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05: Think Tanks in Austria

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Hauptschule
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Think Tanks are an indispensable factor in today s political discussions, determining the political agenda in multiple ways by influencing it through scientific expertise. In the light of this development the question what role Think Tanks play in our society and how expert judgments are legitimized is evident. This is because lobbyists and economic enterprises have been trying to shape the discussions in society by their own expert opinions and Think Tanks for quite some time. Will acting through Think Tanks become a new tool of economic lobbyism? What about responsibility and objective criteria for scientific counselling? How can Think Tanks in Austria influence the political discussion?

Chairman, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin; Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, Vienna
Mag.a Landesrätin für Gesundheit und Pflegemanagement, Wissenschaft und Forschung, Graz
Professor of Economics and Econometrics, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research, University of St.Gallen
President, Friedrich August v. Hayek Institute; Director, Austrian Economics Center, Vienna
Group Product & Innovation Officer, Deutsche Telekom; Chairman of the Supervisory Board, T-Mobile Austria
President and Chief Executive Officer, Research and Development Corporation (RAND), Santa Monica, CA
Rector, University of Vienna
Mitglied des Kabinetts Hahn, EU-Kommissar für Regionalpolitik, Brüssel

Dr. Dervilla DONNELLY

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

Studied Chemistry at the University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University College Dublin Research Fellow: Kunglia Tekniska Högskolän, Stockholm, Sweden Leader of the delegation to the CSCE meetings in Bonn and Hamburg to promote security and co-operation in Europe Member of the National Board for Science and Technology (NBST) Professor of Phytochemistry, University College Dublin President of the Phytochemical Society of Europe Irish representative on the EEC Committee for Training in Science and Technology (ACPM-STT) Chairman, European Science Research Councils, (ESRC) Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors and Guardians of the National Gallery of Ireland President of the Royal Dublin Society Senior Vice-President, Royal Irish Academy Chairman, National Education Convention President, Institute of Chemistry of Ireland Council Member, Royal Society of Chemistry Senior Vice-President, Royal Irish Academy Vice-President and Member of the Executive Council of the European Science Foundation Chairman, INTAS Evaluation group Chairman, INCO 5 year evaluation Chairman, Evaluation Committee OECD Programme "Megascience Forum" Chairman, Commission for Assisted Human Reproduction Member of the Board of National Museum of Ireland and Chair of the Audit Committee
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Mag.a Kristina EDLINGER-PLODER

Mag.a Landesrätin für Gesundheit und Pflegemanagement, Wissenschaft und Forschung, Graz

Mitarbeit im Aufbau eines Handelsunternehmens Eintritt in das Büro von Landeshauptmann Waltraud Klasnic Leiterin des Büros von Landeshauptmann Waltraud Klasnic Landesrätin für Jugend, Familie und Generationen, Bildung und Wissenschaft Zusätzlich Landesrätin für Finanzen Landesrätin für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Verkehr und Technik
 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften
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Dr. Dr.h.c. Gebhard KIRCHGÄSSNER

Professor of Economics and Econometrics, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research, University of St.Gallen

Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Universität Konstanz Oberassistent, Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung der Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule Zürich Professor (C4) für Volkswirtschaftslehre/Finanzwissenschaft, Universität Osnabrück Präsident der Forschungskommission der Universität St. Gallen Gastprofessor, Max-Planck-Projektgruppe "Recht der Gemeinschaftsgüter", Bonn Vorstand (Dekan) der Volkswirtschaftlichen Abteilung der Universität St. Gallen Mitglied der Kommission für Konjunkturfragen Präsident des Advisory Board Steuerpolitik beim Eidgenössischen Finanzdepartement Präsident der Kommission für Konjunkturfragen
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Mag. Dr. Barbara KOLM

President, Friedrich August v. Hayek Institute; Director, Austrian Economics Center, Vienna

Assistant Professor, Department of Tourism and Service Economics, University of Innsbruck President, F. August v. Hayek Institute
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MBA Christopher SCHLÄFFER

Group Product & Innovation Officer, Deutsche Telekom; Chairman of the Supervisory Board, T-Mobile Austria

 Christopher Schläffer became Deutsche Telekom's Group Product & Innovation Officer in December 2006. Thus he is member of the Executive Committee of T-Mobile International responsible for Product & Innovation and at the same time chairman of the segment board of T-Online.
 Prior to assuming his current role Christopher Schläffer was Corporate Development Officer (CDO) of Deutsche Telekom in charge of group strategy, innovation, research & development as well as venture capital. From 2002 until September 2006 he also had responsibility for group technology, processes and IT. From 2000 to 2002 Christopher Schläffer was heading Corporate Strategy as Senior Executive Vice President.
 Christopher Schläffer joined Deutsche Telekom in July 1998. Before that he worked with Accenture, the global consulting, technology and outsourcing company, and in the pharmaceutical industry.
 Christopher Schläffer holds a master's degree in business administration from the Vienna University of Business Administration and Economics and has been elected one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

Dr. James A. THOMSON

President and Chief Executive Officer, Research and Development Corporation (RAND), Santa Monica, CA

Purdue University, M.Sc. in Physics Purdue University, Ph.D. in Physics University of Wisconsin, Post-doctoral research associate in experimental nuclear physics Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon National Security Council, The White House Director of RAND's National Security Strategies research program in Project AIR FORCE Director of RAND's International Security and Defense Policy program Vice President and responsible for the Project AIR FORCE division, The RAND Corporation
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Dr. Georg WINCKLER

Rector, University of Vienna

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

Mitglied des Kabinetts Hahn, EU-Kommissar für Regionalpolitik, Brüssel

Master in Catholic Theology, University of Graz and University of Vienna Doctor in Catholic Theology, University of Vienna Postgraduate Master in European Studies, Danube University Krems Assistant to Mr Othmar Karas, MEP, European Parliament Parliamentary Assistant to Mr Reinhold Lopatka, MP and Mrs Carina Felzmann, MP, Austrian Parliament Deputy Head of Cabinet of Mr Reinhold Lopatka, State Secretary for Sports, Austrian Federal Chancellery Member of Cabinet of Mr Johannes Hahn, Federal Minister for Science and Research, Federal Ministry for Science and Research Member of Cabinet of Mr Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission Lecturer (part-time) in Ethics and Technology Assessment at the University of Applied Sciences Joanneum, Austria
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21.08.2008

08:00 - 10:30Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
11:00 - 11:20Opening by the European Forum AlpbachPlenary
11:20 - 12:00Plenary sessionPlenary
12:00 - 12:30Plenary sessionPlenary
13:00 - 13:45Ethics of sciencePlenary
13:45 - 14:30Stem cellsPlenary
15:00 - 16:00Politics and science – Advice through sciencePlenary
18:00 - 19:30BionicsPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent Austria AGSocial

22.08.2008

07:00 - 14:00Working Group 01: From basic research to economic valueBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 02: Research integrity in scienceBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 03: The myths of life sciences and their consequencesBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 04: Aviation and the environmentBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 05: Think Tanks in AustriaBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 06: Gender mainstreaming in science and development. Perceive realities and decide visionarilyBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 07: Success factor human resources – Regions in competitionBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 08: Climate change – The future of transportBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 09: The governance of applied research: responsibilities, independence and resourcesBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 10: Digital healthcareBreakout
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and technology for kidsBreakout
08:00 - 14:00Working Group 11: Energy efficiency – Recognizing opportunities, utilizing potentialsBreakout
08:00 - 13:00Special Event: From the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe to the Regional Cooperation Council – A New Momentum for the Western Balkans’ Perspective in Higher Education and Research?Breakout
14:30 - 15:15The frontiers of science, part IPlenary
15:15 - 16:30Global competition for global talentsPlenary
18:00 - 19:30Information and communications infrastructures – The nerve centres of modern societiesPlenary

23.08.2008

08:00 - 08:30Science education for a science-driven societyPlenary
08:30 - 09:15The frontiers of science, part IIPlenary
09:15 - 09:45The future of the environment and agriculturePlenary
10:00 - 10:15Junior Alpbach and Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach 2008Plenary
10:15 - 11:15Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel prizePlenary
11:15 - 12:00Snack reception, hosted by AVL List GmbHSocial