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02: An international comparison of research, technology and innovation-policy (RTI) strategies

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In the past few years, debates about RTI-strategies have gained international importance. In most OECD countries, national RTI-relevant “policies” and specific “science and innovation strategies” have become indispensable. The target of this working group is to elaborate national RTI-strategies and their implementation in the respective political context and discuss them in an international comparison. Here it will be essential to also discuss the structures and stakeholders of RTI-governance.


Vorsitzender, Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung der Österreichischen Bundesregierung, Wien Abstract
Current Developments in the Austrian Innovation System
Austria has become a dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy over the last years. The most recent issue of the European Innovation Scoreboard gives high marks to Austria for innovation. Austria scored eighth in the overall ranking, placing it securely in the middle of the field alongside Luxembourg, Ireland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Since 2003, Austria has also shown the most dynamic performance among the EU-15 countries, with an upward tendency. Before the crisis, the year 2008 continued the very positive trend in research and development spending in Austria. Total expenditures for research and experimental development performed in Austria were more than 7.512 billion Euro in 2008. This has increased Austrian research and development spending by 8.1%, compared to the prior year. This results in an expected R&D share of 2.73% of the gross domestic product in 2009. This puts Austria's R&D rate ahead of both the EU member states' average and the comparable value among OECD member states.
However, there are still rather crucial fields that need to be optimised in order to further develop the national innovation system. This is clearly demonstrated by the results of the European Innovation Scoreboard. Austria shows clearly below-average values for important indicators within the category "innovation output": All respective indicators point towards the fact that the transformation from innovation input to innovation output has not convincingly succeeded yet. This means that Austria's input into the innovation system is relatively high in comparison to other innovative countries, while the output generated is below average. Thus, an increasing efficiency of the innovation system is a crucial issue for the future.

The Strategy 2020 - RTD in Austria
To support and expand the role of Austria as a place for research, technology and innovation a long-term national RTI strategy has been developed by the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development. The results of the Research Dialogue and the System Evaluation constitute an essential component of this strategy. The aim of our joint efforts is to improve the climate for research and innovation and their significance for the future of our society. The final results of the strategy will be presented in the course of this workshop. The Strategy 2020 is based on the following set of guiding principles:
- Sustainability and social relevance should become motifs of great importance for R&D
- Well educated and skilled people are the nucleus of a knowledge based society: Measures to enhance the educational system should be prioritised.
- Public money should increasingly be allocated on a competitive basis.
- Focus on strengths; poorly developing fields should be evaluated and thoroughly scrutinised.
- New structures and new themes should only be set up if in the medium term there are realistic chances to reach a leading position in specific scientific areas, to open up new markets or to satisfy societal demands.
- Especially in the context of governance, flexible structures have to be established in order to facilitate efficient reactions to future demands.
- Globalisation needs to be tackled by nationally defined strategies for internationalisation
- Transparency and participation, reflecting responsibility against the society, should become principles of tomorrow's policy
Chairman, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin; Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, Vienna Abstract
Due to the magnitude and spread of the changes facing Ireland currently a long term vision and leadership is seen to be required. To build a competitive and sustainable enterprise base are seen as essential to provide increases in prosperity and employment Science technology and innovation is seen as a key player To achieve this vision Ireland believes that difficult decisions must be taken and a strong need to have a competitive operating environment.

In terms of expenditure Ireland has a number of strengths that will underpin future growth such as a young and well educated population with increasing levels of innovation and research activity a modern and highly productive internationally trading enterprise base. Ireland is one of the most open economies in the world and is attractive for international investment. The forces of change, the global trends and the potential scenarios that will determine Ireland's future are already underway

A number of challenges present themselves: managing the potential conflicts between economic policy, environmental concerns and resource prioritisation issues; connecting policy and decision makers more effectively; and planning our spatial development and prioritising investment decisions.

As part of a long term enterprise strategy Ireland must continue to retain a competitive advantage in a more developed and higher income economy .There is a need to renew policy for enterprise development ensuring that current enterprise strategies are appropriate in areas such as ICT services, financial services, food and agribusiness as well as building new advantages in digital media, cleantech, and the convergence of bio,ICT and nano sciences

Strategic policy requirements for education and science entails developing and integrated approach to education and training policy and delivery; to benchmark OECD countries and encourage the development of softer skills The strategy for innovation and research requires to optimise research excellence and associated economic impacts and in the area of communication technologies ensure universal access to high speed wireless and hard wired communication capacity. Strategic policy in the area of energy should include the development of a range of energy options whilst the environment and climate change policy will impinge on infrastructural decisions

It is planned to review current governance structures and the nature of executive power at each level of public administration in Ireland to ensure we invest in an efficient manner for the future.
Commercial Counsellor, Innovation Department, Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Helsinki
Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach
Scientific Director, Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (ITME), Warsaw Abstract
The actual situation of research and development in Poland will be reviewed. Research governance and financing systems will be described.
The R&D strategy the R&D programme with determined priority Research Areas:
"Society in the process of accelerated and equilibrated development"
"Health" "Energy and Infrastructure"
"Advanced Technologies""Agriculture and Environment"
Consultant, Centre for Research Policy, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, Copenhagen
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, cbased, Vienna Chair
Managing Director, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, Vienna Coordination

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dr.h.c. Knut CONSEMÜLLER

Vorsitzender, Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung der Österreichischen Bundesregierung, Wien

1961-1966 Student der Eisenhüttenkunde, Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH), Abschluss: Dipl.-Ing.
  Zur gleichen Zeit Student des Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Aufbaustudiums, RWTH Aachen und Uni-Köln, Abschluss: Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing.
1966-1969 Doktorand und wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Eisenhüttenkunde-Institut, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Abschluss: Dr.-Ing.
1969-1989 Beschäftigt in Firmen des Hoesch-Konzerns (später Estel-Hoesch-Hoogovens NV) in Dortmund (D) und Nimwegen (NL)
seit 1980 Technisches Vorstandsmitglied, Hoesch Stahl AG
1976-1984 Mitglied, Technologie-Beirat des Bundesminister für Forschung und Technologie, Bonn (D)
1980-1989 Mitglied, Vorstände der technischen und wissenschaftlichen berufsständischen Verbände und Vereinigungen
1989-1991 Direktor, Strategie- und Technologieplanung, VA Stahl AG, Linz (A)
1991 Bestellung zum Vorstandsmitglied, Böhler-Uddeholm AG
1997 Erlangung der Österreichischen Staatsbürgerschaft
2000 Ernennung zum Vorsitzenden, Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung der Österreichischen Bundesregierung
2001-2005 Vorsitzender, Eisenhütte Österreich/ASMET
2005 Wiederwahl zum Vorsitzenden, Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung der Österreichischen Bundesregierung

Dr. Dervilla DONNELLY

Chairman, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin; Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, Vienna

1948-1954 Studied Chemistry at the University College Dublin, National University of Ireland
1955-1956 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles
1956-1978 Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University College Dublin
1971 Research Fellow: Kunglia Tekniska Högskolän, Stockholm, Sweden
1978-1980 Leader of the delegation to the CSCE meetings in Bonn and Hamburg to promote security and co-operation in Europe
1978-1983 Member of the National Board for Science and Technology (NBST)
1979-1996 Professor of Phytochemistry, University College Dublin
1982-1984 President of the Phytochemical Society of Europe
1984 Irish representative on the EEC Committee for Training in Science and Technology (ACPM-STT)
1985-1990 Chairman, European Science Research Councils, (ESRC)
1989-1992 Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors and Guardians of the National Gallery of Ireland
1989-1992 President of the Royal Dublin Society
1990-1991 Senior Vice-President, Royal Irish Academy
1994 Chairman, National Education Convention
1994-1996 President, Institute of Chemistry of Ireland
1997-1999 Council Member, Royal Society of Chemistry
1997-1998 Senior Vice-President, Royal Irish Academy
1998-2000 Vice-President and Member of the Executive Council of the European Science Foundation
1998 Chairman, INTAS Evaluation group
1998 Chairman, INCO 5 year evaluation
1998 Chairman, Evaluation Committee OECD Programme "Megascience Forum"
2001-2005 Chairman, Commission for Assisted Human Reproduction
2005 Member of the Board of National Museum of Ireland and Chair of the Audit Committee
2006 Member of Council Royal Irish Academy


Commercial Counsellor, Innovation Department, Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Helsinki

 Main tasks: promotion of scientific and technological cooperation, exports and internationalisation, eBusiness.
since 1984 Various posts in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, including total of three years in Embassies of Finland in Seoul, Tokyo and Brasília and four years as a seconded national expert in the Delegation of the European Commmission in Japan.
since 2008 User and demand driven innovation, information society issues.


Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach

1990 Forscherin, Dissertantin und Post Doctoral Research bei Immuno AG
1996 Referatsleiterin und stv. Direktorin des BIT-Büros für Internationale Forschungs- und Technologiekooperation
2003 Praktika bei der U.S. National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science und Kooperation mit dem Wissenschaftsberater im U.S. Department of State, Washington DC
2003 Vizerektorin für Forschungsmanagement und Internationale Kooperationen an der Medizinischen Universität Graz
2006 Bereichsleiterin Europäische und Internationale Programme der FFG - Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft, Wien
2010 Fulbright Scholar an der George Washington University und Johns Hopkins University/School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC
2011 Vorstandsmitglied der Infineon Technologies Austria AG
seit 2012 Vorstand für Technik und Innovation der Infineon Technologies Austria AG
seit 2014 Vorstandsvorsitzende der Infineon Technologies Austria AG

Dr. Andrzej JELENSKI

Scientific Director, Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (ITME), Warsaw

1956 Assistant in Radio Navigation Chair of Communication Faculty, Gdansk Technical University
1960-1963 Assistant at the University of Paris
1964-1969 Engaged in research on quantum electronic devices in the Institute of Fundamental Technical Problems of the Polish Academy of Science
1970-1971 Guest Researcher at Chalmers University in Goteborg, Sweden. For the work on development of new materials for low noise microwave masers I obtained the title of Docent of Chalmers University.
1970-1988 Worked in the Institute of Electron Technology (ITE), Warsaw, on measurements and modelling of microwave semiconductor devices.
1984-1985 Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachussets, Amherst teaching and studying noise generation mechanisms in microwave semiconductor devices.
1989-1991 "Robert Bosch" Visiting Professor in Hannover Universities and coordinated a research project on diodes for submillimeter waves realised by four German Universities.
 My current research interests are the design, characterization and noise analysis of microwave, submillimeter and optical semiconductor devices, circuits and microsystems and research on new materials for Microwave- and Opto-electronics. I have coordinated national and international scientific projects executed by several R/D institutions.
since 1988 Professor and Scientific Director in the Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (ITME), Warsaw

Dr. Hannes LEO

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, cbased, Vienna

1992 Ph.D., Business Economics and Economics of Trade, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna
1990-2007 Researcher, Deputy Director, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, WIFO, Vienna
2008 Director, IZA - Institute for the Study of Labour, Bonn
2008-2012 Director, leoon Consulting, Vienna / Brussels
since 2010 Chief Executive Officer, cbased GmbH, Vienna

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. MBA Ludovit GARZIK

Managing Director, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, Vienna

1996 Master of Science (Geodesy), Technical University of Vienna
1996-1999 Technical Project Manager, Civil Engineering Office Vienna
1999-2000 Head of Customer Relations Management (CRM), dGPS DatenverbreitungsgesmbH
2000 Postgraduate Technical Business, DWT, Postgraduate Studies at the Technical University of Vienna
2000-2004 Head of GALILEO Contact Point Austria / Satellite Navigation, Austrian Space Agency
  6th Framework Programme; GALILEO Security Board, European Commission (EC); Programme Board Navigation,
  European Space Agency (ESA); ESA Security Commity, European Space Agency (ESA)
2000-2005 Delegate to Boards: GALILEO Supervisory Board, European Commission (EC); Permanent Expert Space, AeroSpace,
2001 Master of Business Administration (General Management), Postgraduate Studies at the Danube University Krems
2002 Dr. (Marketing), Vienna University for Economics and Business Administration
2004-2005 Staff Unit for the Managing Board, Austrian Research Promotion Agency
since 2005 Managing Director, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development

Technology Forum

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Technology brunch of the Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:10Opening by the European Forum AlpbachPlenary
13:10 - 14:00Welcome statementsPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Pathways out of the crisis - new perspectives through research and innovation?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00The future of stem cell researchPlenary
20:00 - 21:30A look at the past - the secrets of our originPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Evening reception hosted by Forschung Austria in cooperation with GFF and BMVITSocial


09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Technology Workshop: Trend radar of developments in societyBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 01: Can we trust in feed and food?Breakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 02: An international comparison of research, technology and innovation-policy (RTI) strategiesBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working 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 applicationBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 04: Biomedical and pharmaceutical engineering - key technologies of the 21st centuryBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 05: Infratech - a chance in crisisBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 06: Creativity - fuel for the knowledge society?Breakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 07: Creative industries vs. old economy: where is the economy headed?Breakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 08: Universities: responsibility for the futureBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 09: Trust in the future - investment in researchBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 10: Digital Government - citizens and administration in a conflict areaBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 11: E-Mobility AustriaBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and technology for kidsBreakout
10:00 - 15:00Special Event: Positioning Austria in the international knowledge areaBreakout
16:30 - 17:45Creativity. How kids learn - learning like kids do?Plenary
18:15 - 20:00Innovative research locations - regions in competitionPlenary


09:30 - 10:45Can we trust in science? Integrity in scientific researchPlenary
10:45 - 11:30The future of the universe - perspectives for astrophysics and cosmologyPlenary
12:00 - 13:00I-Brain - the technological evolution of the brain?Plenary
13:00 - 13:15Closing statementPlenary
13:15 - 14:00Snack receptionSocial