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Die Zukunft der Wissenschaft [in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institute of Science and Technology Austria]

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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in englischer Sprache

Vortragende

George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge
Vice-president storage systems development, IBM Corporation, New York
Professor of Physics, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson Abstract
Cosmology - the science of the whole universe - is presently in a state of very active re-examination in light of new observational evidence that has come to light only within the last decade or two. First there was the earth-orbiting Hubble Telescope, which could see more clearly and more deeply into space than any other telescope before. Then came the microwave-receiving satellites that accurately mapped the universe as it appeared shortly after the big bang, and finally the new giant telescopes in Hawaii and Australia which charted the universe's expansion rate in the last six billion years or so. Among the theoretical adjustments that followed was the re-introduction of Einstein's "lambda force", which counteracts gravity at large distances, and which apparently reversed the gravitational slowing down of the universe's vast initial expansion rate, and made the expansion speed up again some six billion years ago. A physical explanation for this lambda force is desperately needed, and goes by the code name of "dark energy". Altogether some 95% of the matter and energy of the universe now seems to be of a kind that we are utterly unfamiliar with and do not yet understand. Other developments are crowding in, such as the observation of many other suns that have planets (and therefore possibly also life), and even theoretical indications for the existence of other universes.

All this, interesting enough in itself, can deeply influence our whole outlook on life, much as did Darwin's theory of evolution. I shall briefly discuss - as far as time allows - the basic facts of the universe as we know it today: its vastness, its contents, its age, its evolution, its beginning and its end, as well as our humble place in it. And I will suggest that "fashion" plays a role in how we look at the universe, and, somewhat more than is generally appreciated, in the whole of science.
Verwaltungsratspräsident und Delegierter, MS Management Service AG, St. Gallen Chair

Ph.D. Gerald GABRIELSE

George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge

 Studied Physics at the University of Chicago
1978 Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Washington
1985 Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Washington
1986 Associate Professor of Physics, University of Washington

Dr. Krishna NATHAN

Vice-president storage systems development, IBM Corporation, New York

1983-1987 Systems Engineer on the Shuttle Imaging Radar - B (SIR-B), JET PROPULSION LABORATORY, NASA
  Division of Engineering
1990 Ph.D. in Engineering (Electrical Sciences) in the Laboratory for Engineering Man/Machine Systems,
1992-1997 Researcher, Manager, Handwriting Algorithms
1997-1999 Senior Manager, Consumer Devices
1999-2001 Director, Consumer Voice Systems, head of IBM s consumer speech effort
2001-2002 Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chairman of the Board, IBM Corporate Headquaters
since 2002 Director, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
since 2004 Vice-president Services and Director, Zurich Research Laboratory
since 2006 Vice-president Technology, IBM

Ph.D. Wolfgang RINDLER

Professor of Physics, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson

1945 B.Sc.
1947 M.Sc., University of Liverpool
1947-1949 Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Liverpool
1949-1956 Lecturer in Mathematics, University of London
1956 Ph.D. Imperial College, London
1956-1963 Instructor (2 yr) Assistant Prof. (5 yr) of Mathematics, Cornell University
1961-1962 Guest Professorship, King's College London
1963-1969 Asso. Prof. (3 yr), Prof. (3 yr), Southwest Center for Advanced Studies
1968-1969 Guest Professorship, University of Rome (La Sapienza)
since 1969 Professor of Physics, The University of Texas at Dallas
1975 and 1987 Guest Professorship, University of Vienna
1990 By-Fellowship, Churchill College, Cambridge

Dr. h.c. Wolfgang SCHÜRER

Verwaltungsratspräsident und Delegierter, MS Management Service AG, St. Gallen

 Studium der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften an der Universität St. Gallen
 Gründer der Internationalen Managementgespräche an der Universität St. Gallen
 Verwaltungsratspräsident und Delegierter der MS Management Service AG, St. Gallen (Internationale Beratung mit den Schwerpunkten Strategie, Risiko- und Issue-Management sowie Regulatory Affairs)

Technologiegespräche

Timetable einblenden

23.08.2007

10:00 - 23:00Präsentation der drei Christian Doppler Laboratorien zum Thema AllergieCulture
10:00 - 12:00Technologiebrunch gegeben von der Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:20BegrüßungPlenary
13:20 - 14:00EröffnungPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Die globale ErwärmungPlenary
16:30 - 18:15Die Zukunft der Wissenschaft [in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institute of Science and Technology Austria]Plenary
20:00 - 21:30Der Blick nach innenPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Empfang gegeben von Alcatel-Lucent AustriaSocial

24.08.2007

09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 01: Das Neue und das Risiko - 'risk governance'Breakout
09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 02: Industrie im Wandel - Chancen, Herausforderungen, StrategienBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 03: Klimawandel und 'risk governance' - die Rolle von Forschung, Wissenschaft und InnovationBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 04: Neue Initiativen und Modelle des 7. EU Forschungs-Rahmenprogramms zur Stärkung der europäischen Wettbewerbsfähigkeit - Europäische Technologieplattformen aus österreichischer und europäischer SichtBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 05: Das Ende der IT-Innovationen - Wachstumschance für Europa?Breakout
09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 06: Die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf die Mobilität - die Herausforderung an die Infrastruktur und den IndividualverkehrBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 07: Design by nature - der Beitrag der Natur zum industriellen FortschrittBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 08: Smart WellbeingBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 09: Die fünf SinneBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 10: Technologietransfer der europäischen RegionenBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Arbeitskreis 11: Phänomen Second Life - Die Erschaffung einer neuen Welt?Breakout
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Wissenschaft und Technologie für junge MenschenBreakout
09:00 - 18:00Ö1 Kinderuni Alpbach - Wissenschaft und Technologie für KinderBreakout
09:30 - 15:30Sonderveranstaltung: Bulgarien und Rumänien als Partner in der europäischen Wissenschaft und ForschungBreakout
15:00 - 16:30Globaler Wettbewerb der RegionenPlenary
16:30 - 18:00Die Zukunft - Traum oder WirklichkeitPlenary
18:30 - 20:00Die fünf SinnePlenary
20:00 - 23:30Empfang gegeben vom Land NiederösterreichSocial

25.08.2007

09:00 - 10:00Was hat sich verändert?Plenary
10:00 - 11:00SicherheitPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Junior Alpbach und Ö1 Kinderuni Alpbach 2007Plenary
12:00 - 13:00Wissenschaft & Technologie, Unternehmertum & GesellschaftPlenary
13:00 - 13:20Rückblick und AusblickPlenary
13:20 - 14:30Empfang gegeben von Microsoft ÖsterreichSocial