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

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1973-1979 Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna


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
2000-2008 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

Higher Education Symposium

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19:00 - 22:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary
21:00 - 22:30Vienna Lectures: "Brainier, Better, More Beautiful... - Can Humans be Optimised?"Culture


09:00 - 09:10OpeningPlenary
09:10 - 09:20Framing the ChallengePlenary
09:20 - 10:30Times They are a-Changin' - How Societal Trends Impact European UniversitiesPlenary
11:00 - 12:00Transformation Messages for UniversitiesPlenary
12:00 - 12:15Introduction to the World CaféPlenary
13:50 - 14:00Universities of the Future - Showcasing Transformation in ActionBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 01: Scientists in Society: Towards Interdisciplinary Capacity BuildingBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 02: How Can Internal Quality Management Assure Competence-Based Education?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 03: Arts-Based Research on the Doctoral LevelBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 04: Artistic Practice Equipping Us for a Changing WorldBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 05: Blogging for Interactive Critical ThinkingBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 06: Multiple Choice Tests: More than a Time Saver for TeachersBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 07: Technology and Art as a Symbiosis for Media ProfessionsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 08: Education by Two: Tertiary Education Jointly Designed by Universities and CorporationsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 09: Supporting Women Is Important, But What About Supporting Men?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching to Foster Mutual Understanding of Different DisciplinesBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Addressing Student-Centred Learning in External Quality AssuranceBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Mastering Challenges of Lifelong Learning at UniversitiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Online Teaching for All!Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Doctoral Education in a Global Context: Challenges and OpportunitiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The Role of Universities in a Knowledge-Based SocietyBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Education in Sustainable Development: Implementation and EvaluationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: Gaming Simulation for Training in Systems-ManagementBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: Active Learning in Spite of a Large Amount of Material - An Illusion?!Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: How Can Public Health Education Be Constructed Flexibly?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 20: How Can a University Assert Itself in the International Environment?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 21: Learning by Researching. A Best Practice Example where "Money Matters"Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: In Austria, Dropouts Aren't Dropouts and Students Aren't StudentsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 23: Transfinlandia: Gender Invention in Artistic EducationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 24: Service Learning - Applied Knowledge in Higher EducationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 25: How to Combine Different Disciplines to Face Bioeconomic Challenges?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 26: Living Knowledge - Social Impact in Higher EducationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 27:  University Meets Industry  A Lifelong Learning ProjectBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 28: Lab Inter Arts - A Platform for Cross-Cultural Performance ProjectsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 29: Community-Based Learning through Community Health AssessmentBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 30: The University of the Future - A Haven for Self-Realisation?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 31: Teaching Research? Interdisciplinary Grant-Writing Skills for PhD StudentsBreakout
16:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: What are the Implications of Internationalisation for Students?Breakout
16:30 - 18:00Shaping the Future - Concrete Next Steps for ActionBreakout
20:00 - 20:45Changing the Role of and Practices in Higher EducationPlenary
20:45 - 21:30CityScienceTalk: Universities - Trendsetters for a Changing World?Plenary
21:30 - 23:00ReceptionSocial
23:15 - 23:30Closing RemarksPlenary


09:00 - 10:30Doctoral Training at Universities - Potential and ChallengesPartner
11:00 - 12:30The Significance of Gender at Higher Education Institutions - Gender Diversity and Feminism, Blessing or Curse?Partner