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Technology Symposium

Borders, Bridges, Interactions


The Alpbach Technology Forum is Austria s most important discussion platform for politics, the economy and science. It intends to show the importance of technological developments for the economy and society as a whole as well as for the standard of living, the quality of life and competitiveness.

In plenary lectures and working groups more than a hundred outstanding personalities from the scientific community, the political area and the economic scene will take part in discussions.

In order to underscore the interdisciplinary character of the plenary lectures, they are fashioned according to a "cross over" model. In the working groups, experts discuss and elaborate on relevant questions in such a way that politicians can be provided with the fundamental basics for making decisions.

Junior Alpbach will again be one of the main programmes of the Technology Forum: in confrontation and through discussions with the most excellent and interesting scientists present in Alpbach, young people shall become enthusiastic about science and especially the natural sciences.

Technology Symposium

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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