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06: From scientific journal to breaking news: science and the media

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Alpbacher Hauptschule
Breakout / Working Group
in englischer Sprache

From beaming to cloning, from evolution to climatic apocalypse, scientific topics have been booming in the last few years. Especially in German-speaking countries, science journalism has made a giant step forward, one feels tempted to say: a quantum leap. Bored by the Middle East and by European Community policy, chief-editors have discovered that science can be crispy and hip. The hipness is magnified by the fact that scientists themselves are changing their image: from grey technocrats to visionaries in a world that has lost its political and social visions.
Has science itself changed due to its growing public appeal? Has it adapted to the needs of media? Some critics even suspect that their editors choose the articles they publish well considering which subjects sound interesting to a broader public and which do not. The fear is not unjustified: Will fields of research that are less  sexy be undervalued by society and – which counts more in this material world – by political or private financiers? Who shall judge what helps the public understanding of science and what promotes confusion and hype instead? And who will support the honest science journalists who have lost their income because their stories seem too serious to sell?

Editor-in-Chief of Nature, Editor-in-Chief of Nature publications, Director of the Nature Publishing Group, London
Chief Executive Officer, DIE ZEIT; Managing Director, DvH Medien GmbH
Media Relations Manager, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg; Chairman, Association of Education and Science Journalists, Vienna
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Institut für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung (ÖAW), Wien
Geschäftsführer, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz
Editor in Chief and Managing Director, NZZ Austria; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy; Vienna Chair
Coordination

BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, FInstP, FRAS Philip CAMPBELL

Editor-in-Chief of Nature, Editor-in-Chief of Nature publications, Director of the Nature Publishing Group, London

1979-1981 Assistant Editor, Nature
1981-1988 Physical Sciences Editor, Nature
1988-1995 Founding Editor of Physics World, international magazine of the Institute of Physics
since 1995 Editor of Nature; Editor-in-Chief, Nature publications
since 1997 Board director of the Nature Publishing Group

Dr. Rainer ESSER

Chief Executive Officer, DIE ZEIT; Managing Director, DvH Medien GmbH

1977-1982 Law Studies in Munich, Geneva and London
1982-1983 Master of Law the University of Gerogia in Athens, USA
1986 Second Legal State Examination
1986-1987 Education as Editor at Deutsche Journalistenschule (German Journalists School) in Munich
1987-1989 Lawyer at the international law offices Nörr, Stiefenhofer & Lutz, Munich and
  Stegemann, Sieveking & Lutteroth, Hamburg
1989 PhD in International Law at the University of Regensburg
1989-1992 Editor in Chief at Bertelsmann International, Munich (Spotlight, Ecoute, ECOS and ADESSO)
1995-1999 Managing Director of Main-Post Publishing House, Würzburg
since 1999 CEO of DIE ZEIT
since 2011 Managing Director of DvH Medien GmbH (DIE ZEIT, Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt, Tagesspiegel)

Oliver LEHMANN

Media Relations Manager, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg; Chairman, Association of Education and Science Journalists, Vienna

1988-1991 Freie Mitarbeit, dann Ressortleiter bei "Falter", Wien
  Reisen in Mittel- und Osteuropa
1991-1995 Redakteur bei "Merian", Hamburg
  Reisen in Nordamerika, Japan, China, Südostasien
1995 Redakteur bei "Stern", Hamburg
1995-1997 Redakteur bei "News", Wien; Leiter der Lehrredaktion
1996-1998 Stringer BBC Worldservice, "Talent 2000"-Ausbildungsprogramm
seit 1998 Gründungschefredakteur des "Universum Magazin", Wien (LW Media)
2002 Mitglied des Leitungsteams, Universitätslehrgang für Wissenschaftskommunikation, Fakultät für Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Fortbildung, Universität Klagenfurt
seit 2002 Universitätslektor für Wissenschaftskommunikation, Fakultät für Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Fortbildung, Universität Klagenfurt
seit 2006 Gründungschefredakteur von "at.venture", Österreichs Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiemagazin
seit 2007 Mediensprecher, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), Klosterneuburg
seit 2012 Vorstandsvorsitzende, Austrian Association of Education and Science Journalists

Mag. Dr. Michael NENTWICH

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Institut für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung (ÖAW), Wien

 Studium Handelswissenschaften an Wirtschaftsunversität Wien sowie Politikwissenschaft und Rechtswissenschaften an der Universität Wien
1995 Promotion zum Dr. jur.
1990-1992 wiss. Mitarbeiter am Vorgängerinstitut des ITA
1991-1996 Universitätsassistent am Forschungsinstitut für Europafragen der WU Wien
1994-1995 Research Fellow an den Universities of Warwick and Essex (England)
1996 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter des ITA hauptsächlich im Bereich Informations- und
  Kommunikationswissenschaften, insb. Internet
1998/1999 Gastwissenschafter am Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Köln
2004 Habilitation in Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung an der Universität Wien

Dr. Bernhard PELZL

Geschäftsführer, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz

 Studium der Sprachwissenschaften, Orientalistik, Geschichte und Philosophie (Wissenschaftstheorie) an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
1979-1997 Beim ORF Österreichischer Rundfunk, zuletzt Leiter der Ö1-Reihe "Dimensionen", Wien
seit 1997 Wissenschaftlicher Direktor der JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz
  Honorar-Professor für Medienwissenschaften (Ästhetik, Semiotik, Rhetorik) an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
  Consultant für Managementberatung und Marketing

Michael FLEISCHHACKER

Editor in Chief and Managing Director, NZZ Austria; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy; Vienna

1991-1994 Außenpolitik-Redakteur, "Kleine Zeitung"
1994 Redakteur in der Chefredaktion, "Kleine Zeitung"
1995-1997 Chef vom Dienst, "Kleine Zeitung"
1998-1999 Stellvertretender Chefredakteur, "Kleine Zeitung"
2000-2001 Chef vom Dienst, "Standard"
2002-2004 Stellvertretender Chefredakteur, "Die Presse"
2004-2012 Chefredakteur, "Die Presse"
2013/14 Leiter, Media Academy, Europäisches Forum Alpbach
seit 2015 Chefredakteur, "nzz.at"

Technology Forum

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25.08.2005

08:00 - 10:00Technology brunch sponsored by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
11:00 - 12:00OpeningPlenary
12:00 - 13:30Our futurePlenary
14:00 - 16:00Location of science and research – a global shift?Plenary
18:00 - 19:00SecurityPlenary
19:30 - 21:45Evening reception sponsored by Alcatel AustriaSocial

26.08.2005

07:00 - 13:00Working Group 01: Technology and location strategies for enterprisesBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 02: Electronic carBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 03: Science of everyday productsBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 04: Security of energy supplyBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 05: NanotechnologyBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 06: From scientific journal to breaking news: science and the mediaBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 07: Fuel cells and hydrogen – the future of transport?Breakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 08: European strategies for international research cooperationBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 09: Excellence – a question of genderBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 10: Converging technologiesBreakout
14:00 - 14:45University/industry interaction – The Atlantic picturePlenary
14:45 - 15:30University/industry interaction – The Austrian solutionPlenary
15:30 - 16:00University/industry interaction – Political ConclusionsPlenary
16:00 - 18:00Reception sponsored by Province of Lower AustriaSocial
18:00 - 19:00The science of saving VenicePlenary

26.08.-27.08.2005

Junior AlpbachBreakout

27.08.2005

07:00 - 08:30Politics and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 09:30Science at the cutting edgePlenary
10:00 - 10:15Alpbach 2005 – Resumée Junior AlpbachPlenary
10:15 - 11:00Reflections and PerspectivesPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Farewell reception sponsored by Microsoft AustriaSocial