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Planning Innovation: At the Crossroads

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The basic factors of success for innovations have been explored in various disciplines for quite some time. However, how can this complex knowledge be implemented sustainably in the planning of new technologies?

Rector Magnificus, University of Maastricht
President Emeritus, Jacobs University Bremen


Rector Magnificus, University of Maastricht

Dr. Soete was co-ordinator for the OECD's Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, the G-7 project "Technology, Productivity and Job Creation", submitted to the G-7 Jobs Summit in Lille, April 1996. Luc Soete chaired the High Level Expert Group on the "Social and Societal Aspects of the Information Society" for the European Commission. This group was set up in May 1995 to look into the social and societal aspects of the Information Society, and is seen as an integral part of the European Commission's Action Plan on the Information Society. An interim report "Building the European Information Society for Us All" was released in January 1996. Luc Soete became joint Director of the United Nations University Institute for New Technologies (UNU-INTECH) and the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT). He is Professor of International Economics (on leave) at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Maastricht.
 He completed his first degrees in economics (1972, summa cum laude) and development economics (1973, summa cum laude) at the University of Gent, Belgium, before obtaining his DPhil in economics at the University of Sussex (1978).
 Before coming to Maastricht in 1986, Luc Soete worked at the Department of Economics of UFSIA, University of Antwerp (1973-79), the Institute of Development Studies (1979-84) and the Science Policy Research Unit (1980-86) at the University of Sussex, England. He was also Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, Stanford University (1984-85).
 In 1988 he became director of MERIT, a medium sized research institute with a good international reputation in the area of innovation studies and the socio-economic analysis of technological change.
 In 1999 he became director of a new interdisciplinary undertaking: the International Institute of Infonomics. The new institute groups currently some 70 researchers from different disciplines all focusing on various aspects of the digitisation of society.
 His research interests include both the theoretical and empirical study of technological change and innovation, with a particular emphasis on new information and communication technologies, on growth, employment and international trade and investment.

Dr. Joachim TREUSCH

President Emeritus, Jacobs University Bremen

Professur in Frankfurt Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Physik in Dortmund Präsident der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft Vorstandsmitglied der Kernforschungsanlage Jülich (KFA) Vorsitzender der Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren Präsident der Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte Vorsitzender des Vorstands der Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH Vorsitzender des Deutschen Verbandes Technisch-Wissenschaftlicher Vereine Vorsitzender des Lenkungsausschusses "Wissenschaft im Dialog"
seit 1987

Technology Forum

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30 Technology Brunch hosted by Standortagentur Tirol Partner
11:00 - 11:10 Opening of the Alpbach Technology Forum 2013 Plenary
11:10 - 11:45 Innovation and Policy Plenary
11:45 - 13:15 Future Innovation – International Perspectives Plenary
13:40 - 14:40 Graphene – A Great Hope of Future Technologies? Plenary
14:40 - 16:00 From Research to Economic Success Plenary
18:00 - 19:45 Our Place in the Universe Plenary


Career Lounge hosted by the Organisers and Siemens AG Österreich Social
Evening Reception hosted by Forschung Austria Social


06:30 - 13:00 Working Group 05: The Potential of the Alps: Focus Sustainable Use of Resources Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 10: Identity 2.0: Digital Man Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 01: The Value Chains of the Future Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 06: The Potential of ICT Tools in Open Innovation Processes Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Special Event: RTI Internationalization in Austria – Strategic Recommendations Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for Kids Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 07: Web attack! The Fight against Hackers and Data Loss Breakout
07:00 - 16:00 Junior Alpbach – Science and Technology for Young People Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 04: “Frontrunner”, a New Approach in RTI Policy Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 08: Industry 4.0 – Impact on the Future of Working Lives Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 11: Intellectual Property Management – Conditions for Prosperity and Success Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 02: To Develop the Future – Tomorrow’s Innovation as Exemplified by International Leading Enterprises Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 03: Smart City – Pathways to Future Urban Mobility Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 09: Green Tech: Visions and Business of eco-mobility Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 12: Secure Society = Secured Future = Security Research Breakout
14:00 - 15:30 i-Learning – The Future of Learning in the Digital World Plenary
15:45 - 18:00 Challenges for Biomedical Research Plenary
18:00 - 20:00 Open Dialogue – Smart Mobility for Smart Cities Partner


07:30 - 08:15 Planning Innovation: At the Crossroads Plenary
08:15 - 10:00 Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Plenary
10:15 - 11:15 The Wonderful World of Quantum Mechanics Plenary
11:15 - 11:30 Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology Forum Plenary
11:30 - 12:00 Snack Reception hosted by the Organisers Social