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05: Think Tanks in Austria

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Working Group
in englischer Sprache

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
Vice President, OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, 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 Chair
Mitglied des Kabinetts Hahn, EU-Kommissar für Regionalpolitik, Brüssel Coordination

Dr. Dervilla DONNELLY

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

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

Mag.a Kristina EDLINGER-PLODER

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

 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften
1998 Eintritt in das Büro von Landeshauptmann Waltraud Klasnic
2002 Leiterin des Büros von Landeshauptmann Waltraud Klasnic
2003-2005 Landesrätin für Jugend, Familie und Generationen, Bildung und Wissenschaft
2004-2005 Zusätzlich Landesrätin für Finanzen
2005-2010 Landesrätin für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Verkehr und Technik
seit 2010 Landesrätin für Gesundheit und Pflegemanagement, Wissenschaft und Forschung

Dr. Dr.h.c. Gebhard KIRCHGÄSSNER

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

1977-1984 Oberassistent, Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung der Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule Zürich
1984-1992 Professor (C4) für Volkswirtschaftslehre/Finanzwissenschaft, Universität Osnabrück
1997-2004 Präsident der Forschungskommission der Universität St. Gallen
1998 Gastprofessor, Max-Planck-Projektgruppe "Recht der Gemeinschaftsgüter", Bonn
1999-2001 Vorstand (Dekan) der Volkswirtschaftlichen Abteilung der Universität St. Gallen
1997-2003 Mitglied der Kommission für Konjunkturfragen
1998-2000 Präsident des Advisory Board Steuerpolitik beim Eidgenössischen Finanzdepartement
2004-2007 Präsident der Kommission für Konjunkturfragen
2007-2011 Präsident der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Volkswirtschaft und Statistik

Mag. Dr. Barbara KOLM

Vice President, OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna

seit 2008 Präsidentin, Friedrich A.v.Hayek Instituts, Wien
seit 2018 Vizepräsidentin, OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Wien

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

1969-1972 Purdue University, Ph.D. in Physics
1972-1974 University of Wisconsin, Post-doctoral research associate in experimental nuclear physics
1974-1977 Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon
1977-1981 National Security Council, The White House
1981-1986 Director of RAND's National Security Strategies research program in Project AIR FORCE
1983-1984 Director of RAND's International Security and Defense Policy program
1984-1989 Vice President and responsible for the Project AIR FORCE division, The RAND Corporation
since 1989 President and Chief Executive Officer, The RAND Corporation

Dr. Georg WINCKLER

Rector, University of Vienna

 Studies at Princeton University and the University of Vienna
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

Dr. Stefan ZOTTI

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

2006 Doctor in Catholic Theology, University of Vienna
2009 Postgraduate Master in European Studies, Danube University Krems
2002-2004 Assistant to Mr Othmar Karas, MEP, European Parliament
2005-2007 Parliamentary Assistant to Mr Reinhold Lopatka, MP and Mrs Carina Felzmann, MP, Austrian Parliament
2007 Deputy Head of Cabinet of Mr Reinhold Lopatka, State Secretary for Sports, Austrian Federal Chancellery
2007-2009 Member of Cabinet of Mr Johannes Hahn, Federal Minister for Science and Research, Federal Ministry for Science and Research
since 2010 Member of Cabinet of Mr Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission
since 2011 Lecturer (part-time) in Ethics and Technology Assessment at the University of Applied Sciences Joanneum, Austria
since 2012 Lecturer (part-time) in Regional Policy at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Austria

Technology Forum

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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