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04: Convergence and Excellence in Science

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Working Group
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Excellence in human potential forms the basis for top-level research in science and for innovatory forces in industry. This working group will deal with the framework conditions and the possibilities to create and to promote this potential in Austria. Based on international concepts, we will first elaborate the success factors for scientific careers as well as for successful cooperation between science and industry. In this context, the targeted promotion of scientific careers encompassing all different career opportunities will be at the centre of our discussions. Internationally renowned “good practice”-models like the career planning model of the German Research Foundation (DFG) or the UK GRAD Programme will also serve as reference points. The attractiveness of research careers goes hand in hand with a strengthening of the national knowledge base.

Associate Professor and Deputy Executive Director, Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering (NGS), National University of Singapore
Senior Economist, Science and Technology Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris
Professor, Institute of Forest Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna; General Manager, OeAD - Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research; President, Austrian Association for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Vienna
Geschäftsführer, Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, Leoben
Forschungsleiter, Böhler Edelstahl GmbH, Kapfenberg
Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; Chair, ERA Council Forum Austria, Vienna
Wissenschaftsattaché, Leiter des Offices of Science & Technology, Österreichische Botschaft Washington
Professor and Head, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna; President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Direktor der Organisationseinheit Perspektiven der Forschung, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V., Bonn
Rektor, Montanuniversität Leoben
Rector, University of Vienna
Head, Institute for Analytical Chemistry and Radio Chemistry and Director, ADSI - Austrian Drug Screening Institute, Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck Comment
Managing Director, Austrian Science Fund, Vienna Comment
Collaborator, Research Group Technology, Innovation and Policy Consulting, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz Comment
Director General, Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Vienna Chair
Abteilung VI.7 Internationalisierung der Universitäten und Fachhochschulen sowie Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses, Bundesministerin für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, Wien Coordination

M. Phil., M.Sc., BA Hons. Justine BURLEY

Associate Professor and Deputy Executive Director, Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering (NGS), National University of Singapore

 Post-graduate degrees in both political philosophy, and in neuroscience from the University of Oxford
1993-2002 Lecturership at the University of Oxford
1998-2002 Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester

MA Mario CERVANTES

Senior Economist, Science and Technology Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris

 Mario Cervantes is senior economist/principal administrator at the OECD's Science and Technology Policy Division. In particular he is responsible for the Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP). With more than 15 years experience in innovation policy, Mr. Cervantes has written on a range of topics from industry-science relations, human resources in S&T, technology incubators, university patenting and licensing, open innovation and globalisation and more recently on innovation for social challenges. Current activities include the study of the changing nature of innovation and the policy implications as well as work on demand-side policies for innovation.
 
 A graduate of Columbia University (MA - international economics), the University of California at Santa Barbara (BA economics and political science) and the Institut d' Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Mr. Cervantes has also studied at the Berkman Center, Harvard Law School where he obtained a certificate in internet law, and was a Sloan Fellow in public policy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to joining OECD, Mr. Cervantes worked as a researcher at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (C.I.T.I) at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York.

Dr. Dr. h.c. Hubert DÜRRSTEIN

Professor, Institute of Forest Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna; General Manager, OeAD - Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research; President, Austrian Association for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Vienna

1981-1989 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent am Lehrstuhl für forstliche Arbeitswissenschaft und Verfahrenstechnik an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
1989-1999 Leitender Mitarbeiter und Mitinhaber (ab 1993) im Beratungsbüro DENDRON AG für Forstwesen und Raumplanung, Muntelier, Schweiz
seit 1999 Ordinarius für Forstliches Ingenieurwesen und Waldarbeit an der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
1999-2001 Vorstand des Instituts für alpine Naturgefahren und forstliches Ingenieurwesen der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
2000-2001 Vorsitzender des Fachsenats Wald- und Holzwissenschaften
2001-2003 Vizerektor für Ressourcen, Universität für Bodenkultur; Stellvertreter des Rektors nach UOG 1993
2003-2007 Rektor der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
seit 2009 Geschäftsführer der OeAD-GmbH - Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education & Research

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont. Reinhold EBNER

Geschäftsführer, Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, Leoben

 Studium Metallurgie an der Montanuniversität
 Assistent am Institut für Metallkunde und Werkstoffprüfung der Montanuniversität Leoben, dazwischen verschiedene Forschungsaufenthalte im Ausland
 Habilitation auf dem Gebiet Werkstoffkunde und Prüfung der Metalle
 Geschäftsführer der Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH

Dipl.-Ing. Hubert LENGER

Forschungsleiter, Böhler Edelstahl GmbH, Kapfenberg

1968-1973 HTBL-Kapfenberg, Fachrichtung Maschinenbau/Reifeprüfung am 28.6.73
1974-1976 Weinzetl & Hinssen GmbH mit befristeten Leasingverträgen MBB/Hamburg, Raffinierie Ingolstadt, Werft Lübeck, Siemens Ditzingen
1980-1981 Weinzetl & Hinssen GmbH, mit befristeten Leasingverträgen PHB/BMW Dingolfingen, Werft Blom & Voss/Hamburg
1984 Diplomprüfung der Studienrichtung Werkstoffwissenschaften/Montanuniversität Leoben
1985-1987 VEW/Techniker in der Abteilung "Technologie, Werkzeugs- und Schnellarbeitsstähle (mm BEG)
1991-1993 Böhler Edelstahl GmbH/Leitungsverantwortung für die Abteilungen Betriebsmetallurgie, Schmiedestreckstahl und Betriebsmetallurgie Walzlinie
seit 1994 Böhler Edelstahl GmbH/Leitungsverantwortung für den Bereich Forschung, Entwicklung, Qualitätswesen

Dr. Ph.D. Helga NOWOTNY

Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; Chair, ERA Council Forum Austria, Vienna

1959 Doctorate in Jurisprudence, University of Vienna
1969 Ph.D. in Sociology, Columbia University, New York
1996-2002 Professor of Philosophy and Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich
  Teaching and Research Positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Vienna; King's College, Cambridge; University of Bielefeld; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; Ecole des Hautes Etudes et Sciences Sociales, Paris; Science Center for Social Sciences, Berlin; Collegium Budapest
1998-2004 Director, "Collegium Helveticum", ETH Zurich
2001-2006 Chair, EURAB - European Research Advisory Board of the European Commission
2002-2004 Director, Branco Weiss Fellowship Programme "Society in Science"
2005-2011 Chair, Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna
2007-2010 Vice-President ERC - European Research Council
2010-2013 President, ERC - European Research Council
  Professor em., Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich

Mag. Dr. Philipp STEGER

Wissenschaftsattaché, Leiter des Offices of Science & Technology, Österreichische Botschaft Washington

1991-1996 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften (Graz, Salzburg, Neapel, Trieste)
zuerst Studium der Anglistik und Romanistik, dann Studium Dolmetscher und Übersetzer (Salzburg, Graz, Trieste)
1992-1995 Juristischer Mitarbeiter, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Dr. Reinhard Steger & Partner, St. Johann i. P.
1995 Juristischer Mitarbeiter, Studio Legale Volli, Trieste
1996-1998 Forschungsaufenthalt an der Universität Krakau im Rahmen der politikwissenschaftlichen Dissertation
1998-1999 Junior Visiting Fellow, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Wien
1999 Promotion zum Dr. iur an der Universität Innsbruck
1999-2000 Referent im Büro des Bundesministers, Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft & Verkehr
seit 2000 Attaché für Wissenschaft & Technologie und Direktor des Office of Science & Technology, Österreichische Botschaft in den USA, Washington, D.C.
seit 2004 als Attaché für Wissenschaft & Technologie an der Österreichischen Botschaft in Ottawa, Kanada, mitakkreditiert

Mag. DDr. Stefan THURNER

Professor and Head, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna; President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna

1993 Magister rer.nat. (MS in Theoretical Physics), University of Vienna (honors)
1995 Dr.techn. (PhD in Theoretical Physics), Vienna University of Technology (honors)
, 1996 Guest Researcher, Columbia University, New York
1996 Postdoctoral Position, Humboldt University, Berlin
1996-1997 Research Associate, Boston University, Boston
1998-1999 Postdoctoral Position, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
1999-2001 Tenure track position (Universitätsassistent), University of Vienna
2001 Dr.rer.soc.oec. (PhD in Financial Economics), University of Vienna (honors)
Habilitation (Theoretical Physics), Vienna University of Technology
2001-2004 Associate Professor (a.o. Universitätsprofessor, tenure), University of Vienna
2004-2009 Associate Professor, Medical University Vienna
2007 Fellow, Collegium Budapest
since 2007 External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
since 2009 Full Professor for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University Vienna
since 2010 Senior Researcher, IIASA, Laxenburg
since 2015 Visiting Professor Nanyang Technologica University, Singapur
President of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna
2017 Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford

Dr. Jeroen VERSCHRAGEN

Direktor der Organisationseinheit Perspektiven der Forschung, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V., Bonn

1989-1994 studied law at the University of Heidelberg, concentrating on Public law. philosophy of law and Anglo-American law
1994-1997 worked as a teaching assistant at Heidelberg University, doctoral thesis about the theory of state by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1997-1999 time under articles; second state examination
1999-2001 working as an author: Biography of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
since 2001 DFG, CEOs' Staff, since 2002 Director Strategic Planning

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Wolfhard WEGSCHEIDER

Rektor, Montanuniversität Leoben

1974 Dipl.-Ing. für Technische Chemie
1976 Doktor an der Technischen Wissenschaften
1977 - 1978 Fulbright Stipendiat an der University of Denver
1980 Habilitation an der TU Graz für Analytische Chemie
1989 Assistenzprofessor an der TU Graz
1990 Visiting Scientist bei Philip Morris, Richmond, USA
seit 1994 Professor für Allgemeine und Analytische Chemie
1995-2001 Studiendekan der Montanuniversität Leoben
seit 2003 Rektor der Montanuniversität Leoben

Dr. Georg WINCKLER

Rector, University of Vienna

 Studies at Princeton University and the University of Vienna
1968 Promotion Dr. rer. pol.
since 1978 Full Professor of Economics, University of Vienna; several appointments as Visiting Professor (i.a. Georgetown University, USA)
since 1999 Rector of the University of Vienna (re-elected 2003 and 2007)
2000-2005 President of the Austrian Rectors' Conference (re-elected 2001 and 2004)
2001-2005 Vice-President and Member of the Board of the European University Association (EUA), Brussels-Geneva
2005-2009 President of the European University Association (EUA), Brussels-Geneva

Mag. Dr. Günther BONN

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

1960-1964 Elementary School, Innsbruck
1964-1972 High School, Innsbruck
1972 Study of Chemistry at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck
1977 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
1979 Graduation to "Doktor der Philosophie" summa cum laude
1983 University Assistant at the Institute for Radiochemistry, University of Innsbruck
1985 Habilitation for Analytical Chemistry
1988 Vis.Professor at Yale University, Department of Chemical Engin. New Haven, CT, USA, Prof. Csaba Horvath
1989 Assistant Professor
1991 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
1994 Full Professor for Analytical Chemistry - Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck
since 1995 Head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry
1996-2003 Member of the FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Vienna
2000-2010 Vice President - Austrian Council for Science and Research Development, Vienna
since 2004 Member of the Board of the Medical University, Innsbruck
since 2008 Vice President of the Board of the Medical University, Innsbruck

Dr. Gerhard KRATKY

Managing Director, Austrian Science Fund, Vienna

 School and University in Vienna, Austria. PhD in Mathematical Logic at the University of Vienna.
1968-1969 Research Assistant at the University of Georgia (Computer Science), Athens, USA
1970-1971 Research Assistant at the University of Vienna (Institute for Mathematical Logic)
1971-1973 System Analyst at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria
1973-1980 Strategic tasks in the Planning & IT-department of one of the biggest banks in Austria (Creditanstalt-Bankverein)
1980-1994 CEO of an internationally acting Software- and Systems House (Management Data)
1995-1999 General Manager of the Austrian Liberal Party (Liberales Forum)
2000-2003 Director in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, in charge of "Funding of Research and Technology"
since 2003 Secretary General of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

MMag. Andreas SCHIBANY

Collaborator, Research Group Technology, Innovation and Policy Consulting, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz

1996-1999 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Bereich Systemforschung des Forschungszentrums Seibersdorf
seit 1999 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Technologie- und Regionalpolitik der Joanneum Research

Mag. MA Barbara WEITGRUBER

Director General, Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Vienna

 Barbara Weitgruber was founding staff member and Director of the Office for International Relations and lecturer at Karl-Franzens Universität Graz and then Director of the Office for European Educational Co-operation of the Austrian Academic Exchange Service in Vienna. In December 1994 she joined the Austrian Ministry in charge of higher education and research as Director and later became Deputy Director General for Higher Education and Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations. Weitgruber holds a Master degree in English/American and Interdisciplinary Studies, a Certificate in Mass Media and a Translator´s Diploma in English from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois in Chicago where she started her professional career as a Fulbright Scholarship Holder and Teaching Assistant. She is - among others - member of the Task Force for Research, Technology and Innovation of the Austrian Federal Government, the Austrian Fulbright Commission, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, the European "Research Policy Group" and chair of the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria.

Technology Forum

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24.08.2006

08:00 - 10:00Technology Brunch sponsored by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
09:00 - 20:00Presentation CD-Laboratory “Biomechanics in skiing”Culture
11:00 - 11:30Welcome by the OrganisersPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Welcome StatementsPlenary
12:00 - 13:00OriginsPlenary
13:30 - 15:30Competition for TalentPlenary
17:00 - 18:15Research at the Cutting EdgePlenary
18:15 - 19:30Science and Research Models and Best PracticePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Evening Reception sponsored by Alcatel AustriaSocial

25.08.2006

07:00 - 13:00Working Group 01: Science and Technology in Sport: Challenge for Industry and Benefit for PeopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 02: Technology Transfer: the Motor for Developing LocationsBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 03: Convergence and Complexity in TechnologyBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 04: Convergence and Excellence in ScienceBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 05: Innovative Telematics Systems in Intermodal TransportBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 06: Changes in Technology and Natural Sciences – Is Our Tertiary Education System Still Up to Date?Breakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 07: High-performance Materials from Nature as an Opportunity for Economic GrowthBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 08: The Reassuring HabitatBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 09: Energy Security – the Case of Hydro CarbonsBreakout
07:00 - 16:00Junior AlpbachBreakout
14:00 - 15:15Convergence and Complexity in Science and TechnologyPlenary
15:15 - 16:00Faith and SciencePlenary
17:00 - 18:00Atom and Eve – an Alpbach MinioperaCulture
18:00 - 21:30Reception sponsored by the Province of Lower AustriaSocial

26.08.2006

07:00 - 08:00Energy and SecurityPlenary
08:00 - 08:30Alpbach 2006 – Resumée Junior AlpbachPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Science and DemocracyPlenary
10:30 - 11:30The Universe is a Strange PlacePlenary
11:30 - 12:30Farewell Reception sponsored by Microsoft AustriaSocial