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​CLASS-NISTH Distinguished Lecture: The Potential of Science Diplomacy for the 21st Century - An STS Perspective by Prof Helga Nowotny (27 Nov 2019)

Published on: 29-Oct-2019

​NTU SchInstitute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) is organising a CLASS-NISTH Distinguished Lecture on 'The Potential of Science Diplomacy for the 21st Century - A STS Perspective' by Professor Helga Nowotny on 27 November 2019, 11:30am - 1:00pm, at the HSS Conference Room, (HSS-05-57).

The recent renewed interest in science diplomacy provides novel insights into converging processes that lead towards greater engagement of science and technology in meeting the global challenges humanity faces. Historically, the relationship between science and the State has never been without friction, with the aftermath of 1945 serving as turning point towards international cooperation. The current global challenges captured by the UN's sustainable development goals, SDGs, mark a new development. Intriguingly, the various and partly conflicting dimensions of science diplomacy meet with emerging changes in the norms of science and the organization of research: open science vs. closed; teamwork vs. individual; distributed research vs. localized; global vs. local relevance; etc. These open issues are related to the impact of big data and the necessary infrastructures as research assets. Seen through the lens of science diplomacy we can observe a shift towards a more global research agenda while the organization of research is struggling how best to respond to the new challenges.

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Lunch reception will be available after the talk.

About Professor Helga Nowotny

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich, and a founding member of the European Research Council. In 2007 she was elected ERC Vice President and from March 2010 until December 2013 President of the ERC. Currently she is Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria, member of the Austrian Council and Vice-President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. She is also Visiting Professor at NTU Singapore. Among other, Helga is Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and continues to serve on many international advisory boards in Austria and throughout Europe. She has published widely in Science and Technology Studies, STS, and on social time. Throughout her professional career, Helga Nowotny has been engaged in science and innovation policy matters and continues to serve as advisor at national and EU level.

Helga Nowotny has published more than 300 articles in scientific journals. Her latest book (in German) is Eigenzeit Revisited in Zeit der Algorithmen. Her previous books include The Cunning of Uncertainty, that was featured by the Financial Times on the list of the best books 2015; Naked Genes, Reinventing the human in the molecular age, (with Giuseppe Testa), MIT Press, 2011, Insatiable Curiosity, Innovation in a Fragile Future, MIT Press, 2008, and Cultures of Technology and the Quest for Innovation (ed.), New York and London, 2006.


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