Council members

Council Members

The Austrian Council consists of eight members with voting rights, four of whom were appointed by the Minister of Science and Research and four by the Minister of Transport, 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 Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Minister of Science and Research, the Minister of Economic Affairs, Family and Youth 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 members of the 4th term of the Austrian Council (in alphabetical order):

Fotocredits: Kurt Pinter

Hannes ANDROSCH, Dr. | Chairman

Industrialist and i.a. Supervisory Board Chairman of Austrian Institute of Technology

Markus HENGSTSCHLÄGER, Univ.-Prof. Dr. | Vice Chairman

Geneticist, Medical University of Vienna

Jakob Edler, Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Director of the Institute of Innovation Research, Manchester Business School

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.

Executive Director International Strategy and Networks, Swedish Government Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA)

Klara Sekanina, Dr.

Council member Swiss Federal Foundation for Promotion of the National Economy through Scientific Research
Former Director of the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI)

Advisory Members:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heinz Faßmann

Minister of Education, Science and Research

[link to Heinz Faßmann]


Leonore Gewessler, BA

Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

[link to Leonore Gewessler]

Mag. Gernot Blümel, MBA

Minister of Finance

[link to Gernot Blümel]

Dr. Margarete Schramböck

Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs

[link to Margarete Schramböck]

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