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13: Truth and Reality: The Importance of Models in Economy, Science and Philosophy

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Hotel Böglerhof
Breakout / Working Group
german language

Controversial discussions abound in the fields of natural and social sciences and the humanities about the truth and reality of models. What can economists and mathematicians irrefutably tell us about the world? How do archaeologists construct models of the past? What is the model that quantum physics is based on? And for what purpose, philosophers and religious scholars ask, do we need models anyway? Is reality too complex? Are there alternative approaches? Which of the (virtual) reality models applied will stand the test of practical implementation?

Rector, and Professor of Industrial Mathematics, University of Vienna
Full Professor for Philosophy, Technische Universität Braunschweig
Professor and Chair for International Economics, Department of Economics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology
Professor Emeritus, Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Austria to the OECD, Paris
President, Forschung Austria; Managing Director, Holzhausen Scientific Publishing, Vienna
Editor-in-Chief, Austria Innovativ, Vienna

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heinz W. ENGL

Rector, and Professor of Industrial Mathematics, University of Vienna

Doctoral degree awarded "sub auspiciis praesidentis", University of Linz Full Professor and holder of the Chair for Industrial Mathematics, University of Linz Director, RICAM - Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, Austrian Academy of Sciences Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Corresponding Member since 2000)
1977
since 1988
2003-2011
since 2003

Dr. Nicole C. KARAFYLLIS

Full Professor for Philosophy, Technische Universität Braunschweig

studies in biology and philosophy, Dipl-Biol 1994, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany PhD-scholarship at the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg "Ethik in den Wissenschaften", IZEW Tübingen Dr. rer. nat. with a dissertation on technology assessment of renewable resources (publ. 2000) Post-Doc at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Philosophy of Technology, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Ropohl habilitation at Stuttgart University, full venia legendi in Philosophy Visiting Professor for Applied Philosophy of Science at Vienna University, Austria Full Professor of Philosophy at the United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dhabi, UAE
1989-1994
1995-1998
1999
1998-2008
2006
2007
2008-2010

Dr. Dalia MARIN

Professor and Chair for International Economics, Department of Economics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

 Dalia Marin holds the Chair in International Economics at the University of Munich
 She was Associate Professor at Humboldt University Berlin (1994-1998)
 She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Stern School of Business at New York University. She has also worked for the International Monetary Fund, National Bureau of Economic Research, the European University Institute, and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
 She is Senior Research Fellow at Bruegel, Brussels, Fellow of the European Economic Association, Research Fellow of the Centre for
 Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London

Dr. Wolfgang NEUBAUER

Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology

Mag. Phil., Prehistoric Archaeology, Archaeometry, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Vienna Dr. Phil., Prehistoric Archaeology: Magnetic Prospecting in Archaeology, University of Vienna Researcher at VIAS-Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science (VB1a/hb), University of Vienna Senior Lecturer, Institute for Pre- and Protohistory, University of Vienna Visiting researcher: Nara, Japan & Bermuda Maritime Museum Guest Professor, University of Applied Science, Mainz Visiting researcher: Xian - Qianling, China & Bermuda Maritime Museum Research Assistant at the Institute for Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Vienna University of Technology Professor at VIAS-Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science, University of Vienna Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology
1984-1993
1994-2000
since 1994
1995-2008
  Guest Professor, Institute for Ancient History, University of Innsbruck
2002
2006
2007
2007-2008
since 2009
since 2010

Dr. Helmut RAUCH

Professor Emeritus, Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna

Study of Technical Physics at the Technical University, Vienna Doctoral thesis at the Technical University, Vienna University assistant to Prof.Dr.G. Ortner at the Atominstitute of the Austrian Universites, Vienna Appointment as a full professor for "Experimental Nuclear Physics" at the Technical University, Vienna Director of the Atominstitute of the Austrian Universities, Vienna (jointly with Prof.Dr.G. Eder) Visiting Scientist at the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France
1957-1962
1962-1966
1962-1972
1972
1972-2005
1974-2010

Mag. iur. MBA M.Sc. Maria Elisabeth STUBITS-WEIDINGER

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Austria to the OECD, Paris

Head of the Cabinet and Special Advisor for International and European Affairs to the Minister for Women´s Affairs and Consumer Protection in the Federal Chancellery, Vienna Director for International and European Affairs, Federal Ministry for Social Security and Generations, Vienna Head of the Cabinet of the Regional Governor and of a Member of the Regional Government in Eisenstadt Expert for EU and IFI in the Division for European Integration and International Financial Institutions in the OeNB, Vienna Chief Representative of the OeNB at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU, Brussels Lecturer for European Law and European Business Laws at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Eisenstadt Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Austrian Federal Chancellor and Head of the Office of the Secretary of State, Senior Advisor to the Vice-Governor of the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB)
1997-2000
2000
2000-2002
2003-2004
2004-2010
since 2006
  Federal Chancellery, Vienna
2011-2013
2012-2013

Mag. DDr. Gabriele AMBROS

President, Forschung Austria; Managing Director, Holzhausen Scientific Publishing, Vienna

 Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre
 Studium der Alten Geschichte und Altertumskunde
 Geschäftsführerin des Verlages Holzhausen GmbH

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