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Technology Forum

Global Future - Expectations in Science and Technology


The Alpbach Technology Forum as part of the European Forum Alpbach is the largest platform for a research- and technology-related debate in Austria. Due to its international focus it has become an indicator for new trends, setting benchmarks for technological developments.

Science and technology will play a key role for shaping our global future. To implement innovations sustainably also means to include the expectations and perspectives of future generations in the research process. Questions of ecology and social fairness give rise to new concepts. Research and technology are part of the global responsibility for the future of our earth. From "Powering the future" to "Global earth research", from "The global competition for production and research" to "Emerging technologies that will change our lives", the Alpbach Technology Forum will present state-of-the-art approaches and applications. Numerous plenary statements and thirteen working groups will convey research in an interdisciplinary dialogue with international expertise. "Junior Alpbach" and the "OE1 Children's University" show new ways of natural science-education for future generations.

Alpbach, a cosmopolitan Alpine village, is an ideal place for productive encounters and networking in science, politics and industry. The successful crossover between scientific disciplines is reflected in the rising number of participants and in the support of numerous sponsors to whom we are especially grateful.

Technology Forum

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10:00 - 12:30Technology Brunch hosted by Standortagentur TirolSocial
13:00 - 13:10Welcome statementPlenary
13:10 - 13:30Opening of the Alpbach Technology Forum 2012Plenary
13:30 - 14:15Opening SpeechesPlenary
14:15 - 15:05Powering the FuturePlenary
15:25 - 16:55Global Earth Research - Research for the Future of the Globe in cooperation with the Helmholtz Association of German Research CentersPlenary
16:55 - 17:45The Fight against Cancer - Breakthroughs and ExpectationsPlenary
20:00 - 21:30The global Competition for Production and Research - who will determine the Future?Plenary
21:30 - 23:30Career Lounge - Evening event with a buffet dinner for students, graduate scientists and young professionals, hosted by the organisers of the Alpbach Technology Forum and Siemens AG ÖsterreichSocial
21:30 - 23:30Evening Reception hosted by Forschung AustriaSocial


09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 01: Key Technologies - a Future for Europe's YouthBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 02: Ambient Assisted LivingBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 03: Smart City - Human beings at the Focus of AttentionBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 04: Demographics and Human Resources as an Opportunity for InnovationBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 05: The Location of future Production Sites - Decision Criteria, Opportunities and RisksBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 06: Supporting Careers in ScienceBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 07: Key Elements of successful Innovation CulturesBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 08: Learning through innovative Education NetworksBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 09: Wanted: young, technologically savvy, curiousBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 10: Smart Governance for smart SpecialisationBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 11: Medical technology: challenges and opportunitiesBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 12: Cyber-security as a critical factory of stabilityBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 13: Modern Technologies and their Role in Democratic ProcessesBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
09:45 - 15:00Special Event: RTI Internationalisation in Austria and the EUBreakout
16:00 - 17:15Individualisation - the Basis for Education and InnovationPlenary
17:30 - 19:30Pathways to the Nobel Prize - Laureates in Conversation with Austrian Junior Scientists in cooperation with the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake ConstancePlenary


09:00 - 10:30Emerging Technologies that will change our Lives - a Selection of EU "Flagship Projects"Plenary
10:45 - 12:00Future Scenarios: how long can we plan ahead?Plenary
12:00 - 13:05The physics of footballPlenary
13:05 - 13:15Closing StatementPlenary
13:20 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial