GAGO AWARDS in European Science Policy
Alexandre Quintanilha has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and worked for nearly two decades at the University of California at Berkeley where he was Professor of Cell Physiology and Biophysics, Assistant Director of the Energy and Environment Division and director of the Center for Atmospheric and Biospheric Effects of Technology at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In Portugal, he was Professor of Biophysics at the Biomedical Sciences Institute of Abel Salazar, University of Porto. He was the founding director of the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC), president of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (INEB), and chaired the implementation committee of i3S, the research center of the University of Porto that resulted from a consortium of three major biomedical research units in Portugal: IBMC, INEB and Ipatimup.
Along a distinguished career in research and higher education in the United States and Portugal, Alexandre Quintanilha published more than 130 scientific articles, and six books. As a researcher, his current interests focus on the areas of biological stress, but he maintains an active role in the discussion and implementation of science policies, in particular as it relates to risk perception, responsible research and innovation, and scientific dissemination.
He is a member of the European Academy, the World Academy of Arts and Science, and the Council for Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society. Alexandre Quintanilha chaired various committees at the European Science Foundation, the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other Portuguese and international research agencies. He was also a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Council of the President of the European Commission and continues to chair the Ethics Committee for Clinical Research.
Alexandre Quintanilha became a member of the Portuguese Parliament, where he chairs the Parliamentary Commission on Education and Science since 2015.
George Gaskell, BSc PhD studied experimental psychology, physiology and social psychology at University College London. He joined the faculty of the London School of Economics in 1971 as a member of the Department of Social Psychology. After twenty years he co-founded and directed the Methodology Institute (now the Department of Methodology). In 2007 he was elected Pro-director for planning and resources at the School. He is now Professor emeritus of Social Psychology and Research Methodology.
His research focuses on science and society, including expert and lay representations of risk; public ethics, and the governance of science and technology. He coordinated the series of Eurobarometer surveys on Biotechnology and the Life Sciences for D.G. Research and was principal investigator in two E.C. projects: Life Sciences in European Society, involving researchers in 14 European countries, with associate teams in Canada and the US, to conduct a comparative investigation into the reception of modern biotechnologies in the public sphere, and Sensitive technologies and European Public Ethics. He was a central figure in an FP7 project on responsible research and innovation in neuro-enhancement (NERRI). With colleagues he has a number of publications in Science, Nature and Nature Biotechnology dispassionately articulating the European public perspective on controversial issues in science and technology including GMOs; biobanking; human embryonic stem cell research; neuro-enhancement, and gene editing.
He has been a member of the Advisory Group on Risk Communication of the European Food Safety Authority; chair of the International Advisory Committee of the Centre for Society and Genomics in the Netherlands; vice-chair of the European Commissions Science and Society Advisory Committee for FP6, and a member of the Science in Society Committee of the Royal Society London. He is now a member of the Social Science Advisory Committee of the Food Standard Agency UK and participating in an E.C. SWAFS study investigating remedies for the reproducibility crisis in the non-medical sciences.
Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of ETH Zurich in Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a founding member and Former President of the European Research Council. She holds a PhD in sociology from Columbia University (New York) and a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Vienna.
Helga Nowotnys research encompasses a broad range of topics in science and technology studies (STS) including science and innovation policy. Among other, she has published on the changing relationship between science and society, including scientific controversies and technological risks, on the emergence of high-temperature superconductivity as a research field, on social time, coping with uncertainty, self-organization in science and women in science. During her distinguished academic career she held teaching and research positions at the Institute of Advanced Study in Vienna and at the University of Vienna; the University of Bielefeld; Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Ssciences Socials in Paris; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; Science Center for Social Sciences in Berlin; Collegium Budapest/Institute of Advanced Study and Collegium Helveticum at ETH Zurich.
In parallel to her academic work, Professor Nowotny has been intensely engaged in research policy, especially at European level. For many years she chaired the Social Sciences Committee of the European Science Foundation, was a member of ESTA and later Chair of EURAB, the European Research Advisory Board, advising the European Commission. She was a Founding Member of the European Research Council, ERC, and was elected Vice-President in 2007. From March 2010 until December 2013 she was President of the ERC. Following her return to Austria she became Chair of the ERA Council Austria and member of the Austrian Council, advising the Minister responsible for Science and Research and the Austrian Government respectively. She is member of the Board of the Falling Walls conference in Berlin and Vice-President of the Board of the Lindau Nobel Laureates meetings. She is also Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Complexity Science Hub in Vienna and the IAS at the University of Amsterdam; Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre de la Recherche Interdisciplinaire, CRI, in Pairs; member of the Conseil Scientifique de lIEA-de-Paris and other institutions in Europe.
Her scientific achievements and her engagement in research policy have been honoured by many awards. She received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Bergen, Edinburgh, Lancaster, Leuven, Lueneburg, Oxford, Twente, Singapore, as well as from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She received the J.D. Bernal Prize for life-long achievements in STS, the Gold Medal of the Academia Europaea, the Presidents Medal of the British Academy, the Leibniz Medal and was appointed Fellow of AAAS. She is an honorary member of Academies of Science in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Sweden.
Together with her colleagues Professor Nowotny published the influential book The New Production of Knowledge (1994) and Re-thinking Science. Knowledge and the Public in an Age of Uncertainty (2001) in which they coined the term Mode 2 for a new mode of research focused on solving problems in the context of specific application in contrast to Mode 1 which is basic research done within disciplinary boundaries. Among her other publications in English are The Public Nature of Science Under Assault (co-author, 2005); Cultures of Technology and the Quest for Innovation (ed.2006); Insatiable Curiosity. Innovation in a Fragile Future (2008); Naked Genes. Reinventing the Human in the Molecular Age (with Giuseppe Testa, 2010); The Cunning of Uncertainty (2015); An Orderly Mess (2017) and A Manifesto for Social Progress. Ideas for a Better Society (co-author, 2018).
Vasilis Koulaidis served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Education, Life Long Learning and Religions. He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Peloponnese, and Vice President for Development, at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He studied Chemical Engineering at National Technical University of Athens, and obtained a PhD in Educational Policy at the University of London.
Vasilis Koulaidis has held several research and professorial posts in universities in Greece and the UK, in the fields of education and pedagogy. His research fed onto dozens of books, book chapters and articles in such journals as Public Understanding of Science, Research in Science Education, International Journal of Learning, Science Education, Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, Educational Studies, International Journal of Science Education, Didaskalia, and European Journal of Teacher Education.
He also hold numerous administrative posts in Greece and abroad, in the field of education policy, including special Advisor to the Greek Minister of Education; representative of Greece in the Education Committee of OECD; President of the group for the Greek Presidency (Education) of European Union; Vice President and Executive Director of the Greek National Education Research Center; member of the Education Committee of European Union; Head of the Foundation for Science and Technology for the evaluation of research proposals related to education, member of the committee for the evaluation of research units for higher education, and Member of the National Council for Social Sciences and the Humanities, all three in Portugal.
Vasilis Koulaidis is a member of the Hellenic Association for Didactis of Science, the Technical Chambers of Greece, the European Science Education Research Association, the International Organization for Science and Technology and of the Scientific Committee of the International Network on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST network).