Studied chemical engineering at Graz University of Technology and philosophy at University of Graz and Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Study and research stays at Darmstadt University of Technology, Frankfurt University, Karlsruhe University, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in Karlsruhe, and Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.
In 1988 Günter Getzinger was co-founder and from 1988 to 1991 director of the IFZ, the Graz unit of the STS - Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies at Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt; till 2009 he was member of the executive board of the IFZ.
From 2012 to 2014 Günter Getzinger was director of the STS - Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (IFF - Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies), from 2014 to 2017 he is deputy director.
In 1999 he founded the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS), and since then he is Managing Director of this institute, which is co-hosted by the IFZ.
Since 2018 he is head of the Science, Technology and Society Unit of ISDS, Graz University of Technology.
Lectures on philosophy and ethics of technology, sustainable technology design and innovation, technology assessment and science, technology and research policy at Graz University of Technology, at University of Graz, and at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.
Furthermore, from 1991 to 2000 Günter Getzinger was a Member of the Styrian Parliament and spokesperson for science, culture and environmental affairs for the Social Democratic Party and from 2003 to 2008 member of the City Council of Graz.
- Philosophy and ethics of science and technology
- Theoretical and practical aspects of eco-design, mainly as part of energy and mobility systems
- Technology assessment
- Public procurement
- Research and technology policy