Petra Ahrweiler

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Petra Ahrweiler (2012)

Petra Ahrweiler (born August 20, 1963 in Hamburg ) is a German sociologist who holds a chair for technology impact and innovation research at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz .


Ahrweiler studied sociology, political science and journalism at the University of Hamburg and graduated as a sociologist in 1989 with a thesis on Max Weber's rationalization thesis and the problem of theodicy , supervised by Dirk Kaesler . In 1994 she received her doctorate from the Free University of Berlin , the title of her dissertation is Artificial Intelligence Research in Germany. The establishment of a high-tech subject . 1999 followed her habilitation at the University of Bielefeld , her habilitation thesis has the title information technology and communication management. Network simulation for science and technology research .

After holding a substitute professorship at the University of Hamburg, where she was also head of innovation research at the Media and Politics department from 2001 to 2007, Ahrweiler was full professor for technology and innovation management at University College Dublin from 2007 to 2013 . From 2008 to 2012 she was also an affiliate member of the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a visiting professor .

From March 2013 to June 2017 she was director of the EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment research facility in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler .

Ahrweiler's specialty is the simulation of innovation processes in complex social systems.


  • Artificial intelligence research in Germany . Waxmann, New York 1995, ISBN 9783893252893 .
  • Information technology and communication management: network simulation for science and technology research , Campus-Verl., Frankfurt / Main, New York 2001, ISBN 978-3-593-36768-2 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Petra Ahrweiler . In: Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar Online. De Gruyter. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  2. She is a daughter of the actor Peter Ahrweiler .
  3. See Kaesler homepage, there "Directory of supervised and completed qualification theses"
  4. See: Petra Ahrweiler at AcademiaNet