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Global competition for global talents

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Nobel Laureate for Physics; Professor of Theoretical Physics, Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University
Co-Founder, Morningside Group; Director, The Morningside Foundation, Shanghai Abstract
The recent aggressive moves of many multi-national pharmaceutical companies into China serves to illustrate China's changing appeal from having cheap labour and a large market to being a place to access R&D talent. The Chinese government plays an active role in attracting such companies to China. The overall climate has also become attractive for experienced Chinese professionals overseas to return to China to further their careers or to start companies. The bottleneck has been with the private sector which has been slow to come up with adequate risk capital. The Chinese higher education system will also be considered in light of its mission to supply trained talents for industry and academia.
Chairwoman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Peking Union Medical College, Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing Abstract
Competing successfully for global talent begins with the local environment. Upon finishing college in China, I went to the US for graduate education. After spending thirteen years in schools in New England, I found myself encountering reverse culture shock after accepting an offer from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing. But on my career path to excellence, I found that I do not need to look far beyond my present environs for role models. In the last century, many Anglo-American educated professors came to work at Peking Union Medical College, which was founded by the Rockefeller Foundation. There they made unique contributions to human health and created the nucleus of talent that made Peking Union Medical College the best medical school in the Far East.
Professor of Applied Mathematics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge; Professor of Applied Analysis, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Cambridge Abstract
Mathematics is the basis for scientific insight and for the development of technology, in fact mathematics IS high technology. The common image of the mathematician sitting in his spartanic office with paper and pencil, thinking and working in a solitary way, is not true anymore. Mathematicians were at the forefront of the internet revolution and are nowadays embedded in highly international and often interdisciplinary research networks. Since mathematics is not a lab-based experimental science which uses lots of high tech equipment (except computers which nowadays can be accessed from almost anywhere) job mobility is easy for mathematicians.
This implies particular challenges for scientific institutions, who aim to hire international top mathematicians. This and 'Why does a top research institution need top mathematicians' will be discussed in detail.
President Emeritus, Jacobs University Bremen Chair

Dr. Gerard 'T HOOFT

Nobel Laureate for Physics; Professor of Theoretical Physics, Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University

 Studied Physics and Mathematics at the University of Utrecht
1969 Staff member at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Utrecht University, then Assistant Professor
1976 Morris Loeb Lecturer at Harvard University
1976-1977 Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) at Stanford University
since 1977 Full professor at Utrecht University
1988 Guest professor of Boston University
 Simon Stevin Leerstoel, Antwerpen, Belgium
1989 Guest professor of Duke University, Durham NC

Dr. Gerald CHAN

Co-Founder, Morningside Group; Director, The Morningside Foundation, Shanghai

1972 B.Sc., M.Sc. in Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
1975 Master of Science in Medical Radiological Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1979 Doctor of Science in Radiation Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1979-1980 Postdoctoral Fellow in Radiobiology, Harvard School of Public Health
1980-1984 Research Fellow in Pathology, Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
1984-1985 Private Investor
 Company Directorship:
1986 Co-founder and Director, The Morningside Group Limited
since 1986 Hang Lung Group Limited, one of the largest China-focused real estate companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
since 1993 Morningside (China) Company Ltd., an investment management company which manages a portfolio of operating companies in mainland China in diverse industries including paper, building materials, machinery, media, communication, biotechnology and health care
since 1996 Natural Polymer International Corporation, Richardson, Texas, a technology company which develops and manufactures biodegradable plastic substitute materials
since 1996 The Morningside Foundation
since 2002 Morningside (HBR) Limited, Publisher of the Harvard Business Review, Chinese edition
since 2002 Bright Wealth Resources Limited, Publisher of Forbes magazine, Chinese edition
  Vaccine Technologies Inc, Boston, Massachusetts and Haikou, China, developer of a Hepatitis B vaccine using a novel route of antigen presentation
since 2004 Serica Technologies, Medford, Massachusetts, a clinical development stage biotech company with a technology for soft tissue regeneration
since 2005 Metacure, Inc, Israel and New York based company, maker of an implantable device which uses electrical signals to reduce appetite for food as treatment for obesity and diabetes
since 2006 Critical Biologics Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, a biotech company developing diagnostics and a biologic therapeutic for sepsis and end-stage renal disease
since 2007 Stealth Peptide Inc., a biotech company developing a series of small peptides which protect the mitochondria from oxidative stress
since 2007 Matrivax, a biotech company based in Boston, Massachusetts and Haikou, China, with novel technology for making multivalent polysaccharide vaccines
since 2008 Inimex Pharmaceuticals, Vancouver, Canada, developing first-in-class drugs for infectious diseases and cancer that work by triggering the body s innate immune system without causing inflammation

Ph.D. Chengyu JIANG

Chairwoman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Peking Union Medical College, Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing

 Obtained her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1997 and followed by postdoc at Harvard Medical School before joining PUMC in 2003. Her research is to elucidate molecular pathogenesis of RNA viruses such as SARS-CoV, Avian Flu, Influenza, HIV, HCV, EV71, and Ebola. Dr. Jiang has published extensively in numerous peer reviewed journals including Nature, Nature Medicine, Cell, and PNAS. She is also an inventor of a number of international patents. Some of the patents are exclusively licensed to a top 5 international pharmaceutical company and an international biotech company. She has served as member of the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) fellowship committee and as the chairwoman in the year of 2007/2008. She is also the vice editor-in-chief of "Science in China" and associate editor of several journals including Journal of Molecular and Cell Biology.

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Peter A. MARKOWICH

Professor of Applied Mathematics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge; Professor of Applied Analysis, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Cambridge

1979 Dipl.-Ing. (Master of Engineering), Technische Universität Wien
1980 Dr. techn., Technische Universität Wien
1984 "Universitätsdozent" for Applied and Numerical Mathematics, Technische Universität Wien
1979-1980 Research Assistant, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Laxenburg, Austria
1980-1981 Research Assistant, Mathematics Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
1981-1982 Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department and Computer Science Department, University of Texas at Austin, USA
1982-1989 Assistant Professor, Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics, Vienna University of Technology
1989 Visiting Professor, Centre des Mathematiques Appliquées, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris
1989-1990 Professor (C3), Department of Mathematics, Technische Universität Berlin
1990-1991 Full Professor, Department of Mathematics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
1991-1998 Professor (C4), Department of Mathematics, Technische Universität Berlin
1998-1999 o. Univ. Professor for Analysis, Institute of Analysis and Numerical Mathematics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
1999-2007 o. Univ. Professor for Applied Analysis, Department of Mathematics, University of Vienna
since 2007 Professor for Applied Mathematics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge and Professor of Applied Analysis, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna

Dr. Joachim TREUSCH

President Emeritus, Jacobs University Bremen

1970 Professur in Frankfurt
1971 Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Physik in Dortmund
1984-1986 Präsident der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft
seit 1987 Vorstandsmitglied der Kernforschungsanlage Jülich (KFA)
1993-1997 Vorsitzender der Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren
1995-1996 Präsident der Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte
1990-2006 Vorsitzender des Vorstands der Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
1999-2003 Vorsitzender des Deutschen Verbandes Technisch-Wissenschaftlicher Vereine
2000-2006 Vorsitzender des Lenkungsausschusses "Wissenschaft im Dialog"
2006-2012 Präsident der Jacobs University Bremen

Technology Forum

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10:00 - 12:30Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:20Opening by the European Forum AlpbachPlenary
13:20 - 14:00Plenary sessionPlenary
14:00 - 14:30Plenary sessionPlenary
15:00 - 15:45Ethics of sciencePlenary
15:45 - 16:30Stem cellsPlenary
17:00 - 18:00Politics and science - Advice through sciencePlenary
20:00 - 21:30BionicsPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent Austria AGSocial


09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 01: From basic research to economic valueBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 02: Research integrity in scienceBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 03: The myths of life sciences and their consequencesBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 04: Aviation and the environmentBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 05: Think Tanks in AustriaBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 06: Gender mainstreaming in science and development. Perceive realities and decide visionarilyBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 07: Success factor human resources - Regions in competitionBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 08: Climate change - The future of transportBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 09: The governance of applied research: responsibilities, independence and resourcesBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 10: Digital healthcareBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and technology for kidsBreakout
10:00 - 15:00Special Event: From the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe to the Regional Cooperation Council - A New Momentum for the Western Balkans' Perspective in Higher Education and Research?Breakout
10:00 - 16:00Working Group 11: Energy efficiency - Recognizing opportunities, utilizing potentialsBreakout
16:30 - 17:15The frontiers of science, part IPlenary
17:15 - 18:30Global competition for global talentsPlenary
20:00 - 21:30Information and communications infrastructures - The nerve centres of modern societiesPlenary


10:00 - 10:30Science education for a science-driven societyPlenary
10:30 - 11:15The frontiers of science, part IIPlenary
11:15 - 11:45The future of the environment and agriculturePlenary
12:00 - 12:15Junior Alpbach and Ö1 Children's University Alpbach 2008Plenary
12:15 - 13:15Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel prizePlenary
13:15 - 14:00Snack reception, hosted by AVL List GmbHSocial