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 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.
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.