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Politik und Wissenschaft – Beratung durch Wissenschaft

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President and Chief Executive Officer, Research and Development Corporation (RAND), Santa Monica, CA Abstract
The RAND Corporation provides policy analysis and policy advice to a range of clients, as well as to the broader public, both in the US and outside. This analysis and advice regarding policies, decisions and practices is based on research. RAND's quality standards call for this research to adhere to the scientific method, among other things. Several internal processes, including peer review of publications, help insure these standards. Most importantly, however, the research culture at RAND is vigilant in preventing bias, especially bias toward any particular political party, ideology or philosophy within the US or other countries that are the homes of its clients.

Over the recent years, this aspect of RAND - objectivity and non-partisanship - have become an increasingly prominent aspect of the RAND "brand", to the extent that, arguably, it has become the aspect that most distinguishes RAND from competitors among policy "think tanks".

Correlated with the growing importance of objectivity to the RAND brand has been growing polarization and partisanship in the American political debate. The likely positions of the two major parties on policy issues, both international and especially domestic, have become increasingly predictable. The polarization and partisanship of the broader US electorate may not be as great as in Washington, but it too seems to have succumbed to what Francis Fukuyama calls the "team sport" of US politics.

What does this mean for an institution such as RAND, seeking to adhere to high standards of scientific quality and objectivity in its work? RAND may be more exposed to this trend than most scientific organizations because it addresses so many policy areas, including international security, health care, defense, energy, education, crime, terrorism, internal security, transportation and so forth. These areas are subject to intense, sometimes ferocious, political debate. Nevertheless, there is a place for organizations such as RAND, perhaps an increasingly important one because of the growing polarization.
Rector, University of Vienna
Editor in Chief and Managing Director, NZZ Austria; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy; Vienna Chair

Dr. James A. THOMSON

President and Chief Executive Officer, Research and Development Corporation (RAND), Santa Monica, CA

1967-1969 Purdue University, M.Sc. in Physics
1969-1972 Purdue University, Ph.D. in Physics
1972-1974 University of Wisconsin, Post-doctoral research associate in experimental nuclear physics
1974-1977 Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon
1977-1981 National Security Council, The White House
1981-1986 Director of RAND's National Security Strategies research program in Project AIR FORCE
1983-1984 Director of RAND's International Security and Defense Policy program
1984-1989 Vice President and responsible for the Project AIR FORCE division, The RAND Corporation
since 1989 President and Chief Executive Officer, The RAND Corporation


Rector, University of Vienna

 Studies at Princeton University and the University of Vienna
1968 Promotion Dr. rer. pol.
since 1978 Full Professor of Economics, University of Vienna; several appointments as Visiting Professor (i.a. Georgetown University, USA)
since 1999 Rector of the University of Vienna (re-elected 2003 and 2007)
2000-2005 President of the Austrian Rectors' Conference (re-elected 2001 and 2004)
2001-2005 Vice-President and Member of the Board of the European University Association (EUA), Brussels-Geneva
2005-2009 President of the European University Association (EUA), Brussels-Geneva


Editor in Chief and Managing Director, NZZ Austria; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy; Vienna

ab 1988 Studien der Theologie, Germanistik und Klassischen Philologie an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (nicht abgeschlossen)
1991-1994 Außenpolitik-Redakteur, "Kleine Zeitung"
1994 Redakteur in der Chefredaktion, "Kleine Zeitung"
1995-1997 Chef vom Dienst, "Kleine Zeitung"
1998-1999 Stellvertretender Chefredakteur, "Kleine Zeitung"
2000-2001 Chef vom Dienst, "Standard"
2002-2004 Stellvertretender Chefredakteur, "Die Presse"
2004-2012 Chefredakteur, "Die Presse"
2013/14 Leiter, Media Academy, Europäisches Forum Alpbach
seit 2015 Chefredakteur, "nzz.at"


Timetable einblenden


10:00 - 12:30Technologiebrunch gegeben von der Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:20Eröffnung durch das Europäische Forum AlpbachPlenary
13:20 - 14:00PlenumPlenary
14:00 - 14:30PlenumPlenary
15:00 - 15:45Ethik in der WissenschaftPlenary
15:45 - 16:30StammzellenPlenary
17:00 - 18:00Politik und Wissenschaft - Beratung durch WissenschaftPlenary
20:00 - 21:30BionikPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Empfang gegeben von Alcatel-Lucent Austria AGSocial


09:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 01: Von der Grundlagenforschung zur ökonomischen WertschöpfungBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 02: Integrität in Forschung und WissenschaftBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 03: Mythen der Life Sciences und ihre KonsequenzenBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 04: Luftfahrt und UmweltBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 05: Think Tanks in ÖsterreichBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 06: Gender Mainstreaming in Forschung und Entwicklung. Realitäten wahrnehmen und visionär entscheidenBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 07: Erfolgsfaktor Mensch - Regionen im WettbewerbBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 08: Klimawandel - die Zukunft des VerkehrsBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 09: Governance der angewandten Forschung: Verantwortlichkeiten, Unabhängigkeit und RessourcenBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 10: Digital HealthcareBreakout
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Wissenschaft und Technologie für junge MenschenBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Kinderuni Alpbach - Wissenschaft und Technologie für KinderBreakout
10:00 - 16:00Arbeitskreis 11: Energieeffizienz - Chancen erkennen, Potenziale nutzenBreakout
10:00 - 15:00Sonderveranstaltung: Vom Stabilitätspakt für Südosteuropa zum Regionalen Kooperationsrat (RCC) - ein neuer Impuls für die europäische Perspektive des Westbalkans im Bereich Hochschulbildung und Forschung?Breakout
16:30 - 17:15Die Zukunft der Wissenschaft IPlenary
17:15 - 18:30Globaler Wettbewerb um globale TalentePlenary
20:00 - 21:30Informations- und Kommunikationsinfrastrukturen - Nervenzentren der modernen GesellschaftPlenary


10:00 - 10:30Naturwissenschaftliche Bildung für eine technikorientierte GesellschaftPlenary
10:30 - 11:15Die Zukunft der Wissenschaft IIPlenary
11:15 - 11:45Die Zukunft der Umwelt und LandwirtschaftPlenary
12:00 - 12:15Junior Alpbach und Ö1 Kinderuni Alpbach 2008Plenary
12:15 - 13:15Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel prizePlenary
13:15 - 14:00Imbiss zum Abschluss der Veranstaltung, gegeben von AVL List GmbHSocial