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Planning Innovation: At the Crossroads

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The basic factors of success for innovations have been explored in various disciplines for quite some time. However, how can this complex knowledge be implemented sustainably in the planning of new technologies?


Rector Magnificus, University of Maastricht
President Emeritus, Jacobs University Bremen Chair


Rector Magnificus, University of Maastricht

 He completed his first degrees in economics (1972, summa cum laude) and development economics (1973, summa cum laude) at the University of Gent, Belgium, before obtaining his DPhil in economics at the University of Sussex (1978).
 Before coming to Maastricht in 1986, Luc Soete worked at the Department of Economics of UFSIA, University of Antwerp (1973-79), the Institute of Development Studies (1979-84) and the Science Policy Research Unit (1980-86) at the University of Sussex, England. He was also Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, Stanford University (1984-85).
 In 1988 he became director of MERIT, a medium sized research institute with a good international reputation in the area of innovation studies and the socio-economic analysis of technological change.
 In 1999 he became director of a new interdisciplinary undertaking: the International Institute of Infonomics. The new institute groups currently some 70 researchers from different disciplines all focusing on various aspects of the digitisation of society.
 His research interests include both the theoretical and empirical study of technological change and innovation, with a particular emphasis on new information and communication technologies, on growth, employment and international trade and investment.
1995 Dr. Soete was co-ordinator for the OECD's Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, the G-7 project "Technology, Productivity and Job Creation", submitted to the G-7 Jobs Summit in Lille, April 1996.
1995-1997 Luc Soete chaired the High Level Expert Group on the "Social and Societal Aspects of the Information Society" for the European Commission. This group was set up in May 1995 to look into the social and societal aspects of the Information Society, and is seen as an integral part of the European Commission's Action Plan on the Information Society. An interim report "Building the European Information Society for Us All" was released in January 1996.
2005 Luc Soete became joint Director of the United Nations University Institute for New Technologies (UNU-INTECH) and the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT). He is Professor of International Economics (on leave) at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Maastricht.
2012 Professor Luc Soete is the Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University as of 1 September 2012.

Dr. Joachim TREUSCH

President Emeritus, Jacobs University Bremen

1970 Professur in Frankfurt
1971 Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Physik in Dortmund
1984-1986 Präsident der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft
seit 1987 Vorstandsmitglied der Kernforschungsanlage Jülich (KFA)
1993-1997 Vorsitzender der Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren
1995-1996 Präsident der Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte
1990-2006 Vorsitzender des Vorstands der Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
1999-2003 Vorsitzender des Deutschen Verbandes Technisch-Wissenschaftlicher Vereine
2000-2006 Vorsitzender des Lenkungsausschusses "Wissenschaft im Dialog"
2006-2012 Präsident der Jacobs University Bremen

Technology Forum

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Technology Brunch hosted by Standortagentur TirolPartner
13:00 - 13:10Opening of the Alpbach Technology Forum 2013Plenary
13:10 - 13:45Innovation and PolicyPlenary
13:45 - 15:15Future Innovation - International PerspectivesPlenary
15:40 - 16:40Graphene - A Great Hope of Future Technologies?Plenary
16:40 - 18:00From Research to Economic SuccessPlenary
20:00 - 21:45Our Place in the UniversePlenary
21:45 - 00:00Career Lounge hosted by the Organisers and Siemens AG ÖsterreichSocial
21:45 - 00:00Evening Reception hosted by Forschung AustriaSocial


08:30 - 15:00Working Group 05: The Potential of the Alps: Focus Sustainable Use of ResourcesBreakout
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Special Event: RTI Internationalization in Austria - Strategic RecommendationsBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 01: The Value Chains of the FutureBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 02: To Develop the Future - Tomorrow's Innovation as Exemplified by International Leading EnterprisesBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 03: Smart City - Pathways to Future Urban MobilityBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 04: "Frontrunner", a New Approach in RTI PolicyBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 06: The Potential of ICT Tools in Open Innovation ProcessesBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 07: Web attack! The Fight against Hackers and Data LossBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 08: Industry 4.0 - Impact on the Future of Working LivesBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 09: Green Tech: Visions and Business of eco-mobilityBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 10: Identity 2.0: Digital ManBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 11: Intellectual Property Management - Conditions for Prosperity and SuccessBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 12: Secure Society = Secured Future = Security ResearchBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
16:00 - 17:30i-Learning - The Future of Learning in the Digital WorldPlenary
17:45 - 20:00Challenges for Biomedical ResearchPlenary
20:00 - 22:00Open Dialogue - Smart Mobility for Smart CitiesPartner


09:30 - 10:15Planning Innovation: At the CrossroadsPlenary
10:15 - 12:00Cybercrime and CybersecurityPlenary
12:15 - 13:15The Wonderful World of Quantum MechanicsPlenary
13:15 - 13:30Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology ForumPlenary
13:30 - 14:00Snack Reception hosted by the OrganisersSocial