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The transfer of knowledge and dialogue happens on many levels: What does inequality feel like? The choreographer and dancer Eva Müller takes the participants on a journey into a world of inequalities and imbalances.

Dance Artist; Artisitc Director of Clown Fish Syndrome Dance Company Art
Austrian Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy, and Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna; Head and Professor, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, Paris-Lodron-University, Salzburg
Independent Facilitator, Quest Associates, Bath Chair


Dance Artist; Artisitc Director of Clown Fish Syndrome Dance Company

1994-1996 Salzburg Experimantal Academy of Dance, Salzburg
1996-1998 London Contemporary Dance School, London
1998-1999 Company Genau, London
2000-2007 Company Reason d`etre, Toronto
  Theater Minimus Maximus, Nenzing
  motion worx dance company
  Nancy Stark Smith research company
  Tanztheater Homunculus, Vienna
since 2000 Clown Fish Syndrome Dance Company


Austrian Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy, and Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Vienna

1974-1980 Studied Law in Linz (Dr. iur.); he also completed a post-graduate course in association management, Fribourg
1980-1992 Worked for the Upper Austrian Economic Chamber, where his last position was Head of the Marketing Department
1991-1997 Local Councillor, Ahorn
1992-2000 Secretary General, Austrian Economic League (Wirtschaftsbund), Vienna
2000-2008 Member, Austrian Parliament
Deputy Secretary General, Austrian Economic Chamber
2001-2008 Chairman, Economic and Industrial Affairs Committee of the Austrian Parliament
2008-2013 Federal Minister of Economy, Family and Youth of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
since 2013 Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
since 2014 Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria


Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna; Head and Professor, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, Paris-Lodron-University, Salzburg

1973-1980 Studium der Germanistik, Romanistik und Philosophie, Universität Wien
1981 Promotion zum Dr.phil. (Dissertation: "Mozart. Ein bürgerlicher Künstler")
1980-1982 Freiberufliche Arbeit als Übersetzerin aus dem Italienischen
1982-1984 Scholarin am Institut für Höhere Studien, Abteilung Politikwissenschaft, Wien
1984 Post-Graduate-Diplom der Politikwissenschaft
1985-1986 Projektarbeit als freiberufliche Politikwissenschaftlerin, Publizistin und Übersetzerin
1986-1987 Generalsekretärin der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft
1987-1989 Wissenschaftliche Referentin in der Grünen Parlamentsfraktion für die Bereiche Wissenschafts-, Gesundheits- und Sozialpolitik
1989-1990 Programmkoordinatorin der Grünen und Koautorin der Grünen Leitlinien zu Ökologie-, Sozial- und Demokratiepolitik
1989-1992 Mitglied des Bundesvorstandes der Grünen
1990 Projektarbeit am Institut für Konfliktforschung, Wien
1990-2002 Universitätsdozentin, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universitäten Wien und Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
1991 Visitor im Rahmen des International Visitor Program (USIA) der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika
1991-1993 Austrian Research Fellow am European Centre for Coordination and Documentation in Social Sciences (Vienna Centre) mit dem Schwerpunkt "Umweltpolitik in West- und Osteuropa"
1993-1994 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Europäischen Zentrum für Wohlfahrtspolitik und Sozialforschung
1993-1995 Redakteurin des Journals für Sozialforschung
1994 Abgeordnete zum Nationalrat der Grünen Fraktion
1991-1996 Arbeit an der Habilitationsschrift (Thema "Die Neuordnung Europas. Das Dispositiv der Integration")
1996 Forschungsaufenthalt am Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Köln
1997 Habilitierung an der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Innsbruck zur Dozentin für Politikwissenschaft
/1998 Mitglied der Jury zur Evaluierung der Projekte des TSER-Programmes der Europäischen Kommission (IV. Rahmenprogramm, Second Call)
1995-1998 Mitglied der Hörer- und Sehervertretung des Österreichischen Rundfunks
1997-1999 Vorsitzende der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft
1998-2002 Lektorin an der Österreichischen Verwaltungsakademie
Stv. Vorsitzende des Universitätsbeirates der Universität Innsbruck
1998-2004 Leiterin der IWE, Forschungsstelle für institutionellen Wandel und europäische Integration der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
1998-2008 Direktorin des EIF, Institut für europäische Integrationsforschung der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (zuvor Forschungsstelle für institutionellen Wandel und europäische Integration)
1999-2000 Präsidentin des sozialwissenschaftlichen Panels zur Verleihung des René Descartes Preises der Europäischen Kommission
Mitglied des ORF-Kuratoriums
2000-2001 Gastprofessorin am Institut für Sozialwissenschaften der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Lehrstuhl für die vergleichende Analyse politischer Systeme
seit 2002 Universitätsprofessorin für Politische Theorie unter Berücksichtigung der Europäischen Politik an der Universität Salzburg
2003-2011 Vizerektorin der Universität Salzburg
seit 2011 Leiterin und Professorin, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg


Independent Facilitator, Quest Associates, Bath

 Peter Woodward is an experienced independent facilitator. He specialises in the design and delivery of effective participative processes through his own business, Quest Associates Ltd. Assignments range from helping small teams to develop a strategy through to major multi-stakeholder international conferences. Peter supports clients from all sectors including local citizen groups, business, through to the European Commission. He is particularly active with clients who are working towards social, environmental and economic sustainability goals. Recent clients include the European Sustainable Development Network, EC EcoAP Green Innovation programme, the UK Charity Bank, The European Business Network and the Church of England. He has established a special reputation for bringing energy, enjoyment and added value into the conference setting.

Higher Education Symposium

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14:30 - 16:30International Exchange Meeting: Universities in SocietyPartner
17:00 - 20:00ReceptionSocial


07:00 - 07:30OpeningPlenary
07:30 - 08:20Higher Education – a Self-Replicating System?Plenary
08:50 - 10:00A Chance for Undiscovered TalentPlenary
10:15 - 11:45Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:00 - 12:15Removing Stumbling Blocks – Higher Education Innovators Introduce ThemselvesPlenary
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 01: Supporting Women through a Mentoring Programme for Future TalentsBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 02: Easing of Starting University with AKMATH – Mathematics Refresher CourseBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 03: IDEAS Project – Higher Education Equity Interventions that WorkBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 04: – The Initiative for (All Who Want to Be) the First in Their Families to Go to UniversityBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 05: Rock Your Life! – School Mentoring for Fair Educational OpportunitiesBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 06: Women and Technical Studies – a Minority Programme?!Breakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 07: Online Self-Assessments (OSAs) for a Suitable University CourseBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 08: Fair Starting Conditions for Young Talents – the Role of FoundationsBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 09: Science Pool – Academia for Children and Young PeopleBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 10: MuT – Mentoring and Training for Aspiring Women ProfessorsBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 11: Children’ s Universities – Universities within ReachBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 12: – Free Access to Information on Education Opportunities for AllBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 13: Studying without a High School Diploma – Blended Learning Support for the Qualification Exam at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum WienBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 14: LEAP – A Resource Centre for Employability in RomaniaBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 15: University Pioneers – Assistance for First Generation StudentsBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 16: Proactive University Engagement for “New” StudentsBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 17: PhDs for Highly Qualified People with DisabilitiesBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 18: Value Studies – An Egalitarian Form of Liberal EducationBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 19: Heterogeneity of Students – Effects on University TeachingBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 20: Recognising Prior Knowledge of Graduates of Vocational SchoolsBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 21: A Europe-Wide Voice for Access, Equity and Inclusion at Higher Education InstitutionsBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 22: EUROSTUDENT – Online Database on the Social Dimension of Studying in EuropeBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 23: University and Family – Not a Contradiction?Breakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 24: 100 Mentors for BerlinBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 25: Paving the Way for Disadvantaged Youth to Higher Education – Principles, Policies, PractisesBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 26: KUganda – Education Cooperation with UgandaBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 27: Higher Education on the GroundBreakout
12:15 - 13:45Breakout Session 28: tun.starthilfe: Help Starting Out for RefugeesBreakout
14:15 - 16:00Ideas for Tackling InEquality in Higher EducationPlenary
16:15 - 18:00ReceptionSocial
18:30 - 19:30Special Lecture: What Is the Role of a Modern University in the Fight Against Inequality?Plenary
18:45 - 19:00Closing remarksPlenary


07:00 - 08:30The Third Mission: Civic Role and Social Responsibility of Higher EducationPartner
09:00 - 10:30Commercial Academia? Higher Education Institutions between Responsibility and TransparencyPartner