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08: Digital literacy for all

Breakout / Working Group
german language

Digitization is rapidly progressing world-wide. It changes how we live and learn and even the very future of work. It provides tremendous opportunities through transnational networks and creates new cooperative learning spaces, conferring new qualities of diversity and resilience to processes of learning. We have to explore the limits of 21st Century Learning, however. Austria has already and significantly engaged with the European Education, Research and Innovation Area and is eager to fully utilize the opportunities that this move offers.


Austrian Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Vienna Introduction
Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna
Professor and Chair of Education and Educational Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Certified Pedagogue, University College of Teacher Education Styria, Graz
Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; Chair, ERA Council Forum Austria, Vienna Chair
Advisor, Directorate General for Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Vienna Coordination


Austrian Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Vienna

1974-1980 Studium der Geographie und der Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Universität Wien
1980 Promotion zum Dr. phil.
1980-1981 Scholar am Institut für Höhere Studien
1991 Verleihung der venia legendi für das Hauptfach "Humangeographie und Raumforschung"
  (1981-1986: Kommission für Raumforschung; 1986-1992: Institut für Demographie)
1981-1992 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
1992-1995 Geschäftsführender Direktor des Instituts für Stadt- und Regionalforschung der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
1996-2000 Ordinarius (C4) für Angewandte Geographie II (Geoinformatik), Technische Universität München
seit 2000 Universitätsprofessor für Angewandte Geographie, Raumforschung und Raumordnung, Universität Wien
seit 2006 Geschäftsführender Direktor, Institut für Stadt- und Regionalforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
2003-2009 Mitglied des Senats der Universität Wien
2004-2005 Forschungsaufenthalt an der Louisiana State University (Fulbright Grant)
2004-2011 Vizedekan und Dekan der Fakultät für Geowissenschaften, Geographie und Astronomie der Universität Wien
seit 2004 Obmann der Kommission für Migrations- und Integrationsforschung
seit 2011 Vizerektor der Universität Wien


Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna

1999 M.A., Social Philosophy (distinction), University of East Anglia, Norwich
2003 Ph.D., Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham
2001-2002 Research Officer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
2003 Researcher, Université de Liège
2003 Researcher, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Mol
2003-2006 Lecturer, Philosophy, Philosophy Group, Maastricht University, Maastricht
2007-2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente; Member, CTIT - Centre for Telematics and Information Technology, Twente
2012-2014 Managing Director, 3TU (now 4TU) Centre for Ethics and Technology, Eindhoven
since 2014 Professor, Technology and Social Responsibility, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, Leicester
since 2015 Professor, Philosophy of Media and Technology, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna

Dr. Ph.D. Helga NOWOTNY

Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; Chair, ERA Council Forum Austria, Vienna

1959 Doctorate in Jurisprudence, University of Vienna
1969 Ph.D. in Sociology, Columbia University, New York
  Teaching and Research Positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Vienna; King's College, Cambridge; University of Bielefeld; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; Ecole des Hautes Etudes and Sciences Sociales, Paris; Science Center for Social Sciences, Berlin; Collegium Budapest
1996-2002 Professor of Philosophy and Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich
1998-2004 Director, "Collegium Helveticum", ETH Zurich
2001-2006 Chair, EURAB - European Research Advisory Board of the European Commission
2002-2004 Director, Branco Weiss Fellowship Programme "Society in Science"
2005-2011 Chair, Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna
2007-2010 Vice-President ERC - European Research Council
  Professor em., Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich
2010-2013 President, ERC - European Research Council

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