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Helga Nowotny

Helga Nowotny

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Helga Nowotny is a former president of the European Research Council and Professor Emerita of Science and Technology Studies at ETH Zurich.

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  1. Climate Change Action Cannot Ignore Social Issues
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    Climate Change Action Cannot Ignore Social Issues

    Jan 2, 2019 Marc Fleurbaey, et al. argue that an environmentally-centered, technocratic push to halt global warming is destined to fail.

  2. Harnessing the Hope of Social Science
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    Harnessing the Hope of Social Science

    Jan 31, 2017 Helga Nowotny points out that researchers have been studying the root causes of recent political shocks for years.

  3. A Scientific Outlook for a Post-Factual World
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    A Scientific Outlook for a Post-Factual World

    Nov 29, 2016 Helga Nowotny says that the best way to manage uncertainty is to embrace it in the spirit of free inquiry.

  4. Fulfilling the Genomic Promise
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    Fulfilling the Genomic Promise

    Jul 9, 2013 Helga Nowotny

  5. Can Science Save Europe?
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    Can Science Save Europe?

    Jun 4, 2012 Helga Nowotny

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    Harnessing AI for the Common Good

    Lenny Mendonca urges policymakers to play a more active role in shaping the future of emerging technologies.
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    Is Private Credit Becoming the Public’s Problem?

    Howard Davies considers whether, and in what manner, regulators should respond to the industry's explosive growth.
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    Organ Donation Can Save Donors’ Lives, Too

    Peter Singer shows why a recipient of a new liver or kidney is not necessarily the only one who benefits.
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    The Global Implications of EU Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Shang-Jin Wei

    Recently announced US and EU tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles will create two opposing forces in the rest of the world. By shutting Chinese EVs out of the US and EU markets, they may drive an increase in Chinese exports elsewhere; but that may put pressure on those governments to introduce their own higher tariffs.

    explains how higher levies will affect domestic consumers, Chinese producers, and other countries.
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    A Shining Example of Successful Multilateralism

    If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it is that global challenges require global partnerships if they are to be conquered. International cooperation on vaccine production is perhaps the clearest example of this simple truth.

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

    Slavoj Žižek harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.

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