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Bio-Based Economy – Chancen und Risiken – Impulsreferate

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Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
Plenary / Panel
German and English language
Head of research, Fighting Blindness, Dublin
Professor of Plant Biotechnology, ETH Zurich
Vorstand, Institut für Ethik und Recht in der Medizin, Universität Wien
President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair

Dr. Michael COMER

Head of research, Fighting Blindness, Dublin

1965-1970 Graduate Studies BSc. (Level) Major: Applied Microbiology, at College of Technology and Ulster University, Belfast.
1970-1972 Supplementary Studies leading to election to Membership of the Institute of Biology and appointment as a Chartered Biologist (BSc Honours Level).
1972-1978 Worked at the Microbiological Research Establishment, Ministry of Defence, Porton Down, later the Centre for Applied Microbiological Research (CAMR) the UK s Public Health Laboratory Services (PHLS), Wiltshire, England
1975-1978 Postgraduate Research / Study / Dissertation under Professor Brian Hartley FRS at Imperial College, University of London leading to the award of the Diploma of Imperial College.
1978-1996 Worked for Boehringer Mannheim (now Roche) at their facilities near Munich, Bavaria, Germany
1982-1984 Studies and dissertation at the Institute of Applied Microbiology, University of Vienna under Professor Hermann Katinger leading to the award of a Doctorate in Science and Technology
1996-1998 Set up and CEO of a Joint Venture Company to produce active ingredients and intermediates as bulk GMP- pharmaceuticals, company was sold!
1999-2001 Set up a software development and validation company for use in the pharmaceutical industry company was acquired!
2001-2003 Consulting"; self employed as a "freelance" Health and Life Sciences Consultant (in various fields of Biotechnology) both
2003-2004 Acting Director of Bio-Sciences at Science Foundation Ireland (Interim Post pending the appointment of a permanent incumbent
2004-2007 Director of Research, Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin incorporating the National Children s Hospital

Wilhelm GRUISSEM

Professor of Plant Biotechnology, ETH Zurich

1983-2000 Professor of Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley
since 2000 Professor of Plant Biotechnology, ETH Zurich
since 2006 President, European Plant Science Organization

Dr. Dr. h.c. Ulrich H.J. KÖRTNER

Vorstand, Institut für Ethik und Recht in der Medizin, Universität Wien

1982 Promotion an der Kirchlichen Hochschule Bethel
1986-1992 Gemeindepfarrer in Bielefeld
1987 Habilitation an der Kirchlichen Hochschule Bethel
1990-1992 Studienleiter an der Evangelischen Akademie Iserlohn
seit 1992 Ordinarius für Systematische Theologie an der Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät der Universität Wien

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

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