Institute for Advanced Studies · Project participants

Erich Griessler

egriessl@ihs.ac.at

Senior researcher at the Department of Sociology at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) since 1999. He previously worked at the Institute for Theory and Social Studies of Science at the University of Vienna (1990-1992), the Department of Technology Research at the Austrian Institute of Technology (1992-1995) and the Ludwig Boltzmann-Institute for the Sociology of Health and Medicine (1995-1999). He has been teaching at the Vienna University of Economics and Business since 2003 and at the Business University of Vienna since 2006. Erich’s research covers a broad range of areas including: social studies of science and technology, sociology of biomedicine, ethical, legal and social aspects of biotechnology, citizen engagement and participation in research and innovation (R&I) policy, political regulation of biotechnology, political sociology and responsible research and innovation (RRI).

Alexander Lang

lang@ihs.ac.at

Alexander Lang is a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies since 2011. Currently, he is a member of the research group "Techno-Science & Societal Transformation"; between 2011 and 2015 he was part of the IHS\'s Department of Sociology. He has conducted research on various aspects of controversial technologies, including direct-to-consumer genetic testing and hydraulic fracturing, their societal embedding and effects. Furthermore, he has been involved in several international projects dealing with the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Alexander holds degrees in Sociology and German Philology from the University of Vienna and Socioeconomics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Milena Wuketich

wuketich@ihs.ac.at

Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna (IHS) since 2014, which she already joined for a project in 2012. She is member of the research group ‘Techno-Science and Societal Transformation’. Apart from the HEIRRI project, she is currently working on identifying and monitoring benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation  (MoRRI) funded by the EC. Previous projects include the evaluation of a funding instrument of the German Ministry of Education and Research for participatory research projects on ethical, legal and social questions in the modern life sciences, and educated and assisted high-school students in conducting a participatory technology assessment (PTA) of direct-to-consumer genetic testing in a project funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science (YouTest). In 2014, she was also working as a research assistant for a project at the Hebrew University dealing with household policies and outsourcing of housework in different countries. Milena studied Sociology and Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna and at the University of Malta.

Marlene Altenhofer

altenhofer@ihs.ac.at

Marlene Altenhofer is a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna (IHS) since 2014. She is member of the research group “Techno-Science & Societal Transformation”. Her research interests include science-society relations with a focus on the role of knowledge(s) in this entanglement, societal and political dimensions of science and technologies (e.g. privacy and surveillance-oriented technologies, debates on (bio)medical matters), and the conceptualisation of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). At the IHS, Marlene has been involved in various projects on RRI, among them in Res-AGorA (FP7) and MoRRI (EC). Currently, she is also part of Horizon 2020 project ENERI (European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity). Marlene studied Journalism and Communication Studies as well as Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna.