Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987 – 1990
    Fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation

  • 1990
    Diplom degree economics and social sciences (Dipl.-Soz.), University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 1990 – 1992
    Instructor in social sciences, Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg (university of the German armed forces), in Hamburg

  • 1991 – 1993
    Doctoral fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation

  • 1992 – 1998
    Instructor in social sciences, FernUniversität in Hagen – University of Hagen, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Hamburg

  • 1994
    "magna cum laude" at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 1994 – 1996
    Postdoctoral fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG), Institute of Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University, Germany

  • 1994 – 1996
    Academic coordinator of the DFG Research Training Group "Genesis, structures and results of science and technology" at Bielefeld University

  • 1994 – 2004
    Private lecturer in the Institute of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University

  • 1995 – 1998
    Project leader in the Institute of Science and Technology Studies at Bielefeld University for the project "Computer models of scientific development" (funded by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia)

  • 1995 – 2007
    Taught as private lecturer, Institute of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University

  • 1996 – 1998
    Habilitation (postdoctoral) fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG), Institute of Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University

  • 1997 – 1999
    Member of the application committee for the EU project "SOEIS – The Self-Organization of the European Information Society" (funded TSER project within the EU's Fourth Framework Programme)

  • 1999
    Member of the application committee for the DFG Priority Programme "Socionics – Research on and modelling of artificial sociality" (DFG funding 2000-2006)

  • 2000
    Institute of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University

  • 2000 – 2006
    (Including a hiatus on more than one occasion for temporary acting professorships) Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • 2000 – 2001
    Director and manager of the SEIN group in the Institute MERIT Maastricht University in the Netherlands

  • 2001 – 2006
    Project leader for the German part of the research project "SKIN Simulating Knowledge Exchange in Biotech Industries" (funded as a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) project until 2005)

  • 2001
    Teaching: Economics and Industry, Department of Social Sciences and Economics, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 2004 – 2005
    Acting professor for the Chair in "Economics and Industry" am Department of Social Sciences and Economics, University of Hamburg

  • 2004 – 2005
    Carried the full teaching load of the Chair in "Economics and Industry", Department of Social Sciences and Economics, University of Hamburg

  • 2006 – 2007
    Planning Group Member for the area Social Sciences of JaGFOS (Japanese–German Frontiers of Science) of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

  • 2006 – 2009
    Member of the application committee and project leader for the German–Irish part of the research project "Network Models, Governance, and R&D Collaboration Networks NEMO" (funded STREP project in the EU's Sixth Framework Programme)

  • 2007 – 2013
    Professor of Innovation and Technology Management (Full Professor, tenured), Director of the UCD Innovation Research Unit (IRU), now the Michael Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, Ireland

  • 2008 – 2012
    Affiliated member of the faculty in the Engineering Systems Division (unpaid) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, USA

  • Since 2013
    Director of the Europäische Akademie (“European Academy”; scientific coordinator and business manager)

  • Since 2013
    Professor of technology and innovation assessment at Mainz University, Germany

Selected publications

  • Ahrweiler, P., Schilperoord, M., Gilbert, N., Pyka, A. (2012): "Simulating the role of MNCs for knowledge and capital dynamics in networks of innovation". In: Heidenreich, M (eds). Innovation and Institutional Embeddedness of Multinational Companies. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

  • Ahrweiler, P. (2011): "Modelling Theory Communities in Science". Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 14 (4(8)). http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/14/4/8.html

  • Ahrweiler, P., Pyka, A., Gilbert, N. (2011): "A New Model for University-Industry Links in Knowledge-Based Economies". Journal of Product Innovation Management, 28:218–235. 


  • Ahrweiler, P., Gilbert, N., Pyka, A. (2011): "Agency and Structure. A social Simulation of knowledge-intensive Industries". Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory, 17 (1):59–76.

  • Ahrweiler, P. (Ed.) (2010): Innovation in complex social Systems. London: Routledge. 


  • Ahrweiler, P., Pyka, A. (Ed.) (2008): Innovation Networks. International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy 4 (Special Issue 3/4): Interscience. 


  • Gilbert, N., Ahrweiler, P., Pyka, A. (2007): "Learning in Innovation Networks: Some Simulation Experiments". Physica A-Statistical Mechanics and Its Applications, 378 (1):667–693. 


  • Ahrweiler, P., Gilbert, N., Pyka, A. (2006): "Institutions Matter but ... Organisational Alignment in Knowledge-Based Industries". Science, Technology & Innovation Studies, 2 (1):39–58.

  • Ahrweiler, P., Nigel, G. (2005): "Caffe Nero: the Evaluation of Social Simulation". Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 8 (4).

  • Gilbert, N., Pyka, A., Ahrweiler, P. (2001): "Innovation Networks – A Simulation Approach". Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 4 (3).


Selected projects

  • FP7 Coordination and Support Action: „Promoting Global Responsible Research & Social and Scientific Innovation“ (PRoGReSS) Governance Frameworks for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), 2013 – 2016

  • FP7 Collaborative project – STREP: „Governance of Responsible Innovation“ (GREAT) Governance Frameworks for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), 2013 – 2016

  • FP7 Coordination and Support Action: „Building a global, multidisciplinary digital governance and policy modelling research and practice community“ (eGovPoliNet – The Policy Community), 2011 – 2014

  • FP7 COST Action: „Analyzing the dynamics of information and knowledge landscapes“ (KNOWeSCAPE), 2013 – 2017

  • “Policy Simulation for the Smart Economy” (IPSE), Higher Education Authority (HEA), Irische Regierung, 2011 – 2015

  • EU, FP7, Marie Curie Training Network (Management of emerging Technologies for economic Impact (ManETEI, 2010 – 2015))

  • EU, FP6 Network Models, Governance, and R&D Collaboration Networks (NEMO, 2006 – 2009)

  • Co-coordinator, member of the application committee and participant in the EU project "SEIN – Simulating self-organizing Innovation Networks" (funded TSER project within the EU's Fourth Framework Programme), 1998 – 1999

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Regular reviewer for academic journals (Research Policy, American Journal of Sociology, International Journal of Innovation And Technology Management, European Planning Studies, Journal of Artificial Societies And Social Simulation, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, International Journal of Foresight and Technology Policy, Irish Journal of Management)

  • ManETEI Management Board, member of the project leadership team in the area of recruitment, team leader for UCD, since 2010

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) reviewer for the research area "Innovation", since 2010

  • NOW, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, reviewer for the research area "Complex socio-economic Systems", since 2009

  • UCD Innovation Alliance/Innovation Task Force Board, member, since 2009

  • DG INFSO, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium), Information Society and Media Directorate-General (Member of the two steering committees "Trends and Evolution of the EU ICT Research and Deployment Landscape" (2009-2010) and "ICT Network Impact on Structuring a Competitive ERA" (2010-2011), since 2009

  • Reviewer for the Volkswagen Foundation for the research area "complex social systems and simulation", since 2009

  • UCD Academic Council, member, since 2008

  • NDRC, National Digital Research Centre (Dublin, Ireland), reviewer for the CATALYSER programme, since 2008

  • EEN Ireland EAG, EEN Ireland External Advisory Group, Member of the advisory boards for various activities, since 2008

  • NSF, National Science Foundation (Washington D.C., USA), reviewer for the EUROCORES programme in the field of US collaboration with the European Science Foundation (ESF), since 2008

  • ESF, European Science Foundation (Strasbourg, France), reviewer for the programme EUROCORES-ECRPVI, since 2008

  • EPSRC, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon, UK), reviewer for various funding programmes, since 2008

  • ESRC, Economic and Social Research Council (Swindon, UK), reviewer for various funding programmes, since 2007

  • NEMO Management Board, member of the project leadership team, Workpackage Leader for Workpackage 3, Team leader for UCD, since 2006

  • German National Academic Foundation, member of the selection committee for the selection of universities, since 1998

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