Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler is Full Professor of Sociology of Technology and Innovation, Social Simulation at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.
Her appointment at JGU started in 2013 with getting leave for obtaining the position of Director and CEO at the EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, until 2017. Before 2013, she had been Full Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at Michael Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, Ireland, and Director of its Innovation Research Unit IRU. Furthermore, she was Research Fellow of the Engineering Systems Division at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge/USA.
She started her professional career with studying Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg, Germany. At Free University Berlin, Germany, she received her PhD for a study on Artificial Intelligence, and got her habilitation at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, for a study on simulation in Science and Technology Studies.
Her main interests in research and teaching are the mutual relationship of new technologies and society, inter-organisational innovation networks, and agent-based models as methodological innovation in the Social Sciences.
Petra won various research prizes, has long experience in coordinating and completing international, mostly European research projects, publishes inter-disciplinarily in international journals, and has been awarded with fellowships of various scientific socieities such as the German Academy of Technical Sciences acatech or AcademiaNet, the network of excellent female scientists in Germany.
Invited participant: From cases to general principles - theory development through agent-based modelling.Symposium at the Herrenhausen Palace Conference Center, Hannover July 4th - July 6th. Funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung.
Nomination as a new Member of Advisory Board for Quality Assurance and Development at the Senate of Johannes Gutenberg - University
Session proposal accepted „Social Simulation in the Policy World“ at the Social Simulation Conference 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden (Session Organiser: Bruce Edmonds, Petra Ahrweiler, Nigel Gilbert and Ruth Meyer)