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02: Future Technology-Hotspots – Does Europe Stand a Chance?

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We live in a multipolar world. Asia is considerably gaining importance. Hong Kong, Singapore and China have further increased their economic attractiveness and innovation dynamics. The U.S. is also pushing re-industrialisation. Europe is facing an ever-increasing competition for highly qualified talents, research institutions and innovative enterprises.

How do Europe’s leading innovative enterprises cope with these challenges? How can they keep key R&D competences in Europe and which factors will help them to do so?


Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.; Member, ERA Council Forum Austria; Cambridge Abstract
A nation's economy is changing at unprecedented speeds. New sectors are evolving, old sectors are being restructured and some parts of our economy are disappearing altogether.
We are witnessing a race between nations to be the first to implement scientific and commercial breakthroughs to benefit from the first mover advantage which sometimes can make the difference between success and failure.
Britain has adopted a new set of intermediate institutes between university and industry called Catapults to help with this problem. There are now 7 Catapults in operation and it is likely that more will be added. They cover a wide range of sectors:
High value manufacturing, satellite systems, transport, cell therapies, digital economy, future cities, and offshore renewable energy.
The Royal Society has also started an initiative with a standing committee on Science Industry and Translation (SIT) to address the issue of making scientific breakthroughs work for the economy.
The talk will describe the origin of these initiative and a review of the progress of the catapults in the context of the UK economy and what can be learnt from these experiences for Austria.
Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach
Head, Intellectual Asset & Innovation Partnership Management, Nestec Ltd., Vevey
Head of Corporate Technology Central Eastern Europe (CEE), Siemens AG Österreich, Vienna
Vice President Human Resources Global, Baxter BioScience, Baxter International Inc., Deerfield
Chief Executive Officer, Lenzing AG, Lenzing
Deputy Director General, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna Chair
Head, Department of Research, Technology and Innovation, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna Coordination

Dr. Hermann HAUSER

Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.; Member, ERA Council Forum Austria; Cambridge

1973 MA in Physics, University of Vienna
1977 Ph.D. in Physics, King's College, Cambridge University
1978-1984 Co-founder (later Chairman); Lead, Research and Development team (BBC micro); Head, team ARM micro processor; Acorn Computers, Cambridge
1986 Vice President Research, Olivetti, Ivrea, Italy
1986 Founder Director, Harlequin, Cambridge
1987 Helped with formation, a joint venture between Acorn and Apple Computers, ARM Ltd, Cambridge
1988 Founder, Active Book Company, Cambridge
1991 Co-Chairman and Chief Technology Officer - acquired Active Book Company, EO Incorporated, Mountain View, California
1992 Founder Director, Vocalis, Cambridge
1993 Founder and Chairman, Advanced Telecommunications Modules Ltd, Cambridge (changed name to Virata Corporation and merged with Globespan in 2003 and Conexant in 2004)
1993 Founder Director, joint venture with E*Trade US. Sold to E*Trade US in 2000, Electronic Share Information Ltd, Cambridge
1993 Founder Director - Acquired by CDT, Advanced Displays Ltd, Cambridge
1993 Founder Director, SynGenix, Cambridge
1996 Founder, NetChannel, San Francisco, California (sold to AOL in 1998)
since 1997 Co-founder and Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners Limited
1998 Co-founder, Cambridge Network Ltd, Cambridge


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


Head, Intellectual Asset & Innovation Partnership Management, Nestec Ltd., Vevey

1995 Diploma in Physics, University of Cologne
1999 PhD in Geophysics, ETH Zurich
1995-1999 Researcher, Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zurich
1999-2003 Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
 Today Vice-President, Head of Intellectual Asset & Innovation Partnership Management, based at Nestlé s international headquarters, Vevey
since 2003 Various positions at Nestlé, Vevey, among others Head of Innovation Acceleration Team

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Gerald MURAUER

Head of Corporate Technology Central Eastern Europe (CEE), Siemens AG Österreich, Vienna

1994-1999 TU Wien Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen, Dipl.-Ing. Industrie-Finanzierung Industrielle Betriebswirtschaftslehre Material Science
1999-2001 Studium TU Wien Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen, Dr. Dissertation: Unternehmensgründungen durch Venture Capital
2001-2002 Berater, Boston Consulting Group
2002-2005 Stv. Geschäftsführer, Wiener Wissenschafts- und Technologiefonds
2005-2007 Unternehmersgründer, Murauer & Partner
2007-2012 Managing Director, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (I.S.T. Austria)


Chief Executive Officer, Lenzing AG, Lenzing

1980-1985 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
1980-1985 Studium der Betriebswirtschaftlehre, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
1985 Assistent des Finanzvorstandes, Lenzing AG, Lenzing
1985 Controller, Papierfabrik Lenzing AG, Lenzing
1986 Marketing Manager, Papierfabrik Lenzing AG, Lenzing
1988 Export Manager, Papierfabrik Lenzing AG, Lenzing
1990 Verkaufsleiter Export, Papierfabrik Lenzing AG, Lenzing
1992 Projektleitung, Zellstoff Lenzing Gruppe, Lenzing AG, Lenzing
1994 Kaufmännischer Vorstand, South Pacific Viscose, Purwakarta, Indonesien
1998 Generaldirektor, South Pacific, Viscose, Purwakarta, Indonesien
1999-2008 Finanzvorstand, Lenzing Gruppe, Lenzing AG, Lenzing
seit 2009 Vorsitzender des Vorstandes, Lenzing AG, Lenzing

Ing. Mag. Peter KOREN

Deputy Director General, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna

1988 Landwirtschaftlich/technische Matura mit Auszeichnung
1988-1995 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
1995-1996 Stage, Generaldirektion Landwirtschaft, Europäische Kommission, Abteilung Agrarrecht, Brüssel
1996-1997 Trainee, Industriellenvereinigung (IV): Österreichischer Raiffeisenverband, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
1997-2000 Ministersekretär, Kabinett des Bundesministers für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
2001-2003 Beauftragter des Konzern-Vorstandes, Österreichische Elektrizitätswirtschafts AG (Verbundgesellschaft)
seit 2004 Vize-Generalsekretär, Industriellenvereinigung
2015 Executive Certificates in Strategy and Innovation, Leadership and Management, MIT, Boston, USA


Head, Department of Research, Technology and Innovation, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna

1991-1997 Studium der Betriebswirtschaft, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
1998 Referentin, Ministerium für Auswärtige Angelegenheit, Sektion III Wirtschaftspolitische Integration, Abteilung III.6 Umwelt und Energie
1999-2000 Expertin, Industriellenvereinigung, Büro Brüssel
2000-2005 Projektleiterin und Expertin, Bereich Industriepolitik, Industriellenvereinigung, Wien
2006-2013 Projektleiterin und Expertin, Bereich Industriepolitik und im Bereich Internationale Angelegenheiten, Industriellenvereinigung, Wien
2013-2016 Stellvertretende Bereichsleiterin Innovation & Technologie, Bereich Ressourcen & Infrastruktur, Innovation & Technologie, Industriellenvereinigung, Wien
seit 2016 Bereichsleiterin Forschung, Technologie & Innovation; Industriellenvereinigung, Wien

Technology Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Technology BrunchSocial
13:00 - 13:10Opening of the Alpbach Technology Symposium 2014Plenary
13:10 - 14:00RTI Policy at the CrossroadsPlenary
14:00 - 15:45Industry 4.0 - The Next Industrial Revolution?Plenary
16:15 - 17:45Stanford, this Year's Special Guest at the Technology Symposium: Innovation and the Culture of FailurePlenary
20:00 - 21:30Us and Our Brains - Neuroscience at the CrossroadsPlenary
21:45 - 23:00Career LoungeSocial
21:45 - 23:00Evening ReceptionSocial


09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 01: Technology - Global Market: Austrian Technologies for the Global MarketBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 02: Future Technology-Hotspots - Does Europe Stand a Chance?Breakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 03: The Challenge of Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for Successful CopingBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 04: Agile and Robust Supply Chains - How to Manage Volatility Across Your BusinessBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 05: Bioenergy - The Way to the Future or a Dead End?Breakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 06: The Cost of the City of the Future - Socio-Economic Aspects of Smart CitiesBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 07: Smart Energy: Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Energy TransitionBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 08: Science in Society - How to Overcome a DisjunctureBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 09: IP Strategies in Enterprises: Challenges for IP Management and Innovation PolicyBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 10: How to Finance Research - Publicly or Privately? New Models for a Globalised WorldBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 11: Innovations in Acoustics: Future Trends in Industry and Modern LifeBreakout
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
16:00 - 16:45Digital UniversityPlenary
16:45 - 18:15Open Science - The Place of and for People in Our KnowledgePlenary
18:30 - 20:00Cities at the CrossroadsPlenary
20:00 - 22:00Urban Innovators Challenge - The Future of CitiesPartner


09:00 - 10:30Complexity Science - IPlenary
10:30 - 11:15Complexity Science - IIPlenary
11:45 - 13:15Innovation at the Art Science InterfacePlenary
13:15 - 13:30Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology SymposiumPlenary
13:30 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial