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Petra Ahrweiler is New Director of European Academy in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

The academy specialises in technology assessment

24.4.2013 | Ahrweiler is a professor for Technology and Innovation Assessment and was elected by the federal German state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the German Aerospace Center DLR, who are both partners in the academy's organisation. This directorship is associated with a professorship at Mainz University.
Prof. Petra Ahrweiler
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Prof. Petra Ahrweiler
Before her return to Germany, Ahrweiler had been a professor for Innovation and Technology Management at the University College Dublin, and director of UCD's Innovation Research Unit IRU, that she founded and built up. From 2008-2012, she had also been a visiting professor at the prestigious Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), at their "Engineering Systems Division". Her main research interests are innovation networks, simulating complex social systems, agent-based modelling, social network analysis and policy research.

Ahrweiler had studied law, sociology, journalism and political science at the University of Hamburg, finishing with a PhD on the establishing of "artificial intelligence" as a hightech research area at the Free University Berlin, where she was supported by the German National Merit Foundation. Since her habilitation thesis in 1999 at the University of Bielefeld on social simulation of innovation processes, she worked as a Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and as a sociology professor at the University of Hamburg, where she built up a new research programme on innovation research, before going to Dublin in 2007.

Ahrweiler has considerable experience as a principal investigator and coordinator of international projects on innovation networks, like the EU-projects on Simulating Self-Organizing Innovation Networks (SEIN) or Network Models, Governance, and R&D Collaboration Networks (NEMO). Currently, she coordinates the programme "ManETEI" for the European Commission, that focuses on the networked nature of technology innovation. Ahrweiler has received various research awards and is a member of several advisory boards in both governmental and academic organisations.   (© European Academy Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH, AcademiaNet)
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