Gerd Gigerenzer – Curriculum Vitae


Curriculum Vitae

1974 Degree in Psychology (M.A.), LMU Munich
1977 Ph.D., Department of Psychology, LMU Munich
1982 Habilitation, Department of Psychology, LMU Munich


2008–     Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin, and since 2020 at the University of Potsdam.
1997–2017 Director (Managing Director, 2000–2001, 2005–2006, 2011-2014), Center for Adap-tive Behavior and Cognition (ABC), Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
1995–1997 Director at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Munich
1992–1995 Professor, Department of Psychology, and Committee for the Conceptual Foundations of Science, University of Chicago, USA.
1990–1992 Professor of Psychology, University of Salzburg.
1984–1990 Professor of Psychology, University of Konstanz (Chairman, 1988–1989)
1982–1984 Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Munich.
1977–1982 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Munich.

Honors and Awards

2020–     Member, Scientific Council of the European Research Council
2019 Allais Memorial Prize in Behavioral Sciences
2018 Henry Walton Prize 2018 of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)
2017 Author’s colloquium: Exploring future directions of Gerd Gigerenzer’s scholarly contributions. Cen-ter for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University
2016– International Member, American Philosophical Society
2016 German Research Prize for General Medicine, 3rd Prize
2016– Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2016 Rothschild Distinguished Visiting Professor, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge University
2015 Hufeland Award from the German Foundation for General Medicine (Stiftung Allgemeinmedizin) for improving knowledge and transparency in medicine
Cognition As Intuitive Statistics (1987, with David J. Murray) re-issued in Psychology Revivals, Psychology Press, honoring the most influential scholars of the last 120 years
2015 Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions shortlisted for the Better Life Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
2015– President, Herbert Simon Society
2014 GIKA Distinguished Scholar Award in Information and Knowledge Science
2014 Sage Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara
2014 Patten Lecturer, Indiana University, Bloomington
2012 Named one of the top 100 Global Thought Leaders 2013, 2013, & 2015, Gottfried Duttweiler Institute
2012 Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society
2011 Deutscher Psychologie-Preis
2011 Outstanding Paper Award 2011, International Journal of Forecasting, for "Fast and frugal forecasting” (with D. G. Goldstein)
2011 Communicator Award – Science Award of the Donors' Association, German Research Foundation (DFG)
2011 Honorary Fellow, Institute of Risk Management, UK
2011 Marsilius Medal, University of Heidelberg
2009 Honorary doctorate, Open University of the Netherlands
2008 Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Science
2008 Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books
2008 Launch of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy, funded 2008 with 4.175 million euros from the Claudia and David Harding Foundation, London and 1 million euros from the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Germany) in 2016
2007 Honorary doctorate (Dr. h.c.), University of Basel
2007 Business Book of the Year Prize (Wirtschaftsbuchpreis 2007) for Bauchentscheidungen (German translation of Gut Feelings), awarded by the Handelszeitung
2007 Science Book of the Year Prize (Wissenschaftsbuch 2007) for Bauchentscheidungen (German translation of Gut Feelings), awarded by Bild der Wissenschaft
2005– Honorary Professor, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
2004– Batten Fellow, Darden Business School, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2004– Professor of the University Society, University of Munich
2003 Reckoning with Risk shortlisted for the Aventis Prize for Science Books
2002 Science Book of the Year Prize (Wissenschaftsbuch 2002) for Das Einmaleins der Skepsis (German translation of Calculated Risks), awarded by Bild der Wissenschaft
2002– Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2000– Member, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
1999 John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
1998– Honorary professor, Free University Berlin
1991 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Prize for Behavioral Science Research, 1991 (for "From tools to theories: A heuristic of discovery in cognitive psychology", Psychological Review, 98, 254–267)
1991–1992 Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University (Project on “Biological foundations of human culture”)
1989–1990 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA
1987/1988 Academy fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation
1987 Association of American Publishers Award for the best book in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (The probabilistic revolution, MIT Press)
Visiting Fellow, Harvard University
1985 Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, Fall 1985
1984 Fritz Thyssen Foundation Prize for one of the three best German journal articles in the social sciences (for “Der eindimensionale Wähler,” Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie)
1982–1983 Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University (Project “The impact of the probabilistic revolution on the scientific conception of man and society”
Numerous grants from agencies such as the European Union; DAAD; German Research Foundation (DFG); David and Claudia Harding Foundation; Joachim Herz Foundation; Volkswagen Foundation; Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making; Swiss National Fund; Cassa Rurale, Italy; National Science Foundations (NSF); University of Chicago; Winton Capital;  Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Germany)

Selected Invited Lectures

2019     Nobel Week Dialogue. Gothenburg, Sweden.
2019 Nemmers Prize Conference, Northwestern University
2019 Keynote, 9th CFA Society India Conference, Mumbai
2017 Keynote. German Football Association (DFB), Hanover
2017     European Central Bank and Bank of Portugal, Lisbon.
2016 Bank of England Flagship Seminar, London.
2016 Keynote, Morgan Stanley 4th Annual Quantitative Equity Research Conference, New York
2016 Rothschild Lecture, Isaac Newton Institute, University of Cambridge.
2015 Opening lecture, 132nd Congress of the German Society of Surgery (DGCH), Munich
2014 SAGE Center Lectures, University of California, Santa Barbara.
2014 Patten Lectures, Indiana University, Bloomington.
2013 1st Honorary Herbert Simon Lecture, New York.
2012 Keynote, Annual Cognitive Science Conference, Sapporo.

Institute for New Economic Thinking, Berlin

2011 World Science Festival, New York.
2010 Keynote, Reinhard Selten’s 80th Birthday Symposium, Bonn
2009 Herbert Simon Memorial Lecture. IAREP and SABE Joint Conference, Halifax, Canada
2009 APS William James Distinguished Lecture, Chicago.
2008 LSE Space For Thought Public Lecture. London School of Economics.
2008 Keynote, La Ciudad de las Ideas, Puebla, Mexico.
2007 Keynote, 4th International Shared Decision Making Conference, Freiburg.
2006 Keynote, China European Business School, Shanghai.
2006 Inaugural Peter M. O'Farrel Lecture on Original Thinking in Investing and Finance. The Boston Security Analysts Society.
2004 Keynote, Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Conference, Whistler, Canada
2004 Keynote, Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior, Boston.
2004 Batton Fellow Lectures, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia.
2003 Keynote lecture, 19th Conference on Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making (SPUDM), Zurich.
2003 Hilldale Lecture in the Social Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
2002 Invited address, American Psychological Association, Chicago
2002 Public lecture, Old Theatre, London School of Economics.
2002 Keynote, German Medical Association, Cologne.
2001 Invited address, American Psychological Society, Toronto.
2001 Keynote, Siemens Knowledge Management Conference, Munich.
2000 Distinguished Speaker in Cognitive Science, Michigan State University, Lansing
2000 Keynote, International Congress of Psychology, Stockholm.
2000 Keynote, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA.
1999 Keynote, Pedagogical Psychology Meeting, Fribourg, Switzerland.

Keynote, International Association for Research in Economic Psychology, Belgirate, Italy

1999 Opening lecture, Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Leipzig
1998 Plenary address, Human Behavior and Evolution Society, University of California, Davis
1998 Taft Lectures, University of Cincinnati
1998 Plenary speaker, Vancouver Cognitive Science Conference, Vancouver.
1997 Savage Memorial Lecture, Bayesian Research Conference, Studio City, CA.
1995 Invited address, Society for Medical Decision Making, Tempe, AZ.
1995 Keynote, Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Bochum, Germany
1993 Invited address, Conference on Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making (SPUDM), Aix-en-Provence.
1992 Invited address, Society for Judgment and Decision Making, St. Louis, MO

Professional Services

2020–             Member of the Scientific Council of the ERC (European Research Council).

Senior Editorial Board, yearly special issue on Macroeconomics and Development in Industrial and Corporate Change


Associated Faculty, Frankfurt Big Data Lab, Goethe University Frankfurt

2019– Member, Expert Committee, “Democracy in a Digital Society Task Force”, ALLEA (All European Academies).
2019–2020 Jury member, Yidan Prize for Educational Research ($3.8 million).
2018– Member, “Zukunft der Medizin,” Interdisciplinary Working Group (IAG), Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2018– Member, “Recht und Ethik,” Lernende Systeme – die Plattform für Künstliche Intelligenz. Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)

Guest Editor, PLoS ONE

2017 Continuing medical education (CME) classes for professors of medicine, certified with 7 points by the State Chamber of Physicians of Saxony
2017– Editorial Board, Elsevier Books Series “Perspectives on behavioral economics and the economics of behavior”.
2016 Jury member, German Prize for Economics, Joachim Herz Foundation
2016– Jury member, “Unternehmerisches Herz”, WirtschaftsWoche & Würth GmbH & Co.
2016–2019 Editorial Board, PsyCh Journal (China).
2016–2017 Risk Literacy Training for journalists. German National Academy of Sciences Leopol­dina and Robert Bosch Stiftung, Halle
2015–2016 Head of Advisory Board, Stiftung Gesundheitswissen.
2015 President, Herbert Simon Society
2014–       Member, Ethics Panel, DVFA (Deutsche Vereinigung für Finanzanalyse und Asset Management).
2014–2018 Member, Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs, Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (Sachverständigenrat für Verbraucherfragen des Minis­teriums der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz)
2014– Member, Jury for the Major Advancement in Psychological Science Award, International Union of Psychological Science.
2014– Advisor, AOK Gesundheitskasse.
2014–2018 Advisory Board, Bundesverband Managed Care e. V. (BMC).
2014– Editor for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
2014– Editorial Board, International Journal of Psychology.
2013– Advisory Board, BERLIN.MINDS.
2013– Scientific Advisory Board, American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT).
2013– Editorial Board, Decision.
2012– Unstatistik des Monats (False statistics of the month), with T. K. Bauer & W. Krämer.
2012 Expert testimony, Deutscher Bundestag, Hearing on bank capital requirements, Berlin.
2011– German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Taskforce “The relationship between science, the public, and the media”
2011–2014 Member, Inspire2Live Foundation, Amsterdam.
2010 Expert testimony, Deutscher Bundestag, Enquete Commission on Internet and Digital Society, Berlin
2010– Advisory Board, Risk and Security, Technical University of Munich

Advisory Board, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University

2009– International Scientific Committee, Centro de Investigación Avanzada en Educasión, University of Chile, Santiago
2008 Founding member, International Herbert A. Simon Society.
2008 Scientific Program Committee, 16th Cochrane Colloquium.
2007– Advisory Committee of International Scholars, Board of the APS Policies.
2006–2013 Advisory Board, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies Forum.
2006–2007 Continuing medical education (CME) courses for 1,000 gynecologists in understanding health statistics (organized by Bayer-Schering), Berlin.
2005– Editorial Board, Psychological Inquiry.
2005– Advisory Board, European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP)
2005–2017 Advisory Board, Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment), Germany.
2005 Codirector, Winter Institute for Bounded Rationality, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India.
2004–2005 Continuing education classes for 50 U.S. federal judges in decision making and risk communication. Continuing education program for judges (organized by George Mason University School of Law), Santa Fe 2004; Tucson 2005
2003 Advisory Committee, British Medical Journal
2002 Program Committee, 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
2001– Codirector, Annual Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality. (2008-2009 together with Vernon L. Smith, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.)
1998– Editorial Board, Evolution and Human Behavior.
1996–2002 Humboldt Research Awards Committee.
1996– Editorial Board, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
1993– Editorial Board, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.
1993–2000 Editorial Board, Cognition.
1990– Coeditor, Theory and Psychology.
1989–1992 Coeditor, Psychologische Rundschau.

Reviewer for:

Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science; American Journal of Psychology; American Psychologist; American Statistician; Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers; British Journal for the Philosophy of Science; British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology; BMJ; Cognition; Cognitive Development; Cognitive Psychology; Cognitive Systems Research; Current Biology; Current Directions in Psychological Science; Decision; Developmental Psychology; Diabetologia; Economic & Social Research Council; Erlbaum Associates Publishers; European Psychologist; European Review of Social Psychology; Evolution & Human Behavior; Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology; German Psychological Society (DGP); German Research Foundation (DFG);  Harvard University Press; Health Expectations; History of the Human Sciences; Human Behavior and Evolution; Humboldt Foundation Research Awards; Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy; Journal of Behavioral Decision Making; Journal of Business Research; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Journal of Economic Methodology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition; Journal of Management Studies; Journal of Mathematical Psychology; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Journal of Political Economy; Journal of Risk and Uncertainty; Journal of the Royal Society Interface; Journal of Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease; Judgment and Decision Making; Lancet; Methods of Psychological Research-online; Memory & Cognition; Methodika; MacArthur Foundation; MIT Press; National Institute of Mental Health; National Science Foundation; Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research; New Ideas in Psychology; Österreichische Nationalbank; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; Oxford University Press; Perceptual & Motor Skills; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; Perspectives on Psychological Science; Philosophical Papers; PLoS ONE; PNAS; PsyCh Journal; Psychological Bulletin; Psychological Methods; Psychological Review; Psychological Science; Psychological Science in the Public Interest; Psychologische Beiträge; Psychologische Rundschau; Psychometrika; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; Risk Analysis; Royal Society Open Science; SAGE Open; Science; Science Signaling; Statistical Science; Swiss National Science Foundation; Synthese; Theory & Psychology; Trends in Cognitive Sciences; University of Michigan Press; University of Pittsburgh Press; Volkswagen Foundation; Weather, Climate, and Society; Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie; Zeitschrift für experimentelle und angewandte Psychologie; Zeitschrift für Psychologie; Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie.

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