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Technology Forum


For 26 years, the Alpbach Technology Forum has been taking place as an independent event within the European Forum Alpbach and has become an important trademark in Austrian technology politics.

The current financial and economic crisis is also reflected in the topic of our Forum this year:  Trust in times of crisis - shaping the future will present various plenary sessions, eleven working groups and two special events. Three Austrian Federal Ministers, three Nobel Prize Laureates and top experts from Europe, Asia and the USA will again emphasise the importance of technology policies in the ambience of a romantic Alpine village.

Apart from the economic crisis there are other important topics at our event. A look at the past and one at the future as well as creativity and the  Year of Astronomy are further central topics. Junior Alpbach and the Ö1 Children s University have already become integral parts of the Technology Forum.

Increasing numbers of participants in the past few years confirm the successful  cross-over of research and development policy with other topics. Numerous sponsors support the Alpbach Technology Forum. Our special thanks go out to them.

Technology Forum

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Kategorie: all Breakout Plenary Social


08:00 - 10:30 Technology brunch of the Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung Social
11:00 - 11:10 Opening by the European Forum Alpbach Plenary
11:10 - 12:00 Welcome statements Plenary
12:00 - 14:00 Pathways out of the crisis – new perspectives through research and innovation? Plenary
14:30 - 16:00 The future of stem cell research Plenary
18:00 - 19:30 A look at the past – the secrets of our origin Plenary
19:30 - 21:30 Evening reception hosted by Forschung Austria in cooperation with GFF and BMVIT Social


07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 09: Trust in the future – investment in research Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 05: Infratech – a chance in crisis Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 11: E-Mobility Austria Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 06: Creativity – fuel for the knowledge society? Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 02: An international comparison of research, technology and innovation-policy (RTI) strategies Breakout
07:00 - 16:00 Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young people Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 03: “Sowing and harvesting” in bio(techno)logical research: From the atomic structure of proteins to the discovery of new drugs and their clinical application Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Technology Workshop: Trend radar of developments in society Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 08: Universities: responsibility for the future Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 04: Biomedical and pharmaceutical engineering – key technologies of the 21st century Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 01: Can we trust in feed and food? Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 07: Creative industries vs. old economy: where is the economy headed? Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and technology for kids Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 10: Digital Government – citizens and administration in a conflict area Breakout
08:00 - 13:00 Special Event: Positioning Austria in the international knowledge area Breakout
14:30 - 15:45 Creativity. How kids learn – learning like kids do? Plenary
16:15 - 18:00 Innovative research locations – regions in competition Plenary


07:30 - 08:45 Can we trust in science? Integrity in scientific research Plenary
08:45 - 09:30 The future of the universe – perspectives for astrophysics and cosmology Plenary
10:00 - 11:00 I-Brain – the technological evolution of the brain? Plenary
11:00 - 11:15 Closing statement Plenary
11:15 - 12:00 Snack reception Social