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Convergence and Complexity in Science and Technology

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

Daniel Andler:
Impact of increasing complexity of scientific processes on education and training (“science of complexity”)
Gaining of knowledge through complexity research and its possibilities for intervention
Practical application in economy and technology

David A. Lane:
Methods of complexity research in conventional practical applications
Structuring and transformation of social and ecological systems
Treatment of non-linear phenomena and their interpretation

Peter Malanik:
Complexity and security requirements on the example of air travel
Convergent systems with new information and communications technologies create new demands and customer requirements

Frank Schweitzer:
Dynamics and management of complex systems, structures and models
Analyses and treatment of complex structures through the knowledge of complexity research
Practical examples

Stefan Thurner:
The paradigm of the “science of the complex”: a new approach to science or continuing progress
New possibilities in medical applications by imitating or adapting “the science of the complex”
Interdisciplinary and overlapping treatment of complex processes

Speakers

Professor of Philosophy, University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV); Director, Department of Cognitive Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris
Professor of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute (USA)
Executive Vice President and Secretary General, Austrian Airlines, Wien
Professor für Systemgestaltung, ETH Zürich
Professor and Head, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna; President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Vorsitzender, Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung der Österreichischen Bundesregierung, Wien Chair

Dr. Daniel ANDLER

Professor of Philosophy, University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV); Director, Department of Cognitive Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris

1967 Assistant, Dpt. of mathematics, Faculté des sciences d'Orsay
1973 Université Paris 7
1974 Chargé d'enseignement, Université Paris-Nord
1976 maître assistant, Université Paris 7
1985 maître de conférences, Université Paris 7
1989 professeur, Dpt. of philosophy, Université de Lille III
1993 Université de Paris X-Nanterre
1999 Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
2001-2005 Founder and director, Dpt. of cognitive studies, Ecole normale supérieure

PhD David P. LANE

Professor of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute (USA)

1975-1994 Professor of Statistics, University of Minnesota
1981-1983 Visiting Professor, Department of Mathematics, Duke University
1986-1987 Visiting Professor, Department of Epidemiology, McGill University
1990 Visiting Professor, Statistics, Bocconi University
since 1992 External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
1992-2003 Professor of Statistics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
2003-2006 Professor of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Dr. Peter MALANIK

Executive Vice President and Secretary General, Austrian Airlines, Wien

1983 Master in Law (University of Vienna)
1984 Doctorate in Law (University of Vienna)
 Professional Career:
1990 4 months internship at the European Commission
1985 Austrian Airlines International Relations Directorate
1989 Head Multilateral Affairs & Coordinator co-operation and alliance strategy (as of 1992); Austrian Airlines Joint Project Manager for "Alcazar"
1994 Head of Personnel Services and deputy to the EVP Human Resources
1996 IATA Assistant Director European Affairs, Geneva
 since October 2000 Secretary General & VP International Relations
 since April 2002 Executive Vice President
 University Teaching:
1997 AEA General Manager Technical and Operations, Brussels
 since October 2000 Member of the Faculty Board of the Executive Aviation MBA Course, Danube University Krems; Coordinator and Lecturer at the Airline Management Module
since 1997 Lecturer on Air Transport at the University of Economics, Vienna

DDr. Frank SCHWEITZER

Professor für Systemgestaltung, ETH Zürich

 Frank Schweitzer is Full Professor for Systems Design at ETH Zurich since 2004 and also associated member of the Department of Physics at the ETH Zurich
 In his professional carreer, he worked for different research institutions (Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Fraunhofer Institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems, Sankt Augustin) and universities (Humboldt University Berlin, Cornell University Ithaca NY, Emory University, Atlanta GA).
 Frank Schweitzer received his first Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in theoretical physics and his second Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in philosophy of science, he further earned a habilitation/Venia Legendi in physics. He initiated and lead (2001-2005) a section of the German Physical Society (DPG) for the physics of socio-economic systems (AKSOE).
 Further, he was a founding member and member of the steering committee of the European Network of Excellence "Complex Systems" (EXYSTENCE 2001-2006).
 The recent focus of the research group of Frank Schweitzer is on applications of complex systems theory to the dynamics of organizations. This includes the development of formal concepts, quantitative modeling and computer simulations.

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

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dr.h.c. Knut CONSEMÜLLER

Vorsitzender, Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung der Österreichischen Bundesregierung, Wien

1961-1966 Student der Eisenhüttenkunde, Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH), Abschluss: Dipl.-Ing.
  Zur gleichen Zeit Student des Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Aufbaustudiums, RWTH Aachen und Uni-Köln, Abschluss: Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing.
1966-1969 Doktorand und wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Eisenhüttenkunde-Institut, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Abschluss: Dr.-Ing.
1969-1989 Beschäftigt in Firmen des Hoesch-Konzerns (später Estel-Hoesch-Hoogovens NV) in Dortmund (D) und Nimwegen (NL)
seit 1980 Technisches Vorstandsmitglied, Hoesch Stahl AG
1976-1984 Mitglied, Technologie-Beirat des Bundesminister für Forschung und Technologie, Bonn (D)
1980-1989 Mitglied, Vorstände der technischen und wissenschaftlichen berufsständischen Verbände und Vereinigungen
1989-1991 Direktor, Strategie- und Technologieplanung, VA Stahl AG, Linz (A)
1991 Bestellung zum Vorstandsmitglied, Böhler-Uddeholm AG
1997 Erlangung der Österreichischen Staatsbürgerschaft
2000 Ernennung zum Vorsitzenden, Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung der Österreichischen Bundesregierung
2001-2005 Vorsitzender, Eisenhütte Österreich/ASMET
2005 Wiederwahl zum Vorsitzenden, Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung der Österreichischen Bundesregierung

Technology Forum

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24.08.2006

10:00 - 12:00Technology Brunch sponsored by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
11:00 - 22:00Presentation CD-Laboratory "Biomechanics in skiing"Culture
13:00 - 13:30Welcome by the OrganisersPlenary
13:30 - 14:00Welcome StatementsPlenary
14:00 - 15:00OriginsPlenary
15:30 - 17:30Competition for TalentPlenary
19:00 - 20:15Research at the Cutting EdgePlenary
20:15 - 21:30Science and Research Models and Best PracticePlenary
21:30 - 23:30Evening Reception sponsored by Alcatel AustriaSocial

25.08.2006

09:00 - 18:00Junior AlpbachBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 01: Science and Technology in Sport: Challenge for Industry and Benefit for PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 02: Technology Transfer: the Motor for Developing LocationsBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 03: Convergence and Complexity in TechnologyBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 04: Convergence and Excellence in ScienceBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 05: Innovative Telematics Systems in Intermodal TransportBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 06: Changes in Technology and Natural Sciences - Is Our Tertiary Education System Still Up to Date?Breakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 07: High-performance Materials from Nature as an Opportunity for Economic GrowthBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 08: The Reassuring HabitatBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 09: Energy Security - the Case of Hydro CarbonsBreakout
16:00 - 17:15Convergence and Complexity in Science and TechnologyPlenary
17:15 - 18:00Faith and SciencePlenary
19:00 - 20:00Atom and Eve - an Alpbach MinioperaCulture
20:00 - 23:30Reception sponsored by the Province of Lower AustriaSocial

26.08.2006

09:00 - 10:00Energy and SecurityPlenary
10:00 - 10:30Alpbach 2006 - Resumée Junior AlpbachPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Science and DemocracyPlenary
12:30 - 13:30The Universe is a Strange PlacePlenary
13:30 - 14:30Farewell Reception sponsored by Microsoft AustriaSocial