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The frontiers of science [in cooperation with the Institute of Science and Technology Austria]

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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english language

Speakers

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)

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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
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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
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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
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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