Helga Nowotny in Conversation with Elena Esposito


  • Elena Esposito Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna; Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3075-292X
  • Helga Nowotny ETH Zurich https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3719-4227




Social Time, STS, Sociology of Science, Social Impact of Algorithms, Science Policy, Gender


Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies at ETH Zurich, is a leading scholar in the social studies of science and technology. In her extensive publications she dealt, among other topics, with social and individual structuring of time, technological innovation, uncertainty, social effects of AI, and the interaction between biological life and social life. Always intensely engaged in research policy, Nowotny is one of the founding members of the European Research Council and was its President from 2010 to 2013. In this conversation with Elena Esposito, she talks about her scientific biography, the role of technologies in the experience of time, and the relationship between STS and sociology of science. Drawing on her experience in the organization and funding of science at EU level, she also reflects on the relationship between research and science policy and on the ongoing transformations in the way of doing research and in gender issues.


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How to Cite

Esposito, E., & Nowotny, H. (2022). Helga Nowotny in Conversation with Elena Esposito. Sociologica, 16(2), 261–273. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/15464