Europäische Akademie Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH, Science and Technology Studies, EA

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The Europäische Akademie was constituted in 1996 as a non‐profit corporation by the Federal German state of Rhineland‐Palatinate and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). It deals with the scientific study and assessment of the consequences of scientific and technological advances for individuals and society, as well as for the natural environment in order to provide policy advice. The think‐tank also provides cutting‐edge research for the needs of our economies to create innovation systems with optimally structured university‐industrygovernment networks. For this, it combines interdisciplinary empirical research on issues identified as important for technology assessment and innovation performance with computational methods such as network analysis, agent‐based modelling and social simulation, to implement and test policy scenarios.

The Europäische Akademie has developed a Computational Policy Lab, which allows policies to be experimentally tested before implementation. Research supports policymakers and business managers in facing the economic, social and political challenges presented by developments in science, technology and innovation. The EA is currently involved in other EU‐funded projects, among them:

2011–2014 eGovPoliNet ‐ Building a global multidisciplinary digital governance and policy modelling research and practice community, CSA FP7;

2013‐2016 GREAT – Governance of Responsible Innovation, CP FP7.


Petra-AhrweilerProf. Petra Ahrweiler. From 1st of April 2013 prospectively, Prof. Petra Ahrweiler will be Professor of Technology Assessment at the Johannes‐ Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, and the Director of the Europäische Akademie. She studied law, sociology, journalism and political science at the University of Hamburg finishing with her Ph.D. in the area of science and technology studies at the Free University Berlin where she was supported by the German National Merit Foundation. Since her habilitation thesis at the University of Bielefeld on social simulation of innovation processes she worked as a Heisenberg Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG and as a Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Hamburg where she built up a new research programme on innovation research. From 2007 until March 2013, she was Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the Michael Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin in Ireland, where she led the UCD Innovation Research Unit (IRU). Petra Ahrweiler has long experience as principal investigator and co‐ordinator of international projects on innovation networks, e.g. the EU projects on Simulating Self‐Organizing Innovation Networks (SEIN) and on Network Models, Governance, and R&D Collaboration Networks (NEMO). She holds various research awards and is a member of various advisory boards in both governmental and academic organisations.


Stephan-LingnerDr Stephan Lingner is deputy director of the „Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich‐technischer Entwicklungen Bad Neuenahr‐Ahrweiler GmbH“. He is responsible for the academy’s research programme on technology and environmental assessment and has coordinated several interdisciplinary projects in this field. Previously, he was a research fellow at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), where he performed conceptual studies and systems analyses on new options for space exploration. Before, he was planetary scientist at Münster University. His research focuses on technology assessment, environmental ethics and space exploration.

Stephan Lingner is also Editor of the Springer book series “Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment”. He worked as Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) and on other scientific programmes and projects. Stephan Lingner was lecturer for Ecology at the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences and has been a member of the German speaking “Netzwerk Technikfolgenabschätzung” (NTA), of the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN) and of the Philosophy of/as Interdisciplinarity Network (PIN) at Georgia Tech University.


Margret-EngelhardDr Margret Engelhard, Dipl.‐Biol. studied biology in Marburg and Edinburgh and graduated 1997 in micro‐ and molecularbiology at the Phillipps‐ Universität Marburg and the Max‐Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology. For her Ph.D.‐thesis with Professor Thomas Boller at the University of Basel she continued to work on agriculturally relevant plants that are able to live in symbiosis with nitrogen fixing bacteria, and focused on the molecular crosstalk between these two organisms. For the genetic aspects of this work she stayed for half a year at the University of Geneva. In 2004 she was conferred a doctorate. In 2004, Margret Engelhard became member of the scientific staff of the Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich‐ technischer Entwicklungen Bad Neuenahr‐Ahrweiler. Dr Engelhard has a scientific focus on philosophy of science and research on societal implications of biotechnology. She coordinated a number of interdisciplinary projects including a project on pharming. Currently she is chairing a project on Synthetic Biology.


Benjamin-SchrempfBenjamin Schrempf. As of April 2013 Benjamin Schrempf will be working on the PRoGReSS project as scientific assistant at the Europäische Akademie. Besides that he is involved in the EU FP7 Marie Currie International Training Network project ‘ManETEI’ (managing emerging technologies for economic impact). Benjamin is currently pursuing a PhD at the University College Dublin in Complex Systems and Computational Social Science, supervised by Petra Ahrweiler. In his PhD work he is investigating the nanotechnology innovation network of Ireland with social network analysis methods. Based on the empirical data he is building an agent‐based model to simulate the emergence and dissemination of general purpose technologies. Benjamin graduated from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany in 2009 as Diplomoekonom. Prior and during his studies, he worked for Landesbank Baden‐Wuerttemberg, Volkswagen AG and Lux Research Inc.