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The five senses

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
German and English language

The five senses are human beings’ interface to the world surrounding them.
Without them, we could not in any way experience or conceive it.
The senses have been developed by evolution through an adaptive, self-organizing process; a classical example for an emergent phenomenon.
Human beings have always tried to expand their senses, in order to make ‘sense’ of creation, among other reasons. Thus, any (falsifiable) scientific field is based on experiments, which are nothing else than highly expanded senses in part.
At the moment we find ourselves at a threshold: not only do we expand the senses by technical devices but we also try to enhance and replace them directly on human beings.
The senses in their special shapes are an elementary part of all interactions between humans and form the core of understanding in human societies.
In the pleanry session we will dwell on the topic ‘five senses’ with regard to the above-mentioned aspects engaging five experts in their fields.
In connection with the visual sense we will see how senses can be restored directly in humans.
The sense of hearing will lead us to communication and we will elaborate consequences for societal interactions.
The topic of smelling will deal with the fascinating opportunities for finding new technological applications; and in connection with the sense of touch we will learn about the interaction of senses and its imaging in the brain.
Finally, we will hear about the sense of taste by a ‘molecular restaurateur’.

Speakers

Professor emeritus für experimentelle und klinische Otolaryngologie, Medizinische Universität Wien
Chair of the Department Cell Physiology, Ruhr-University Bochum
Fachärztin für Plastische und Wiederherstellungschirurgie,Wien
Professor, Molecular Gastronomy Team, Institut des sciences et des industries du vivant et de l environnement (AgroParisTech) and Laboratoire de Chimie des Interactions Moléculaires, Collège de France, Paris Abstract
These days when we ask ourselves 'what shall I eat?' the answer might range from indulging in a gourmet meal to simply popping a pill. So does this mean that chemistry is responsible for a decline in cooking today? The answer is no, in part because all cooking has three vital ingredients that no pill-popping can possibly emulate. First there is technique - a soufflé has to rise, otherwise it would be a pancake. Next, art - a soufflé without taste is nothing, just as there is no music if there are fingers and a piano but no song to play. Then finally, and perhaps most crucially, a social component is to be considered- even the very best soufflé is nothing if thrown in the face of the eater.

'Molecular Gastronomy' is the scientific discipline created in 1988 by Hervé This and Nicholas Kurti that is taking the culinary world by storm. An approach that is not about technology, nor technique, rather about using science to research and explore the mechanisms of cooking in general. Did you know that all recipes comprise two parts, a definition and additions - culinary precisions - which cover all of the old wives tales, proverbs, methods and tips etc that all cooks pick up along the way? Using experiments and demonstrations to investigate these two parts, Hervé This will show how art can make direct use of the applications of science to create a wonderful marriage of science et cuisine.
Professor and Head, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna; President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Vorstand, Universitäts-Augenklinik, Medizinische Universität Graz

Dr. Klaus EHRENBERGER

Professor emeritus für experimentelle und klinische Otolaryngologie, Medizinische Universität Wien

1956-1962 Medical student at the Universities of Graz and Vienna, Austria
1962 Graduation as M.D. from the University of Graz, Austria
  Erlangen/Nürnberg, Germany
1963-1966 Assistant Professor at the Institute for Physiology and Biocybernetics (Head: Prof. W.D. Keidel) of the University of
  (Head: Prof.K. Akert) of the University of Zurich, Switzerland
1966-1968 Fellowship of the International Brain Research Organisation of the UNESCO at the Brain Research Institute
  University of Zurich, Switzerland
1968-1972 Trainee in the field of Otorhinolaryngology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (Head: Prof. U. Fisch) of the
1970-1971 Associate Professor of Neurophysiology at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Konstanz, Germany
  Technology and Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Mass., USA
1972 Research Fellow at Eaton-Peabody Laboratory of Auditory Physiology (Head:Prof. N.Y.S. Kiang), Mass. Institute of
  University of Vienna, Austria
1973-1983 Assistant/Associate Professor at the Second Department of Otorhinolaryngology (Head: Prof. K. Burian) at the
1975 Acquisition of University lecturing qualification for General Otorhinolaryngology
  Paris, France
1978-1979 Fellowship from the French Government at the Institute Gustave-Roussy (Head: Prof. Y. Cachin) at Villejuif,
1979 Diploma for Head-Neck-Oncology from the University Sorbonne, Paris, France
1983 Head of the First Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the University of Vienna, Austria
1987-2002 Honorary Professor at the Institute of Neurobiology (Head: Prof. D. Felix) of the University of Berne, Switzerland
2004 Head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria
since 1999 Member of the National Health Board of Austria
since 2006 Emeritus

DDDr. Hanns HATT

Chair of the Department Cell Physiology, Ruhr-University Bochum

1967-1972 Studies of Biology and Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich
1972 Diploma in Biology and Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich
1976-1981 Study of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich
1976 Promotion (Dr. rer. Nat.) Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich
1983 Promotion (Dr. med.) Technical University Munich
1984 Habilitation (venia legendi) for Physiology, Technical University Munich
  Munich
1985-1991 Assistant Professor at the Physiological Institute of the Technical University of
  Technical University Munich
1991-1992 University Professor (C3) at the Physiological Institute of the Klinikum r. d. Isar at the
1992 Offered Chair of Biophysics, University Konstanz
since 1992 Chair of the Department Cell Physiology (C4-Professor) Ruhr-University Bochum
1994-1998 President of ECRO (European Chemoreception Research Organization)
1998-2002 President of ICOT (International Commission of Olfaction and Taste)
1999-2003 Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum
2002 Offered Directorate at the German Nutrition Institute (DIFE), Berlin /Potsdam
since 2003 Member of the Senate, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
since 2005 Speaker of the International Graduate School Bioscience

Dr. Hildegunde PIZA

Fachärztin für Plastische und Wiederherstellungschirurgie,Wien

1965 Promotion zum Doktor der Gesamten Heilkunde in Graz
1975 Fachärztin für Allgemein-Chirurgie
1979 Fachärztin für Plastische und Wiederherstellungschirurgie
1983 Lehrbefugnis für Plastische Chirurgie an der Universität Wien
1992 Gründung der Abteilung für Plastische und Wiederherstellungschirurgie im Krankenhaus Lainz, leitende Ärztin
1995 Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institut für Qualitätssicherung in der Plastischen Chirurgie
seit 1999 Vorstand der Klinik für Plastische und Wiederherstellungschirurgie der Universität Innsbruck

Dr. Hervé THIS

Professor, Molecular Gastronomy Team, Institut des sciences et des industries du vivant et de l environnement (AgroParisTech) and Laboratoire de Chimie des Interactions Moléculaires, Collège de France, Paris

 Diploma of the Ecole supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de Paris (ESPCI)
 Modern Litterature Courses at University Paris IV
 Ph.D. of physical chemistry, University Paris VI: "Molecular and physical gastronomy"
 Habilitation to head researches, University Paris XI
since 1980 Development of Molecular Gastronomy
1988 Creation with Nicholas Kurti of the scientific discipline initially called "Molecular and Physical Gastronomy"
since 2004 Courses of Molecular Gastronomy, INA-PG (3 levels)
 Chemist I.N.R.A., Head of the INRA Molecular Gastronomy Team, in the Laboratory of chemistry "molecular interactions", Collège de France, Paris (Director of the laboratory: Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel prize in Chemistry) and in the Laboratory of chemistry of the Institut des sciences et industries du vivant et de l environnement (AgroParisTech)
 Scientific Director of the Foundation Food Science & Culture (Academy of sciences)
2006 Creation of the Foundation Food Science & Culture (French Academy of sciences)

Mag. DDr. Stefan THURNER

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

1993 Magister rer.nat. (MS in Theoretical Physics), University of Vienna (honors)
1995 Dr.techn. (PhD in Theoretical Physics), Vienna University of Technology (honors)
1995, 1996 Guest Researcher, Columbia University, New York
1996 Postdoctoral Position, Humboldt University, Berlin
1996-1997 Research Associate, Boston University, Boston
1998-1999 Postdoctoral Position, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
1999-2001 Tenure track position (Universitätsassistent), University of Vienna
2001 Dr.rer.soc.oec. (PhD in Financial Economics), University of Vienna (honors)
2001 Habilitation (Theoretical Physics), Vienna University of Technology
2001-2004 Associate Professor (a.o. Universitätsprofessor, tenure), University of Vienna
2004-2009 Associate Professor, Medical University Vienna
2007 Fellow, Collegium Budapest
since 2007 External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
since 2009 Full Professor for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University Vienna
since 2010 Senior Researcher, IIASA, Laxenburg
since 2015 Visiting Professor Nanyang Technologica University, Singapur
since 2015 President of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna
2017 Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford

Dr. Andreas WEDRICH

Vorstand, Universitäts-Augenklinik, Medizinische Universität Graz

1979-1986 Medizinstudium Universität Wien
1986-1992 Facharztausbildung Augenheilkunde 1. Universitäts-Augenklinik Wien
1992-2005 Universitäts-Augenklinik
1995 Verleihung der venia docendi Universität Wien
seit 1998 Stellvertretender Vorstand Universitäts-Augenklinik
2000-2004 Supplierender Leiter Universitäts-Augenklinik
seit 2005 Vorstand der Universitäts-Augenklinik Graz

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show timetable

23.08.2007

10:00 - 23:00Presentation of the three Christian Doppler Laboratories concerning allergiesCulture
10:00 - 12:00Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:20Welcome addressPlenary
13:20 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Global warmingPlenary
16:30 - 18:15The frontiers of science [in cooperation with the Institute of Science and Technology Austria]Plenary
20:00 - 21:30Looking insidePlenary
21:30 - 23:30Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent AustriaSocial

24.08.2007

09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 01: The risk and the new - 'risk governance'Breakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 02: The changing industrial landscape  challenges, opportunities, strategiesBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 03: Climate change and risk governance - the role of research, science and innovationBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 05: New initiatives and models of the 7th EU Framework Programme on Research to enhance European competitiveness - European technology platforms from the Austrian and the European points of viewBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 05: The end of IT-innovation - the growth opportunity for Europe?Breakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 06: The impact of climate change on mobility - challenges for infrastructure and private transportBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 07: Design by nature - nature's contribution to industrial progressBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 08: Smart WellbeingBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 09: The five sensesBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 10: Technology transfer in European regionsBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 11: The phenomenon of Second Life - the creation of a new world?Breakout
09:00 - 18:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and technology for kidsBreakout
09:30 - 15:30Special event: Bulgaria and Romania as partners in EUropean science and researchBreakout
15:00 - 16:30Regions and global competitionPlenary
16:30 - 18:00The future - dream or realityPlenary
18:30 - 20:00The five sensesPlenary
20:00 - 23:30Reception hosted by the Province of Lower AustriaSocial

25.08.2007

09:00 - 10:00What changed?Plenary
10:00 - 11:00SecurityPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Junior Alpbach and Ö1 Children's University Alpbach 2007Plenary
12:00 - 13:00Science & technology, entrepreneurship & societyPlenary
13:00 - 13:20A look back and a view aheadPlenary
13:20 - 14:30Reception hosted by Microsoft AustriaSocial