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Technology Forum


Breadth and depth - these have been and still are the distinguishing characteristics of the Alpbach Technology Forum: plenary sessions, broad topics of scientific and political relevance; and working groups (this year, there are eleven) which can discuss a topic in about six hours in such depth so that recommendations for political decision-makers can be worked out.

In the middle of May the British House of Commons decided to allow research on "hybrid embryos". Against this background the topics "Ethics in research", "Integrity in research and science", "The myths of Life Science and their consequences" - encompassing the whole spectrum of the biological and genetic revolution - will constitute one of the main focal points of the 2008 Technology Forum.

A second big issue will deal with "Global warming", "Transport", "Kyoto" and an aspect that has been underestimated for a long time, i.e. the consequences of agricultural production and especially of raising livestock on the environment.

Nothing is more global than science. Nonetheless it always happens locally - at the places where excellences concentrate. Where does excellence settle? How does the global competition for talents work? Will China and other Asian countries remain "suppliers of talent", especially for the USA? How do venture capitalists - those indispensable partners for financing risky projects - succeed in identifying talents and suitable projects?

Based on the main topics of the Alpbach Technology Forum it is only natural that "Junior Alpbach" will deal with biology and the Ö1 Children's University will look at "Mother nature's example" for many technological applications.

By the way, politicians and Nobel Prize Laureates are almost equally well represented: three Austrian members of government and two State Secretaries as well as four Nobel Prize Laureates from Europe and the USA will be present. Thus there will be again a cross-over between science and politics, together with representatives from industry and administration.

Technology Forum

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Kategorie: all Breakout Plenary Social


08:00 - 10:30 Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung Social
11:00 - 11:20 Opening by the European Forum Alpbach Plenary
11:20 - 12:00 Plenary session Plenary
12:00 - 12:30 Plenary session Plenary
13:00 - 13:45 Ethics of science Plenary
13:45 - 14:30 Stem cells Plenary
15:00 - 16:00 Politics and science – Advice through science Plenary
18:00 - 19:30 Bionics Plenary
19:30 - 21:30 Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent Austria AG Social


07:00 - 14:00 Working Group 07: Success factor human resources – Regions in competition Breakout
07:00 - 14:00 Working Group 01: From basic research to economic value Breakout
07:00 - 14:00 Working Group 09: The governance of applied research: responsibilities, independence and resources Breakout
07:00 - 14:00 Working Group 03: The myths of life sciences and their consequences Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and technology for kids Breakout
07:00 - 14:00 Working Group 05: Think Tanks in Austria Breakout
07:00 - 14:00 Working Group 06: Gender mainstreaming in science and development. Perceive realities and decide visionarily Breakout
07:00 - 14:00 Working Group 10: Digital healthcare Breakout
07:00 - 14:00 Working Group 02: Research integrity in science Breakout
07:00 - 14:00 Working Group 04: Aviation and the environment Breakout
07:00 - 14:00 Working Group 08: Climate change – The future of transport Breakout
07:00 - 16:00 Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young people Breakout
08:00 - 13:00 Special Event: From the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe to the Regional Cooperation Council – A New Momentum for the Western Balkans’ Perspective in Higher Education and Research? Breakout
08:00 - 14:00 Working Group 11: Energy efficiency – Recognizing opportunities, utilizing potentials Breakout
14:30 - 15:15 The frontiers of science, part I Plenary
15:15 - 16:30 Global competition for global talents Plenary
18:00 - 19:30 Information and communications infrastructures – The nerve centres of modern societies Plenary


08:00 - 08:30 Science education for a science-driven society Plenary
08:30 - 09:15 The frontiers of science, part II Plenary
09:15 - 09:45 The future of the environment and agriculture Plenary
10:00 - 10:15 Junior Alpbach and Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach 2008 Plenary
10:15 - 11:15 Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel prize Plenary
11:15 - 12:00 Snack reception, hosted by AVL List GmbH Social