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Theatre Performance: Free Association

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This year we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Sigmund Freud. Under the professional direction of Nona Sheppard and Joseph Kloska, a group of students from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London will develop an on-site performance dedicated to the doctor and great founder of psychoanalysis. In 1938, just a few months after the Nazi occupation of Vienna, Freud was forced to leave; he died in 1939 in London.

Founded in 1904 in London, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is one of England’s most renowned acting schools, from which famous names such as Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Hopkins and Roger Moore have emerged.

Vice President, European Forum Alpbach; Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Vienna Introduction
Actress, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art London
Actor, London
Playwright; Associate Director, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
Freelance Lighting Designer, London


Vice President, European Forum Alpbach; Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Vienna

1979-1986 Medical School, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
1986 Doctoral thesis, University Eye Hospital, Munich
Internal rotation in Ophthalmic Pathology Howe Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
1986-1987 Research Fellow, Institute of Immunology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
1987-1990 Resident in Ophthalmology, University Eye Hospital, Munich
1990-1992 Research Fellow in Photomedicine, Wellman Laboratories, Mass. General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1991-1992 Research Fellow in Ophthalmology, Retina-Department, Massachusetts Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1992-1993 Clinical Fellow in Medical Retina, University Eye Hospital, Medical University of Lübeck
1992-2004 Research Associate, Medical Laser Center, University of Lübeck, Germany
1993-1995 Instructor in Ophthalmology, University Eye Hospital Lübeck
1996-1999 Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, University Eye Hospital Lübeck
2000-2004 Professor in Ophthalmology
since 2004 Appointment at the University of Vienna, Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology
2008 Visiting Professorship: Mc Gill University / Montreal / Canada
since 2009 Lecturer, ESASO - European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology, Lugano
Lecturer, PhD-Program at CeMM, Center for Molecular Medicine, Academy of Sciences, Vienna
since 2010 Elected member of the Senate, MUW - Medical University of Vienna

Laura Naomi CRANSTON

Actress, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art London

2003-2006 BA Hons 1st Class English Literature, University of Durham
2007-2010 BA Acting, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
2010 Shakespeare's Globe - Anne Boleyn
Popatron - BBC 2 Television
2011-2014 Temporary roles, Project Administration and Personal Assistant, Nesta, London
2011 Shakespeare's Globe, All's Well that Ends Well, London
The Glass Slipper, Northern Stage, Newcastle
2012 Doctors, BBC 1
2013 A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bristol Old Vic and International Tour
2014 A Midsummer Night's Dream, Barbican Centre and International Tour
For the Birds, OtherFoot, RADA Festival, London


1986 Graduated Rada
1988-1994 Worked with Kenneth Branagh's Renaisance Theatre Co and Renaisance Films
 inc Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and films: Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing
1994 Film: Mary Shelly's Frankenstein
1997-2000 Co-founded Revolve Theatre Co., Work inc. Measure for Measure and Jean Genet's Deathwatch
2001 Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier for Vienna's English Theatre
since 2004 Rada-Cunard Project
since 2006 Member of Rada Audition Panel


Actor, London

1999-2003 University College London, Paris IV Sorbonne, BA (first class hons) History and French
2003-2006 Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, BA Acting
2006-2007 BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Award
2007 Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, The Vertical Hour (Royal Court)
2008 Three Sisters (Royal Exchange), Fast Labour (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
2009 Made in Dagenham, Pete versus Life (Channel 4)
2010 Comedy of Errors (Regents Park)
2011 The School for Scandal (Barbican), Measure for Measure, Written on the Heart (RSC)
2012 Written on the Heart (West End), Tom and Jenny (BBC)
2013 The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Moby-Dick (Simple8/Arcola)
2014 Boeing Boeing (Sheffield Crucible), The Christmas Truce (RSC)


Playwright; Associate Director, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London

 Nona Shepphard is a freelance writer, director and deviser with over 150 productions and 40 commissioned plays to her credit. Her plays for a young audience recieved several awards and have been presented in the USA, Canada, Europe and Russia. Among her most recent writings are: "Signs of a Star-Shaped Diva" for GraeaeTheatre Company/Theatre Royal Stratford and Therese Raquin a musical version of Emile Zola's novel. She is the Associate Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Creative Director of RADA Enterprises.


Freelance Lighting Designer, London

Elizabeth WINKLER

 Theatre and Television credits
2005 Graduated RADA
2006 Into the Woods (Derby Playhouse, Theatre)
2007 The Man of Mode (National Theatre),
2008 A Matter of Life and Death, (National Theatre)
2009 Hobson's Choice (Chichester/No1 Tour, Theatre)
Major Barbara, (National Theatre)
The Revengers Tragedy, (National Theatre)
2010 Cinderella's Sisters (Red Earth, Theatre)
Much Ado about Nothing (Derby Live, Theatre)
2011 The Power of Yes (National Theatre)
Doctors (BBC Television)
Stephen and the Sexy Partridge ( Trafalgar Studio's, Theatre)
The Prince of Homburg (Donmar Warehouse, Theatre)
2012 Persuasion (Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre),
Frankenstein (National Theatre)
2013 The Country Wife (Manchester Royal Exchange, Theatre)
The Johnny and Inel Show.(BBC Television)
The Taming of the Shrew (Derby Playhouse, Theatre)
2014 Boeing Boeing (Sheffield Crucible, Theatre)

Health Symposium

show timetable


18:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial


07:00 - 07:15OpeningPlenary
07:15 - 10:00Abstracting and Synthesising Human NaturePlenary
10:00 - 10:15Introduction to the Breakout SessionsPlenary
11:00 - 12:00Debate: Abstracting and Synthesising Human NaturePlenary
11:45 - 12:00Eleven Questions for the Future of the Austrian Health Care SystemBreakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 01: Using Big Data to Create a Citizen-Oriented Healthcare System by 2025?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 02: Big Data – Self-Determined Individual Health Behaviour or Skilful Manipulation?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 03: Is Data Protection an Obstacle to the Further Development of Our Healthcare System?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 04: Predictive Genetics – The Right to Know or Not to Know?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 05: Genes Are Unfair – Who Has to Suffer the Consequences?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 06: The Individual Genome – Fate, Opportunity or Obligation?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 07: Doping for the Brain – Individual Freedom or Social Responsibility?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 08: The Findings of Brain Research – A Blessing or a Curse?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 09: Neurosciences and Brain Research – What Do We Make of New Findings?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 10: Health Promotion – Easier Said than Done. What Can Health Promotion Contribute to Public Health by 2025?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 11: Reorienting Health Services – From Cure to PreventionBreakout
14:30 - 15:15Consolidation and Evaluation of the Future ScenariosBreakout
16:00 - 19:00Reception on the HillSocial
19:30 - 20:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture


02:30 - 06:00Sunrise Hike with Peter Habeler to GratlspitzSocial
07:00 - 08:45Future Scenarios for the Austrian Healthcare System 2025Plenary
09:15 - 11:00Modernising Communication in Primary HealthcarePlenary
11:15 - 12:45Health Talk – Nutrition 2.0Social
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 01: Healthy Choices – Promoting Healthy BehaviourPartner
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 02: Tyroleans are Healthier. But Why?Partner
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 03: How much Evidence-Based Medicine is Appropriate? – The Example of AustriaPartner
13:30 - 17:00Partner Session 04: Can Chemical Leasing Improve Hygiene Management in Healthcare?Partner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 05: Cross-Border Healthcare in Practice – Patients’ Rights in the EUPartner
17:00 - 18:30Vienna Lectures: “Brainier, Better, More Beautiful… – Can Humans Be Optimised?”Culture