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Researcher Profile

Dr. Susanne Giesecke

Dr.  Susanne Giesecke


Senior Scientist


Innovation Systems & Policy

Competence Unit

Innovation Systems & Policy




+43 505504 564


+43 505504599


Giefinggasse 4, 1210 Vienna


Field: Institutional Change and Policy Instruments

Main Research: Foresight, Innovation Systems

Experience: Susanne Giesecke is a political scientist and joined AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Department of Innovations Systems in 2005 as a Senior Scientist. She leads the research area “Foresight” and is engaged in publicly funded research as well as in consulting projects. Her main focus of work is qualitative innovation research, national innovations systems and competitiveness, technology policy (especially in areas of new and emerging technologies), technology assessment; evaluation of R&D programmes and foresight. Susanne Giesecke has worked in projects for both national and European public administrations in Austria and abroad. Susanne Giesecke was project manager of the European Foresight Platform (EFP). Among other foresight projects, she has been working on the first European security foresight: FORESEC – Europe’s evolving security and is presently contributing to some projects in the context of AAL (ambient assisted living). Presently she is coordinating the FP7 Foresight Project on Personalized Health Systems

  • 2005-2014: Senior Scientist
    AIT / Austria
  • 2000-2005: Senior Researcher
    VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik / Germany
  • 1999-2000: Lecturer
    Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration / Austria
  • 1998-1999: Lecturer
    Technical University of Munich / Germany
  • 2012-2013: Visiting Scientist
    CGEE Centro de Gestao e Estudos Estratégicos / Brazil
  • 2010-2011: Visiting Scientist
    ISO Institut für Sozialforschung und Sozialökonomie / Germany
  • 1986: Carthage College Foreign Exchange Student Grant
  • 1995: Nachwuchsausbildungsförderung Berlin
  • 1997: German Marshall Fund Fellowship for PhD research activities in the US


  • “Innovationssysteme von Nationen, Regionen und Technologien“ [A Survey on Innovation Frameworks for Nations, Regions and Technologies].
    Author(s): Giesecke, S.
    Journal: Politische Vierteljahreszeitschrift, No. 1, 2000 (2000) ; 135-146
  • “Radikale Innovationen bei Spitzentechnologien.“ [Radical Innovations for Front-End Technologies]
    Author(s): Giesecke, S.
    Journal: WechselWirkung, No. 122 July–August (2003) ; 26–29.
  • Woher wissen wir, was wir fördern sollen? Foresight als Instrument für strategische Forschungs- und Innovationspolitik in der Stadt
    Author(s): Giesecke, S.
    Journal: In: Zeit für einen neuen PUSH, das Wiener Forschungsfest und der Wiener Weg XING, 18/2010 (2010) ; 26-32
  • Foresight as a New Form of Political Participation and Deliberate Democracy?
    Author(s): Giesecke, S.
    Journal: Maintenance Problems – Special Issue on Foresight and Technology Transfer, 3/2010 (78) (2010) ; 7-24
  • “Bridging the 'Policy' and 'Polity' with Foresight to enable Democratic Participation in Policy Making
    Author(s): Cagnin, C., Giesecke, S., Loveridge, D., Saritas, Ö.
    Journal: Futures (2014)
  • “Improving Participatory Aspects in Foresight”
    Author(s): Giesecke, S.
    Journal: Futures (2014)
  • FLA as a Means of Prticipation in Modern Democratic Decision Making;
    The Role of Forward-Looking Activities for the Governance of Grand Challenges“

    Author(s): Giesecke, S (ed.)
    Publisher: ; Vienna; 2012; 978-3-200-02811-1
    Series: Giesecke, S (ed.) ; AIT
  • Personal Health Systems Foresight
    Author(s): Giesecke, S.
    Conference ETSI e-Health Workshop on Telemedicine, Sophia Antipolis
  • Personal Health Systems - A SWOT Analysis
    Author(s): Gieseckes, S
    Conference Theranostics for Personalised Medicine, Bologna
  • Personal Health Systems Research - Charting the European Landscape
    Author(s): Schreier, G., Schartinger, D., Giesecke, S., Heller-Schuh, B., Amanatidou, E., Miles, I., Pompo-Juarez, L., Saritas, Ö.,
    Conference 11th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health, Vienna
    Proceedings Schreier, G. et al.; 11th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health
  • Personal Health Systems Foresight. Visions on Innovations and Societal Demands
    Author(s): Modre-Osprian, R., Schreier, G., Schartinger, D., Giesecke, S., Heller-Schuh, B., Amanatidou, E., Miles, I., Pompo-Juarez, L., Saritas, Ö.,

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