Matthias Weber

Biography

Matthias Weber is Head of Center for Innovation Systems and Policy at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at Université Gustave Eiffel, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences, Innovations, Sociétés. He holds degrees in process engineering and political sciences, and a PhD in economics. Matthias has been working for more than twenty-five years on matters of research, technology and innovation policy and the transformation of socio-technical systems. His experience covers a broad range of thematic areas, including energy, mobility, manufacturing and cities, and in particular, addressing matters of governance of socio-technical transformation and mission-oriented R&I policy, and the embedding of strategic foresight in policy-making. He is regularly advising national governments, the European Commission and international organisations on the governance of transformative R&I and sectoral policies, both in relation to long-term societal challenges and in response to disruptive technological developments. He was leader of the BOHEMIA foresight project supporting the preparation of the EU Horizon Europe framework programme, and is currently the coordinator of the Foresight on Demand framework contract for the European Commission. Together with his colleagues, Matthias is contributing to the MOTION project on matters of participatory, forward-looking and formative impact assessment. Matthias also assumed several high-level advisory functions, for instance as member and co-chair of the Research, Innovation and Science Policy High-Level Expert Group (RISE), advising the European Research Commissioner, as member of the High-Level Group on Innovation Policy Management, advising the European Council, and as chair of the German Expert Group on European Research Area 2030, advising the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

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