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The Ig Nobel Prizes

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German and English language


Editor and co-founder, Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), Cambridge
Freie Journalistin, Wien Chair


Editor and co-founder, Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), Cambridge

 Graduated from Harvard College with a degree in applied mathematics.
 Spent several years developing optical character recognition computer systems (including a reading machine for the blind), and later founded Wisdom Simulators, Inc., a creator of educational software.
 He was the back-page humor columnist for the late, lamented computer magazine Byte.
 He wrote a monthly back-page humor column for the engineering magazine Design News.
 He has been commentator for ABC-TV's World News Now and on public radio.
 He is the father and master of ceremonies of the Ig Nobel Prize.
 In addition to editing the magazine, Marc writes a monthly newsletter called mini-AIR, a weekly column for the British newspaper The Guardian, and a daily blog.
1990-1994, he was the editor of the Journal of Irreproducible Results.
 He also frequently performs lectures that show both the funny side AND the importance of science, medicine, and technology.
1994, after the magazine's publisher decided to abandon the magazine, the founders and entire editorial staff (1955-1994) of the Journal abandoned the publisher and immediately created AIR.


Freie Journalistin, Wien

1984-2009 Ressort Innenpolitik in der Radio-Information, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk
1991-1997 Ressortleiterin, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk
1997-2002 Sendungsverantwortliche "Report", Moderation des politischen TV-Wochenmagazins des ORF "Report"
1999 Sendungsverantwortung für "Report International"
2001 Sendungsverantwortung für "Europa-Panorama"
2002-2005 Moderation von "Modern Times", des Zukunftsmagazins des ORF
2002-2009 Leiterin der Hauptabteilung "Bildung und Zeitgeschehen", ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk
seit 2009 Freie Journalistin und Moderatorin

Technology Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 11:30Technology brunch sponsored by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 14:00Welcome receptionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30Where Do We Come From?Plenary
16:00 - 18:30TomorrowPlenary
20:00 - 20:30ResponsibilityPlenary
20:30 - 21:30First-world know-how, third-world solutions: a comparison of outcomePlenary
21:30 - 23:30Evening reception, sponsored by Alcatel AustriaSocial


09:00 - 15:30Special Event 1: Cooperation in South East Europe - Programs, Projects, InitiativesBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Special Event 2: The Politics of Technology: A Primer on Innovative Developments that Governments Should Embrace to Kick-Start GNPBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Special Event 3: Medical Schools in the International Context - Challenges and OpportunitiesBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 01: Technological Potentials for Achieving Climate Protection Goals with or without Kyoto-Protocol RatificationBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 02: Low-Carbon Energy SupplyBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 03: New Forms of Organization: Best Practice-Methods of Change Management - the Art of Managing ChangeBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 04: Crossing Borders: Overcoming Barriers - Bridging Disciplines - Rethinking CulturesBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 05: Space Policy: A New Strategic Challenge for EuropeBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 06: From Vienna to Lisbon? - Challenges for Innovation Policy on EU and National Levels in the Light of the New EU Action Plan for Innovation and the Austrian Efforts for an Innovation StrategyBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 07: Man and Machine - Interactions in the Ambient Intelligent SocietyBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 08: Security and IdentificationBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 09: Lost in Technology? - Women Careers in Research and TechnologyBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 10: Challenges of Regenerative MedicineBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 11: Telematics in Transport - Opportunities for a Mobile SocietyBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 12: MyLifeBits - Digital Immortality and its LimitsBreakout
16:00 - 17:00Science Policy: the major players in science and research - competition and cooperation, conditions for success "Precompetitive Research"Plenary
17:00 - 18:00Science Policy: the major players in science and research - competition and cooperation, conditions for success "Competitive Research"Plenary
20:00 - 22:00Information transfer and processingPlenary


09:00 - 09:45The Ig Nobel PrizesPlenary
09:45 - 10:00Alpbach 2004 - My personal resuméePlenary
10:00 - 10:30Alpbach 2004 - resumée Junior AlpbachPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Seeing Beyond the Light: Technology and Patient s Benefit on the Example of Molecular ImagingPlenary
12:30 - 13:15Closing statementPlenary
13:30 - 14:00Farewell reception sponsored by Microsoft AustriaSocial