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Our Place in the Universe

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
german language

Plenary session in cooperation with the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers

The question if extraterrestrial life exists is as old as mankind itself. New technologies that are being applied in astrophysics can answer some of these questions today. Human spaceflight will also play an important role to explain various phenomena.

Director, Carl Sagan Institute; Associated Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Director of ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations, German ESA-Astronaut, European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt
Head, Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center, Berlin
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH, Berlin

M.Sc. M.Eng. Ph.D. Lisa KALTENEGGER

Director, Carl Sagan Institute; Associated Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Research Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Young Engineer Fellowship, ESA - European Space Agency, Netherlands Consultant to ESA - Science Department via AURORA Technology, Netherlands Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Lecturer, Astronomy Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Research Associate, Astronomy Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Research Associate, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Lecturer, Astronomy Department, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg
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 Since 2014 Associate Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
 Since 2014 Founding Director, Carl Sagan Institute: Pale Blue Dot and Beyond, Ithaca, NY

Dr.-Ing. e.h. Thomas REITER

Director of ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations, German ESA-Astronaut, European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt

 Education:
 Thomas Reiter holds a Master s degree in Aerospace Technology and a honorary doctorate from the German Armed Forces University in Neubiberg/Munich. He graduated from Goethe-High School in Neu-Isenburg in 1977, from the German Armed Forces University in 1982 and from the Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) in Boscombe Down, England, in 1992.
 
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 After completion of military jet training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Thomas Reiter flew the Alpha-Jet in a fighter-bomber squadron based in Oldenburg, Germany. He was involved in the development of computerized mission planning systems and became a flight-operations officer and deputy squadron commander. After completing the test-pilot training Class 2 at the German flight test center in Manching during 1990, Reiter was involved in several flight test projects and conversion training on the Tornado the following year. Reiter attended the Class 1 test pilot training at ETPS, Boscombe Down, in 1992. His flight experience includes more than 2300 hours in military combat jet aircraft of more than 15 types.
 Thomas Reiter was also involved in ESA studies of a manned space vehicle (Hermes) and development of equipment for the Columbus module, one of Europe s main contributions to the International Space Station.
 In 1992, he was selected to join ESA s European Astronaut Corps, based at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany. After completing basic training, Reiter was selected for the Euromir 95 mission and started training at TsPK (Cosmonauts Training Centre) in Star City near Moscow in August 1993, preparing for onboard-engineer tasks, extra-vehicular activities and operations of the Soyuz transportation system. The Euromir 95 experiment training was organized and mainly carried out at EAC.
 In March 1995, he was assigned as on-board engineer for the Euromir 95 mission, a record-breaking 179 days on ESA's Euromir 95 mission (3 September 1995 until 29 February 1996) with two spacewalks (EVAs).
 Between October 1996 and July 1997, Reiter underwent training on Soyuz-TM spacecraft operations for de-docking, atmospheric re-entry and landing. He was awarded the Russian  Soyuz Return Commander certificate, which qualifies him to command a three-person Soyuz capsule during its return from space.
 Furthermore, he performed collateral duties in the ERA-team of ESA, which is developing the European Robotic Arm and its ground based test- and mission control equipment.
 From September 1997 to March 1999, Reiter was detached to the German Air Force as Operational Group Commander of a Tornado fighterbomber wing. After his return to ESA he gave support to the ATV team and the ERA programme. He continued training at the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City from June 1999 until March 2000 for the Russian Segments of the International Space Station.
 On 1 April 1999 he resumed his activities at the European Astronaut Centre, Cologne, Germany.

Dr. Tilman SPOHN

Head, Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center, Berlin

 Tilman Spohn studied geophysics at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt and got his diploma in 1975. Three years later he earned his Ph.D. and in 1984 his habilitation.
 Since this time he has been professor at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and since 2004 he is simultaneously the director of the Institute for Planet Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin-Adlershof. From 2007 onwards he has been engaged in the Helmholtz alliance »Development of Planets and Life« as its scientific coordinator.

Dr. Jürgen MLYNEK

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH, Berlin

Studium der Physik, Technische Universität Hannover; Ecole Polytechnique, Paris Hauptdiplom Physik, Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Institut für Angewandte Physik, Universität Hannover Promotion, Dr. rer. nat., Universität Hannover Post-Doktorand, IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose (USA) Habilitation, Universität Hannover Hochschulassistent (C1), Universität Hannover Heisenberg-Stipendiat der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft Assistenzprofessor, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich Ordentlicher Professor (C4), Experimentalphysik, Universität Konstanz Vizepräsident, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Präsident, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Präsident, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren
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Technology Forum

show timetable

22.08.2013

08:00 - 10:30 Technology Brunch hosted by Standortagentur Tirol Partner
11:00 - 11:10 Opening of the Alpbach Technology Forum 2013 Plenary
11:10 - 11:45 Innovation and Policy Plenary
11:45 - 13:15 Future Innovation – International Perspectives Plenary
13:40 - 14:40 Graphene – A Great Hope of Future Technologies? Plenary
14:40 - 16:00 From Research to Economic Success Plenary
18:00 - 19:45 Our Place in the Universe Plenary

22.08.-21.08.2013

Career Lounge hosted by the Organisers and Siemens AG Österreich Social
Evening Reception hosted by Forschung Austria Social

23.08.2013

06:30 - 13:00 Working Group 05: The Potential of the Alps: Focus Sustainable Use of Resources Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 10: Identity 2.0: Digital Man Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 01: The Value Chains of the Future Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 06: The Potential of ICT Tools in Open Innovation Processes Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Special Event: RTI Internationalization in Austria – Strategic Recommendations Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for Kids Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 07: Web attack! The Fight against Hackers and Data Loss Breakout
07:00 - 16:00 Junior Alpbach – Science and Technology for Young People Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 04: “Frontrunner”, a New Approach in RTI Policy Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 08: Industry 4.0 – Impact on the Future of Working Lives Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 11: Intellectual Property Management – Conditions for Prosperity and Success Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 02: To Develop the Future – Tomorrow’s Innovation as Exemplified by International Leading Enterprises Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 03: Smart City – Pathways to Future Urban Mobility Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 09: Green Tech: Visions and Business of eco-mobility Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 12: Secure Society = Secured Future = Security Research Breakout
14:00 - 15:30 i-Learning – The Future of Learning in the Digital World Plenary
15:45 - 18:00 Challenges for Biomedical Research Plenary
18:00 - 20:00 Open Dialogue – Smart Mobility for Smart Cities Partner

24.08.2013

07:30 - 08:15 Planning Innovation: At the Crossroads Plenary
08:15 - 10:00 Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Plenary
10:15 - 11:15 The Wonderful World of Quantum Mechanics Plenary
11:15 - 11:30 Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology Forum Plenary
11:30 - 12:00 Snack Reception hosted by the Organisers Social