Mag. Dr. Erich Griessler

  • Science, Technology and Social Transformation
Senior Researcher, Sprecher für Wissenschaft und Ethik
+43 1 59991 170

Ethical Legal and Social Aspects of Life Sciences (ELSA) Citizen Participation in Research and Innovation Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Experts and Policy Makers in Research and Innovation Policy

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  • Erich Griessler studied Sociology and History at the University of Vienna (1983–1990) and the Maastricht University. In 1990 he graduated as Magister of Philosophy (Thesis: "Problems of Controlling Polycentric Societies"). From 1990 to 1992 he worked as scientific collaborator at the University of Vienna. From 1992 to 1995 he worked on a dissertation scholarship at the Austrian Research Center Seibersdorf, Department for Technological Research. In 1992/1993 he conducted research at the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg, NL. In 1995 he took his doctor's degree (Dissertation: "Technology Foresight as Organizational Innovation in Public Administration. A Comparison between Austria and the Netherlands"). From 1995 to 1999 he worked as junior researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Medicine and Health Sociology in Vienna. Since 1999 he works as researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. Since 2016 he is head of the research group "Techno-Science and Societal Transformation". From 2007 to 2013 he was speaker of the section Technik- und Wissenschaftssoziologie of the Austrian Society of Sociology. From 2011 to 2013 he acted as Vice President of the Austrian Society of Sociology.

  • My research interests are very broadly described by the term Social Studies of Science and Technology. I am interested in:

    • the fundamental and accelerating transformation of contemporary society by science, technology and innovation (e.g. digitalization, biomedicine, autonomous mobility, ...)
    • ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) of life sciences (genetic testing, assisted reproductive technologies, xenotransplantation, transplantation, ...);
    • the role, possibilities and limitations of citizen participation in technological controversy and technology assessment as well as, more generally, in research and innovation (policy);
    • conceptualizing mapping and putting in practice the emerging concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI);
    • the constitution, social practices, performance and impact of expert advice in research and technology policy as well as social practices of policy making.


    Lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Sociology. 2003 to 2017.

    Lecturer at the University of Vienna, Department of Sociology. 2006 to 2017.

    Lecturer at the University of Vienna, Department of Political Science. Since 2009.