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05: Values in Science

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Basic or curiosity-driven scientific research is mostly done at academic institutions by faculty members and their students, and its traditional aim is to advance human know-how in all natural sciences. Scientists at “for profit” organizations mostly conduct applied research. In recent years, academic scientists are under pressure to focus their research on “relevant” issues which are important for society and for the respective national economy. This trend is causing academic investigators to engage in problem-solving topics or profit/product oriented research. The recent financial crisis and growing media coverage on some of the dubious practices, in terms of human and resource management, of various globally operating firms are endangering the economic and business values which are derived from scientific research. This seminar provides an opportunity to look into the causes for these changes, the effects they are having in the USA, Europe, Asia and other countries and to discuss ways of how to improve the ability of industries and governments to promote and incorporate innovative early-stage scientific projects from academia for the economic benefit of society at large.

1. Curiosity-Driven Research in Academia. Do Scientists Have the Freedom to Change Topics?
2. Scientific Values Obtained from Basic Academic Research Versus Applied Research
3. Driving Forces and Incentives in Academic Research and for Scientists in Industry
4. Academia-Industry-Investor-Government Policies and Management of Scientific Research
5. Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, the “Death Valley”, Translational Science

Conclusion: How to improve the contributions of basic research to industry and the world economy without causing damage to academic culture and ethics.

Head, Institute for Analytical Chemistry and Radio Chemistry and Director, ADSI - Austrian Drug Screening Institute, Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck
Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Chemistry and Former Vice President for Technology Transfer, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot

Mag. Dr. Günther BONN

Head, Institute for Analytical Chemistry and Radio Chemistry and Director, ADSI - Austrian Drug Screening Institute, Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck

Elementary School, Innsbruck High School, Innsbruck Study of Chemistry at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck Teachership-Exam in Chemistry and Physics - Graduation "Master of Natural Sciences" Thesis at the Institute of Radiochemistry, University of Innsbruck "Hydrothermal Degradation of Glucose, Cellobiose and Cellulose" Contract Assistant at the Institute for Radiochemistry University of Innsbruck Graduation to "Doktor der Philosophie" summa cum laude University Assistant at the Institute for Radiochemistry, University of Innsbruck Habilitation for Analytical Chemistry Vis.Professor at Yale University, Department of Chemical Engin. New Haven, CT, USA, Prof. Csaba Horvath Assistant Professor Full Professor for Analytical Chemistry at Johannes-Kepler-University of Linz, Austria and Head at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Johannes-Kepler-University of Linz Full Professor for Analytical Chemistry - Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck Head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry Member of the FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Vienna Vice President - Austrian Council for Science and Research Development, Vienna Member of the Board of the Medical University, Innsbruck
since 1995
since 2004


Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Chemistry and Former Vice President for Technology Transfer, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot

M.Sc. Polymer Chemistry, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Ph.D. Biochemistry of Bacterial Cell Walls, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel Post Doctorate, Tufts University Medical School, Boston, USA Faculty Member, Department of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science Visiting Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute, Tuebingen Associate Professor with tenure University of California, Berkeley Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Full Professor, Weizmann Institute Besen-Brender Chair of Microbiology and Parasitology, Department of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science Fogarty Scholar, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD Chairman of the Board of Directors, Yeda Research and Development Co. Ltd. Member Board of Directors, News Datacom Corp., Jerusalem, Israel Member Board of Directors, Weizmann Technological Incubator Company Vice President for Technology Transfer, Weizmann Institute of Science Member of Board of Directors, XTL Biotechnology, Rehovot, Israel Member of Board of Directors of Portman Pharmaceuticals, Rehovot, Israel Dean, Faculty of Biochemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science President, Israel Society for Microbiology President of Scientific Council, Conseil I.Pasteur-Weizmann I.
 *1938 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Immigrated to Israel 1949
since 1970

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013Plenary
15:15 - 15:30Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of “The Light of Experience”Plenary
15:30 - 16:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
17:00 - 17:30Opening Concert Part IIPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary


Seminar 01: New Approaches to Security – Cooperation, Concentration and IntegrationSeminar
Seminar 02: Open Data, Open Government, Open Society?Seminar
Seminar 03: Democratic Interventionism or Responsibility to Protect?Seminar
Seminar 04: Motivation – A Biological and Social BaseSeminar
Seminar 05: Values in ScienceSeminar
Seminar 06: Exploring the Universe: Competition or Cooperation?Seminar
Seminar 07: Between Faith and Atheism – Values and the Variety of Spiritual ExperiencesSeminar
Seminar 08: The Evil in ArtSeminar
Seminar 09: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Protecting and Developing an Open SocietySeminar
Seminar 10: Power and CyberspaceSeminar
Seminar 11: What Kind of Foreign Policy – Value-Based or Realpolitik?Seminar
Seminar 12: Human Appropriation of Natural Resources  Challenges, Constraints and Ethical AspectsSeminar
Seminar 13: Synthetic Biology: Social and Ethical ImplicationsSeminar
Seminar 14: Roots of European ValuesSeminar
Seminar 15: Irrational Behaviour of Individuals: Implications for Economic PolicySeminar
Seminar 16: Experiences in Migration and Integration: A Cultural ApproachSeminar


18:00 - 20:00International EveningCulture


BarCamp: TransformationsSeminar


16:00 - 17:30Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its ValuesCulture