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Technology Symposium

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"At the Crossroads" stands as a metaphor for technology and research. With regard to science, innovation and technology, Europe currently finds itself at some crossroads where a number of critical basic decisions have to be taken in order to safeguard an economically, politically and socially stable future.

Research promotion and innovation policy are faced with new challenges and models in society. New ways of thinking along the lines of "Open Innovation" and ever faster communications and product cycles in the digital age pose a challenge for established models of innovation.

Numerous plenary sessions and twelve working groups will connect research, innovation and technology in an interdisciplinary dialogue with international experts. "Junior Alpbach" and "OE1 Children's University" will explore new ways of science education for future generations. The general topic "At the Crossroads" therefore provides the framework for the productive interaction between the fields of science, politics and industry in the context of innovation.

 
Time: August 21, 13:00 h to August 23, 14:00 h
Venue: Congress Centre Alpbach (Plenary Sessions), Hauptschule (Breakout Sessions)
Language: German and English (simultaneous translation of the Plenary Sessions)

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Technology Symposium

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21.08.2014

08:00 - 10:30 Technology Brunch Social
11:00 - 11:10 Opening of the Alpbach Technology Symposium 2014 Plenary
11:10 - 12:00 RTI Policy at the Crossroads Plenary
12:00 - 13:45 Industry 4.0 – The Next Industrial Revolution? Plenary
14:15 - 15:45 Stanford, this Year’s Special Guest at the Technology Symposium: Innovation and the Culture of Failure Plenary
18:00 - 19:30 Us and Our Brains – Neuroscience at the Crossroads Plenary
19:45 - 21:00 Evening Reception Social
19:45 - 21:00 Career Lounge Social

22.08.2014

07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 05: Bioenergy – The Way to the Future or a Dead End? Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 03: The Challenge of Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for Successful Coping Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 04: Agile and Robust Supply Chains – How to Manage Volatility Across Your Business Breakout
07:00 - 16:00 Junior Alpbach – Science and Technology for Young People Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 10: How to Finance Research – Publicly or Privately? New Models for a Globalised World Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for Kids Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 01: Technology – Global Market: Austrian Technologies for the Global Market Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 02: Future Technology-Hotspots – Does Europe Stand a Chance? Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 08: Science in Society – How to Overcome a Disjuncture Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 06: The Cost of the City of the Future – Socio-Economic Aspects of Smart Cities Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 11: Innovations in Acoustics: Future Trends in Industry and Modern Life Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 09: IP Strategies in Enterprises: Challenges for IP Management and Innovation Policy Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Breakout Session 07: Smart Energy: Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Energy Transition Breakout
14:00 - 14:45 Digital University Plenary
14:45 - 16:15 Open Science – The Place of and for People in Our Knowledge Plenary
16:30 - 18:00 Cities at the Crossroads Plenary
18:00 - 20:00 Urban Innovators Challenge – The Future of Cities Partner

23.08.2014

07:00 - 08:30 Complexity Science – I Plenary
08:30 - 09:15 Complexity Science – II Plenary
09:45 - 11:15 Innovation at the Art Science Interface Plenary
11:15 - 11:30 Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology Symposium Plenary
11:30 - 12:00 Snack Reception Social