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Dr. rer. pol. Petra Schaper-Rinkel

Dr. rer. pol. Petra Schaper-Rinkel


Senior Scientist


Innovation Systems & Policy

Competence Unit

Innovation Systems & Policy




+43 50550 4562


+43 50550-4599


Giefinggasse 4, 1210 Vienna


Field: Innovation Dynamics and Modelling

Main Research: Foresight, Innovation Policy, Science and technology studies (STS)


Petra Schaper-Rinkel has been a Senior Scientist at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) since 2009, where she drives principally EU projects on science, technology and innovation policy and foresight. Prior to joining AIT, she was a senior lecturer at the Technical University of Berlin and a project manager at Freie Universität Berlin for five years. She earned her doctoral degree in 2003 from the Department of Political Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin, writing on the interrelationship between European integration and networks of governance of science, technology and innovation on the European level. In addition to holding research positions and lecturer positions at Humboldt University, Freie Universität Berlin, Technical University of Berlin and the University of Innsbruck, she also designed and managed governmental programs to support microsystems and other technologies at VDI/VDE-IT, a project management organization commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

  • 2009-Now: Senior Scientist
    AIT / Austria
  • 2008-2009: Senior Lecturer
    Technische Universität Berlin / Germany
  • 2007-2008: Researcher
    nano-polis / Germany
  • 2004-2007: Principal investigator
    Freie Universität Berlin / Germany
  • 2002-2004: Lecture
    Freie Universität Berlin / Germany
  • 2000-2002: Researcher
    VDI/VDE Innovation / Germany

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