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07: Industrial energy revolution: resilience through innovation?

Breakout / Working Group
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The domestic energy-intensive industry is facing a once-in-a-century challenge: cost pressure in international competition is massive, while the Paris Climate Objectives create a global framework for moving forward on the reduction of greenhouse gases and thus stepping up the pressure for innovating new industrial processes. Caught between continuous optimisation in the system, which finally can also render immobile, and risky decisions for large-scale investments a balance needs to be struck between efficiency and resilience towards an economic system that is sustainable and generates wealth.


Managing Director for Political Affairs, Global 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria, Vienna
Founder and Managing Director, Georg Günsberg Policy and Strategy Consulting, Vienna
Chief Executive Officer, DENA - German Energy Agency, Berlin
Head, Strategic Environmental Management, voestalpine AG, Linz
Managing Director, Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz
Director, Department of Policy Research and Statistics, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Geneva
Director and Executive Producer, Format Development, Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna Chair
Managing Director, Climate and Energy Fund, Vienna Chair
Public Relations Manager, Climate and Energy Fund, Vienna Coordination


Founder and Managing Director, Georg Günsberg Policy and Strategy Consulting, Vienna

1991-1995 Climate, energy and clean air campaigning, GLOBAL 2000
1995-1997 Project Development, Coordination Bureau of Austrian Environmental NGOs, ÖKOBÜRO
1995-1997 NGO Representative in the Austrian Delegation, Conferences of the Parties to the UN Climate Convention in Berlin (COP1) and Kyoto (COP3)
1998-1999 Civil Servant and Freelance Project Developer
2000 MSc in Political and Communication Science, University of Vienna
1999-2007 Advisor of Vienna Green Party Chairman Christoph Chorherr
since 2007 Independent Political and Strategic Consultant, Günsberg Politik- und Strategieberatung, Vienna

Ing. Johann PRAMMER

Head, Strategic Environmental Management, voestalpine AG, Linz

1977-1982 Höhere Technische Bundeslehranstalt, Linz
1984-1989 VOESTALPINE Stahl Linz Gesellschaft m.b.H.
1989-2004 Gewerberechtlicher Geschäftsführer, SCS-TECHNOLOGY Verfahrenstechnik GmbH, Linz
seit 2004 Leitung Strategisches Umweltmanagement, Leitung Umwelt Steel Division und Abfallrechtlicher Geschäftsführer, voestalpine Stahl GmbH, Linz


Director and Executive Producer, Format Development, Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna

1996-2002 Studium Graz/USA; Moderator, Journalist, Aktueller Dienst Hörfunk, TV, ORF Landesstudio Salzburg
2002-2007 Journalist; Livereporter; Redakteur, ORF Zeit im Bild, ORF Magazin Willkommen Österreich
2007-2012 Moderator; Sendungsverantwortlicher, ORF Magazin Newton; Analyst (Science), ORF Zeit im Bild
2012-2017 Executive Producer; Format Development, Terra Mater Factual Studios; Regisseur; Moderator

DI Theresia VOGEL

Managing Director, Climate and Energy Fund, Vienna

1989-1998 Forschungsmitarbeit und Projektkoordination von EU-Projekten, Institut für Wassergüte und Abfallwirtschaft, Technische Universität Wien
1998-2003 Selbständige wissenschaftliche Projekte, FTEI - Fakultätentag für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik e.V.
2001-2005 Leiterin des Wissenschaftsbereich Umwelttechnik und Qualitätsmanagement, Lektorin, Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt, Campus Wieselburg
2005-2010 Bereichsleiterin Strukturprogramme und Programmleiterin "Nachhaltig Wirtschaften", Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
seit 2010 Geschäftsführerin, Klima- und Energiefonds
 laufend diverse Vorträge an Universitäten und Fachhochschulen
seit 2011 Mitglied des Universitätsrates der Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien

Mag. Katja HOYER

Public Relations Manager, Climate and Energy Fund, Vienna

1993-2001 Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft
2001-2004 Ecker&Partner, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Lobbying GmbH
2004-2010 Niederösterreich Werbung GmbH
since 2010 Klima- und Energiefonds der österreichischen Bundesregierung

Technology Symposium

show timetable


11:00 - 12:00Open doors: #ART TEC: Interfaces between art, technology and scienceCulture
12:00 - 13:00Start of exhibition TEC-Xperience RoomPartner
13:00 - 13:10Welcome and openingPlenary
13:10 - 14:20RTI TalkPlenary
14:20 - 15:40Precision medicine - medicine's solution to diversity?Plenary
16:00 - 17:30Nutrition sciencePlenary
20:15 - 21:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria & Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
21:15 - 23:00Die Presse Career lounge for students and young professionalsPlenary
21:30 - 23:00Evening ReceptionSocial


08:30 - 09:00TU Austria Innovation Marathon: ideas made to order - 24 hours nonstopPlenary
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
09:15 - 10:30Seattle never sleeps: a young, booming innovation hub as this year’s guest at the Technology SymposiumPlenary
10:45 - 12:15Our digital future - how human will it be?Plenary
12:30 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: The contest for key technologies - Europe's potentials?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: Digitization and diversity - an opportunity for business locationsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Inequality and resilience in the digital economyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: Gene therapy - intervention in nature or future hopeBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Next-generation batteries: European leading-edge technology to leverage electromobilityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: EU NIS directive and NIS act - what now?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Industrial energy revolution: resilience through innovation?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: Digital literacy for allBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Consequences of digital monocultures on societiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: Future disruptive technologies: challenges for modern societiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: Digital life in a physical world: rethinking digitizationBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: The renewability of societal resourcesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: Resilience - how societies can cope with crisesBreakout
18:30 - 19:30Global talk: #MakeInIndia - India on the fast track?Plenary


09:00 - 10:30Cyborgs - when technology gets under your skinPlenary
10:50 - 12:00Resilience - digitisation and electronic mediaPlenary
12:30 - 13:15The physics of everyday thingsPlenary
13:00 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial