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04: Convergence and Excellence in Science

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Hauptschule
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Excellence in human potential forms the basis for top-level research in science and for innovatory forces in industry. This working group will deal with the framework conditions and the possibilities to create and to promote this potential in Austria. Based on international concepts, we will first elaborate the success factors for scientific careers as well as for successful cooperation between science and industry. In this context, the targeted promotion of scientific careers encompassing all different career opportunities will be at the centre of our discussions. Internationally renowned “good practice”-models like the career planning model of the German Research Foundation (DFG) or the UK GRAD Programme will also serve as reference points. The attractiveness of research careers goes hand in hand with a strengthening of the national knowledge base.

Associate Professor and Deputy Executive Director, Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering (NGS), National University of Singapore
Senior Economist, Science and Technology Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris
Professor, Institute of Forest Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna; General Manager, OeAD - Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research; President, Austrian Association for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Vienna
Geschäftsführer, Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, Leoben
Forschungsleiter, Böhler Edelstahl GmbH, Kapfenberg
Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; Chair, ERA Council Forum Austria, Vienna
Wissenschaftsattaché, Leiter des Offices of Science & Technology, Österreichische Botschaft Washington
Professor and Head, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna; President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Direktor der Organisationseinheit Perspektiven der Forschung, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V., Bonn
Rektor, Montanuniversität Leoben
Rector, University of Vienna
Head, Institute for Analytical Chemistry and Radio Chemistry and Director, ADSI - Austrian Drug Screening Institute, Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck
Managing Director, Austrian Science Fund, Vienna
Collaborator, Research Group Technology, Innovation and Policy Consulting, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz
Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna
Abteilung VI.7 Internationalisierung der Universitäten und Fachhochschulen sowie Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses, Bundesministerin für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, Wien

M. Phil., M.Sc., BA Hons. Justine BURLEY

Associate Professor and Deputy Executive Director, Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering (NGS), National University of Singapore

Lecturership at the University of Oxford
 Post-graduate degrees in both political philosophy, and in neuroscience from the University of Oxford
1993-2002

MA Mario CERVANTES

Senior Economist, Science and Technology Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris

 Mario Cervantes is senior economist/principal administrator at the OECD's Science and Technology Policy Division. In particular he is responsible for the Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP). With more than 15 years experience in innovation policy, Mr. Cervantes has written on a range of topics from industry-science relations, human resources in S&T, technology incubators, university patenting and licensing, open innovation and globalisation and more recently on innovation for social challenges. Current activities include the study of the changing nature of innovation and the policy implications as well as work on demand-side policies for innovation.
 
 A graduate of Columbia University (MA - international economics), the University of California at Santa Barbara (BA economics and political science) and the Institut d' Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Mr. Cervantes has also studied at the Berkman Center, Harvard Law School where he obtained a certificate in internet law, and was a Sloan Fellow in public policy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to joining OECD, Mr. Cervantes worked as a researcher at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (C.I.T.I) at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York.

Dr. Dr. h.c. Hubert DÜRRSTEIN

Professor, Institute of Forest Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna; General Manager, OeAD - Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research; President, Austrian Association for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Vienna

Wissenschaftlicher Assistent am Lehrstuhl für forstliche Arbeitswissenschaft und Verfahrenstechnik an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Leitender Mitarbeiter und Mitinhaber (ab 1993) im Beratungsbüro DENDRON AG für Forstwesen und Raumplanung, Muntelier, Schweiz Ordinarius für Forstliches Ingenieurwesen und Waldarbeit an der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien Vorstand des Instituts für alpine Naturgefahren und forstliches Ingenieurwesen der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien Vorsitzender des Fachsenats Wald- und Holzwissenschaften Vizerektor für Ressourcen, Universität für Bodenkultur; Stellvertreter des Rektors nach UOG 1993 Rektor der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
1981-1989
1989-1999
seit 1999
1999-2001
2000-2001
2001-2003
2003-2007

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont. Reinhold EBNER

Geschäftsführer, Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, Leoben

 Studium Metallurgie an der Montanuniversität
 Assistent am Institut für Metallkunde und Werkstoffprüfung der Montanuniversität Leoben, dazwischen verschiedene Forschungsaufenthalte im Ausland
 Habilitation auf dem Gebiet Werkstoffkunde und Prüfung der Metalle
 Geschäftsführer der Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH

Dipl.-Ing. Hubert LENGER

Forschungsleiter, Böhler Edelstahl GmbH, Kapfenberg

HTBL-Kapfenberg, Fachrichtung Maschinenbau/Reifeprüfung am 28.6.73 Weinzetl & Hinssen GmbH mit befristeten Leasingverträgen MBB/Hamburg, Raffinierie Ingolstadt, Werft Lübeck, Siemens Ditzingen Weinzetl & Hinssen GmbH, mit befristeten Leasingverträgen PHB/BMW Dingolfingen, Werft Blom & Voss/Hamburg Diplomprüfung der Studienrichtung Werkstoffwissenschaften/Montanuniversität Leoben VEW/Techniker in der Abteilung "Technologie, Werkzeugs- und Schnellarbeitsstähle (mm BEG) Böhler Edelstahl GmbH/Leitungsverantwortung für die Abteilungen Betriebsmetallurgie, Schmiedestreckstahl und Betriebsmetallurgie Walzlinie
1968-1973
1974-1976
1980-1981
1984
1985-1987
1991-1993

Dr. Ph.D. Helga NOWOTNY

Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; Chair, ERA Council Forum Austria, Vienna

Doctorate in Jurisprudence, University of Vienna Ph.D. in Sociology, Columbia University, New York Professor of Philosophy and Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich Director, "Collegium Helveticum", ETH Zurich Chair, EURAB - European Research Advisory Board of the European Commission Director, Branco Weiss Fellowship Programme "Society in Science" Chair, Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna Vice-President ERC - European Research Council
1959
1969
  Teaching and Research Positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Vienna; King's College, Cambridge; University of Bielefeld; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; Ecole des Hautes Etudes et Sciences Sociales, Paris; Science Center for Social Sciences, Berlin; Collegium Budapest
1996-2002
1998-2004
2001-2006
2002-2004
2005-2011
2007-2010
  Professor em., Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich

Mag. Dr. Philipp STEGER

Wissenschaftsattaché, Leiter des Offices of Science & Technology, Österreichische Botschaft Washington

Studium der Rechtswissenschaften (Graz, Salzburg, Neapel, Trieste) zuerst Studium der Anglistik und Romanistik, dann Studium Dolmetscher und Übersetzer (Salzburg, Graz, Trieste) Juristischer Mitarbeiter, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Dr. Reinhard Steger & Partner, St. Johann i. P. Juristischer Mitarbeiter, Studio Legale Volli, Trieste Forschungsaufenthalt an der Universität Krakau im Rahmen der politikwissenschaftlichen Dissertation Junior Visiting Fellow, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Wien Promotion zum Dr. iur an der Universität Innsbruck Referent im Büro des Bundesministers, Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft & Verkehr Attaché für Wissenschaft & Technologie und Direktor des Office of Science & Technology, Österreichische Botschaft in den USA, Washington, D.C.
1991-1996
1991-1996
1992-1995
1995
1996-1998
1998-1999
1999
1999-2000
seit 2000

Mag. DDr. Stefan THURNER

Professor and Head, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna; President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Magister rer.nat. (MS in Theoretical Physics), University of Vienna (honors) Dr.techn. (PhD in Theoretical Physics), Vienna University of Technology (honors) , 1996 Guest Researcher, Columbia University, New York Postdoctoral Position, Humboldt University, Berlin Research Associate, Boston University, Boston Postdoctoral Position, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna Tenure track position (Universitätsassistent), University of Vienna Dr.rer.soc.oec. (PhD in Financial Economics), University of Vienna (honors) Habilitation (Theoretical Physics), Vienna University of Technology Associate Professor (a.o. Universitätsprofessor, tenure), University of Vienna Associate Professor, Medical University Vienna Fellow, Collegium Budapest External Professor, Santa Fe Institute Full Professor for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University Vienna Senior Researcher, IIASA, Laxenburg Visiting Professor Nanyang Technologica University, Singapur President of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna
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1995
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since 2007
since 2009
since 2010
since 2015
since 2015

Dr. Jeroen VERSCHRAGEN

Direktor der Organisationseinheit Perspektiven der Forschung, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V., Bonn

studied law at the University of Heidelberg, concentrating on Public law. philosophy of law and Anglo-American law worked as a teaching assistant at Heidelberg University, doctoral thesis about the theory of state by Jean-Jacques Rousseau time under articles; second state examination working as an author: Biography of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1989-1994
1994-1997
1997-1999
1999-2001

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Wolfhard WEGSCHEIDER

Rektor, Montanuniversität Leoben

Dipl.-Ing. für Technische Chemie Doktor an der Technischen Wissenschaften - 1978 Fulbright Stipendiat an der University of Denver Habilitation an der TU Graz für Analytische Chemie Assistenzprofessor an der TU Graz Visiting Scientist bei Philip Morris, Richmond, USA Professor für Allgemeine und Analytische Chemie Studiendekan der Montanuniversität Leoben
1974
1976
1977
1980
1989
1990
seit 1994
1995-2001

Dr. Georg WINCKLER

Rector, University of Vienna

Promotion Dr. rer. pol. Full Professor of Economics, University of Vienna; several appointments as Visiting Professor (i.a. Georgetown University, USA) Rector of the University of Vienna (re-elected 2003 and 2007) President of the Austrian Rectors' Conference (re-elected 2001 and 2004) Vice-President and Member of the Board of the European University Association (EUA), Brussels-Geneva
 Studies at Princeton University and the University of Vienna
1968
since 1978
since 1999
2000-2005
2001-2005

Mag. Dr. Günther BONN

Head, Institute for Analytical Chemistry and Radio Chemistry and Director, ADSI - Austrian Drug Screening Institute, Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck

Elementary School, Innsbruck High School, Innsbruck Study of Chemistry at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck Teachership-Exam in Chemistry and Physics - Graduation "Master of Natural Sciences" Thesis at the Institute of Radiochemistry, University of Innsbruck "Hydrothermal Degradation of Glucose, Cellobiose and Cellulose" Contract Assistant at the Institute for Radiochemistry University of Innsbruck Graduation to "Doktor der Philosophie" summa cum laude University Assistant at the Institute for Radiochemistry, University of Innsbruck Habilitation for Analytical Chemistry Vis.Professor at Yale University, Department of Chemical Engin. New Haven, CT, USA, Prof. Csaba Horvath Assistant Professor Full Professor for Analytical Chemistry at Johannes-Kepler-University of Linz, Austria and Head at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Johannes-Kepler-University of Linz Full Professor for Analytical Chemistry - Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck Head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry Member of the FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Vienna Vice President - Austrian Council for Science and Research Development, Vienna Member of the Board of the Medical University, Innsbruck
1960-1964
1964-1972
1972
1977
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since 1995
1996-2003
2000-2010
since 2004

Dr. Gerhard KRATKY

Managing Director, Austrian Science Fund, Vienna

Research Assistant at the University of Georgia (Computer Science), Athens, USA Research Assistant at the University of Vienna (Institute for Mathematical Logic) System Analyst at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria Strategic tasks in the Planning & IT-department of one of the biggest banks in Austria (Creditanstalt-Bankverein) CEO of an internationally acting Software- and Systems House (Management Data) General Manager of the Austrian Liberal Party (Liberales Forum) Director in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, in charge of "Funding of Research and Technology"
 School and University in Vienna, Austria. PhD in Mathematical Logic at the University of Vienna.
1968-1969
1970-1971
1971-1973
1973-1980
1980-1994
1995-1999
2000-2003

MMag. Andreas SCHIBANY

Collaborator, Research Group Technology, Innovation and Policy Consulting, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz

wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Bereich Systemforschung des Forschungszentrums Seibersdorf
1996-1999

Mag. MA Barbara WEITGRUBER

Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna

Translator's diploma in English, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz Certificate in Mass Media, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz MA in Communications, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA Fulbright Grantee and Teaching Assistant, Department of Communications and Theatre, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA Founding Staff Member, Director, Office for International Relations, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz Master Degree in English/American and Interdisciplinary Studies, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz and 1993-1994 Lecturer for Media and Intercultural Issues, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz Director, Office for European Educational Co-operation, Austrian Academic Exchange Service, Vienna Director, International Relations/Higher Education, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Lecturer for EU Education Policy, Donau-Universität Krems Deputy Director General for Higher Education, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Senior Advisor for Strategy and Coordination in the field of international relations with special consideration for the interface Science - Research - Education, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research
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1986
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Technology Forum

show timetable

24.08.2006

08:00 - 10:00 Technology Brunch sponsored by Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung Social
09:00 - 20:00 Presentation CD-Laboratory “Biomechanics in skiing” Culture
11:00 - 11:30 Welcome by the Organisers Plenary
11:30 - 12:00 Welcome Statements Plenary
12:00 - 13:00 Origins Plenary
13:30 - 15:30 Competition for Talent Plenary
17:00 - 18:15 Research at the Cutting Edge Plenary
18:15 - 19:30 Science and Research Models and Best Practice Plenary
19:30 - 21:30 Evening Reception sponsored by Alcatel Austria Social

25.08.2006

07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 06: Changes in Technology and Natural Sciences – Is Our Tertiary Education System Still Up to Date? Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 04: Convergence and Excellence in Science Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 05: Innovative Telematics Systems in Intermodal Transport Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 08: The Reassuring Habitat Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 03: Convergence and Complexity in Technology Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 07: High-performance Materials from Nature as an Opportunity for Economic Growth Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 01: Science and Technology in Sport: Challenge for Industry and Benefit for People Breakout
07:00 - 16:00 Junior Alpbach Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 09: Energy Security – the Case of Hydro Carbons Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 02: Technology Transfer: the Motor for Developing Locations Breakout
14:00 - 15:15 Convergence and Complexity in Science and Technology Plenary
15:15 - 16:00 Faith and Science Plenary
17:00 - 18:00 Atom and Eve – an Alpbach Miniopera Culture
18:00 - 21:30 Reception sponsored by the Province of Lower Austria Social

26.08.2006

07:00 - 08:00 Energy and Security Plenary
08:00 - 08:30 Alpbach 2006 – Resumée Junior Alpbach Plenary
09:00 - 10:30 Science and Democracy Plenary
10:30 - 11:30 The Universe is a Strange Place Plenary
11:30 - 12:30 Farewell Reception sponsored by Microsoft Austria Social