Conference News: Reception and Keynote Speakers

Posted by Maria Nedeva on April 28, 2014  |   Comments Off

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been working hard to finalise the programme, which will be published shortly, along with details of a reception for delegates on the evening of the 17th June in the beautiful setting of the John Rylands Library, right at the heart of the city centre.

We are also delighted to confirm two of the key note speakers at the EU-SPRI 2014 Conference:

Professor Helga Nowotny

Helga Nowotny1

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, Professor 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 – 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 and long standing member the Academia Europaea and recipient of several prizes and awards.


Professor Paul Boyle

Paul Boyle

Professor Boyle took up the post of ESRC Chief Executive and RCUK International Champion in September 2010. In October 2011 he became President of Science Europe which is based in Brussels and is an association of 53 major European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO).

Before joining the ESRC Professor Boyle was Head of the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews. His research focused on population and health geography and he was Director of the ESRC-funded Longitudinal Studies Centre – Scotland.


Professor Luc Soete

Professor Luc Soete is the Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University. A graduate of Ghent University and the University of Sussex, Professor Soete held research positions in Sussex and Stanford before moving to Maastrict to help found the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology, which, in its current form as UNU-MERIT, is one of the largest and most productive innovation and policy research institutes in the world. Professor Soete has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited no fewer than 11 books, 50 articles and 100 book chapters. His publications cover the broad fields of theoretical, empirical and policy studies of technological development and, in particular, innovation.

Professor Soete has also served as acting adjunct-director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); as chair and member of various High Level Expert Groups of the European Commission; as a member of various expert advisory panels (Commissies van Wijzen) for the Dutch government; as a member of various domain areas for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); and for the Belgian and Flemish governments.

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