovation), University of Bordeaux and Ecole des Mines-Telecom, Paris Sciences Po, PSIA (Paris).

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