The Austrian Council consists of eight members with voting rights, four of whom were appointed by the Minister of Education, Science and Research and four by the Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. The members of the Austrian Council with voting rights are appointed for a five year term of office and may be reappointed for one further period. The Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, the Minister of Education, Science and Research, the Minister of Digital and Economic Affairs and the Minister of Finance or their designated representatives hold seats on the Austrian Council but have no voting rights.
You can download the Act here (German). The passages concerning the Austrian Council can be found in Article 2, Paragraph 17 (page 11ff).
On this page, we introduce you to the interim members (since the 6th of Septemer 2020) of the Austrian Council (in alphabetical order):
Jakob Edler, Univ.-Prof. Dr.
Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Hermann Hauser, Dr.
Business founder, IT entrepreneur and entrepreneur for risk capital in Great Britain, co-founder Silicon Fen („british Silicon Valley“)
Sabine Herlitschka, DI Dr. MBA
CEO Infineon Technologies Austria AG
Helga Nowotny, em. Univ.-Prof. Dr.
Former President European Research Council, Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria
Sylvia Schwaag-Serger, Univ.-Prof. Dr.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Lund University
Klara Sekanina, Dr.
Director of the Swiss Study Foundation
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heinz Faßmann
Minister of Education, Science and Research
Leonore Gewessler, BA
Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
Mag. Gernot Blümel, MBA
Minister of Finance
Dr. Margarete Schramböck
Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs