Helga Nowotny is Professor em. of Social Studies of Science at ETH Zurich and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna. She has held teaching, research and advisory positions in various European universities and institutions among them the University of Vienna, University of Bielefeld, EHESS Paris, Social Science Centre Berlin and the Collegium Budapest/Institute of Advanced Study.
She was also a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Among other she has been Chair of EURAB, the European Research Advisory Board of the European Commission and of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation. Her current position is as Vice-President of the European Research Council.