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04: Research Promotion at the Interfaces of Risk, Creativity and Mainstream

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Hauptschule
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in deutscher Sprache

Austria’s system of research promotion is well established – but is it in good shape for the future? Do we promote the right projects – and do we promote them well? What are the conflicts that arise between societal benefit and risk acceptance for the state? Is our research system able both to foster exceptional innovation, i.e. creative entrepreneurial approaches, and to take the accompanying risk? Or do risk-minimizing and perfectly styled controlling systems force us to only promote the mainstream? Almost to the point of facilitating the so-called ‘free-rider effect’?

Executive Director and Scientific Head, Nexus - Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research, Berlin
Head, Research Group Technology, Innovation and Policy Consulting, POLICIES - Institute for Economic and Innovation Research, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz
Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; Member of the Board, Swiss Federal Foundation for Promotion of the National Economy through Scientific Research; Member of the Advisory Board, Impact Hub Zurich
Former Member of the Board, ECB - European Central Bank, Luxembourg; Consultant, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna
Vice President, and General Manager, BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG, Gunskirchen
Managing Director, FFG - The Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Vienna Chair
Deputy Director General for Innovation and Telecommunication; Head of Directorate for Innovation, Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna Chair
Staff Member, Department III/I 2 - Promotion of Research and Technology, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna Coordination

Dr. Hans-Liudger DIENEL

Executive Director and Scientific Head, Nexus - Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research, Berlin

1988 MA
1989 Dipl.-Ing.
1992-1995 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Forschungsinstitut, Deutsches Museum, München
1993 Dr.phil.
1996-2013 Wissenschaflticher Geschäftsführer, Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft, Technische Universität Berlin
1997 Gastprofessor, Technische Universität Wien
seit 1999 Geschäftsführer, Nexus Institut für Kooperationsmanagement GmbH
2013 W3-Professur Arbeit und Technik, Technische Universität Berlin

Mag. Michael PLODER

Head, Research Group Technology, Innovation and Policy Consulting, POLICIES - Institute for Economic and Innovation Research, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz

2000-2001 Freelancer at JOANNEUM RESEARCH InTeReg
2001-2010 Research Fellow, Project Manager (Policy Analysis and Evaluation) at JOANNEUM RESEARCH InTeReg
2010-2013 Vice Head of the Research Group Technology, Foresight and Planning of JOANNEUM RESEARCH POLICIES
since 2013 Head of the Research Group Technology, Innovation and Policy Consulting, JOANNEUM RESEARCH POLICIES

Dr. sc.nat. Klara SEKANINA

Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; Member of the Board, Swiss Federal Foundation for Promotion of the National Economy through Scientific Research; Member of the Advisory Board, Impact Hub Zurich

1985-1994 Dipl. Chem. ETH/Dr. sc. nat. ETH, ETH Zürich - Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
1995-1997 Research, Columbia University, New York
1997-1997 Visiting Researcher, Knowledge & Technology Transfer, Stockholm University, Stockholm
1998-2000 Start-up Team Member; Head of Production, and Member, Management Board, Polyphor AG, Allschwil
2000-2004 Head Life Sciences, Business and Economic Development, Canton of Zurich
2002-2004 Founding Member and Official Representative of the Canton of Zurich, Non-Profit Organisation World Cities Alliance
2003-2004 Founding Member and President, biotop Life Science Incubator / Bio Technopark
2003-2005 EMBA - Executive MBA, University of Zurich / Stanford University
2004-2005 Strategic Advisor, Zurich Orient Foundation,
2006-2009 Head Strategic Planning and Member, Management Board, ETH Zürich - Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
2010-2015 Director of the Secretariat, appointed by the Federal Council, CTI - Commission for Technology and Innovation, Bern

Mag. Dr. Gertrude TUMPEL-GUGERELL

Former Member of the Board, ECB - European Central Bank, Luxembourg; Consultant, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna

1975 Master's Degree in Economics and Social Sciences, University of Vienna
  OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna
1981 Ph.D., University of Vienna
1981-1984 Advisor in the Cabinet of the Minister of Finance
1985-2003 Various Leadership Positions, OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna
1998-2003 Vice Governor, Economics and Financial Markets Department, OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna
  Austria's Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund
  Member of the Economic and Finance Committee
2003-2011 Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main

Thomas UHR

Vice President, and General Manager, BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG, Gunskirchen

1994 Manager Process Development, Beam-Technology, Mercedes-Benz AG; Stuttgart Germany
1998 Manufacturing and Manager Process Development, Ballard Power, Burnaby, Canada
2000 Senior Manager Production Conrod, Crankshafts & High-Pressure Tubing, Daimler Chrysler AG, Plant Untertürkheim Germany
2001 General Manager and Head of Strategic Engine Project A9 (Mitsubishi/Daimler JV), MDC Power GmbH, Kölleda, Germany
2003 Director Production and Technology Forming and Casting, Daimler AG, Plant Untertürkheim, Germany
2007 Head of Plant, Daimler AG, Berlin Germany
2011 Director Prototyping and Testing R&D, Daimler AG, Stuttgart Germany
2014 Vice-President BRP-Powertrain and General Manager BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG, Gunskirchen Austria

Dr. Klaus PSEINER

Managing Director, FFG - The Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Vienna

1976-1983 Studium der Biologie an der Universität Wien, Fachrichtung Ökologie
1981-1983 Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
1984 Dornier GmbH, Deutschland
1985-1989 ORS, Österreichische Raumfahrt- und Systemtechnik GmbH
1989-1998 ESA/ESTEC, Systems Technology Department
1998-2004 Geschäftsführer, Austrian Space Agency - Österreichische Gesellschaft für Weltraumfragen GmbH
seit 2004 Geschäftsführer, FFG - Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft

Mag. Ingolf SCHÄDLER

Deputy Director General for Innovation and Telecommunication; Head of Directorate for Innovation, Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna

1978 Studienabschluss, Volkswirtschaft, Universität Wien
1978-1979 Studium, Internationale Politik, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins Universität, Bologna
1979-1980 Forschungsassistent, Wiener Institut für Entwicklungsfragen, Wien
1981 Eintritt in den öffentlichen Dienst, Referent, Bundeskanzleramt, Wien
1993 Leiter, Abteilung für Technologiepolitik und -programme, Bundesministerium für öffentliche Wirtschaft und Verkehr, Wien
2003 Leiter, Bereich Innovation; stellvertretender Sektionsleiter, Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, Wien
2010 Übernahme des Vorsitzes, EU-Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe

Dr. Mario STEYER

Staff Member, Department III/I 2 - Promotion of Research and Technology, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna

2007-2011 Lector and Tutor, Vienna University of Economics and Business
2008-2010 Assistant, Department Chair Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business
since 2010 Staff Member, Department III/I 2 - Promotion of Research and Technology, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna

Technology Symposium

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27.08.2015

08:00 - 10:30Technology BrunchSocial
11:00 - 11:10Opening of the Alpbach Technology Symposium 2015Plenary
11:10 - 12:00RTI Policy TalkPlenary
12:00 - 13:30Living with the Machine in the FuturePlenary
14:00 - 15:30Cyber Physical SystemsPlenary
17:45 - 19:15Regional Debate Central Eastern EuropePlenary
19:15 - 21:30Evening ReceptionSocial
19:15 - 21:30Career LoungeSocial

28.08.2015

07:00 - 08:30BioeconomyPlenary
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
08:50 - 10:15Complexity SciencePlenary
10:15 - 11:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionSocial
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 01: 2015: The End of Energy RevolutionBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 02: Bio-Economy in Action: National Bio-Economy Strategies in ComparisonBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 03: Human Enhancement Technologies: Amplifying or Reducing InequalityBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 04: Research Promotion at the Interfaces of Risk, Creativity and MainstreamBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 05: Market Upheavals: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 06: Entrepreneurship: What Can Science Contribute?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 07: Games of InEqualityBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 08: Physical Internet: A Seismic Shift for Logistics and MobilityBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 09: Dynamics by Heterogeneity: How Economy and Research Profit from DiversityBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Energy Transition: Same Goal – Different WaysBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: A Market Breakthrough Ahead?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: A Bright Future? Challenges and Opportunities for LED LightingBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Truth and Reality: The Importance of Models in Economy, Science and PhilosophyBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Virtual Learning: InEquality in Education?Breakout
18:00 - 19:30Urban Innovators Challenge – Start Up Your CompanyPartner

29.08.2015

07:00 - 08:30MIT and its Media Lab, Special Guest at this Year’s Technology SymposiumPlenary
08:30 - 09:30InEquality: The New Silk RoadPlenary
09:50 - 11:15Art, Design and Architecture as a Laboratory of Digital ModernityPlenary
11:15 - 11:30Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology SymposiumPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Snack ReceptionSocial