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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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08:00 - 10:30Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
11:00 - 11:20Opening by the European Forum AlpbachPlenary
11:20 - 12:00Plenary sessionPlenary
12:00 - 12:30Plenary sessionPlenary
13:00 - 13:45Ethics of sciencePlenary
13:45 - 14:30Stem cellsPlenary
15:00 - 16:00Politics and science – Advice through sciencePlenary
18:00 - 19:30BionicsPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent Austria AGSocial


07:00 - 14:00Working Group 01: From basic research to economic valueBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 02: Research integrity in scienceBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 03: The myths of life sciences and their consequencesBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 04: Aviation and the environmentBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 05: Think Tanks in AustriaBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 06: Gender mainstreaming in science and development. Perceive realities and decide visionarilyBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 07: Success factor human resources – Regions in competitionBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 08: Climate change – The future of transportBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 09: The governance of applied research: responsibilities, independence and resourcesBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 10: Digital healthcareBreakout
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and technology for kidsBreakout
08:00 - 14:00Working Group 11: Energy efficiency – Recognizing opportunities, utilizing potentialsBreakout
08:00 - 13:00Special 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
14:30 - 15:15The frontiers of science, part IPlenary
15:15 - 16:30Global competition for global talentsPlenary
18:00 - 19:30Information and communications infrastructures – The nerve centres of modern societiesPlenary


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