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Technology Forum

Construction and reality in research and technology


The Alpbach Technology Forum as part of the European Forum Alpbach has long been a highly respected fixture in Austria's research and technology scene. Due to its international focus it has also become an indicator for new trends, setting benchmarks for technological developments.

It is a challenge and an opportunity for all those involved in the innovation process to bring "construction and reality" in line in a productive, future-oriented and sustainable way also in research and technology. From energy systems to robotics, from digital (media) technologies to genomic research, the 2010 Alpbach Technology Forum will present state-of-the-art approaches and applications. Numerous plenary sessions and ten working groups will join together top experts from Europe, Asia and the United States of America. In order to include the future generations, "Junior Alpbach" and the "Ö1 Children's University" will be integral parts.

Alpbach is an ideal place for networking. The ambience of this cosmopolitan alpine village provides a perfect background for the encounter of science, politics and industry. The successful crossover between scientific disciplines is reflected in the ever increasing number of participants and in the support of numerous sponsors to whom we are especially grateful.

Technology Forum

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10:00 - 12:30Technology brunch of Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:10Welcome statementPlenary
13:10 - 13:30Opening of the Alpbach Technology Forum 2010Plenary
13:30 - 14:30Opening speechesPlenary
14:30 - 15:20Engineering Biomolecules for Basic Science and Biotechnological ApplicationsPlenary
15:40 - 17:10New ways of innovationPlenary
17:10 - 18:00Energy independence and the availability of resourcesPlenary
20:00 - 21:30Robotics - new technologies for an ageing societyPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Career Lounge Evening event with a buffet dinner for students, graduate scientists and young professionals, hosted by the organisers of the Alpbach Technology ForumSocial
21:30 - 23:30Evening reception hosted by Forschung AustriaSocial


09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Special Event: Opportunities and challenges - ERA-Nets as drivers of international cooperationBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Technology Workshop: Innovative Internet technologies for intelligent, sustainable and integrative growthBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 01: Electromobility - from vision to realityBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 02: Innovation for social changes - equal opportunities in a digital eraBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 03: Finally - intelligent, sustainable, sensual! Climate protection: an opportunity for man, communities and the economyBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 04: Excellent research through excellent management. The importance of leadership and management in cooperative researchBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 05: Mechatronics - the silent revolutionBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 06: Tribology - different aspects of friction and wear and tearBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 07: Digital vs. real worlds - limitations of computer models?Breakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 08: From idea to innovationBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 09: Why do we need an RTI-strategy and what is the output?Breakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and technology for kidsBreakout
16:30 - 17:45Genomic research and the future of cancer medicinePlenary
18:15 - 19:30The digital generationPlenary


09:30 - 10:50Concept and reality of the InternetPlenary
11:00 - 12:10Opportunities and risks of key technologiesPlenary
12:10 - 13:10James Bond and what physics has got to do with itPlenary
13:10 - 13:15Closing statementPlenary
13:15 - 14:00Snack receptionSocial