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Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young people

Breakout / Working Group
german language

Topic: Engineering our Future

Junior Alpbach offers young people ages 13-17 the opportunity to participate in lectures, discussions and hands-on activities that run parallel to the themes discussed in the Technology Forum.

The Engineering Design Experience

“A World in Motion” is the SAE Foundation’s educational arm focused on school aged children and has developed this unique program that involves design, development and presentation of an engineering project.
The challenge: A (fictitious) toy company, “Green Design Toys”, has challenged Junior Alpbach to develop a motor-driven wheeled vehicle that is made from environmentally benign materials, powered with alternative power sources and is free of batteries. Can we do it?

Participants: Junior Alpbach is primarily intended for children of participants of the Technology Forum aged 12 to 17 years. For the special program “Junior Alpbach” only children of participants of the Technology Forum may be registered or children that have special invitations from the Ministry.
Please note: limited number of participants!

Information and registration:
Karin Kohlfürst
Highent Messe- und Eventagentur GesmbH
Weinitzenstraße 1, 8045 Graz
Telefon: +43 (316) 69 88 44-0, Fax: +43 (316) 69 88 44-22, E-Mail:


Director, SAE Foundation and Pre-College Education Programs, SAE International, Pittsburgh
Member of the Council, European Forum Alpbach, Graz Coordination

B.Sc. M.Ed. Matthew M. MILLER

Director, SAE Foundation and Pre-College Education Programs, SAE International, Pittsburgh

 A U.S. Army veteran, Miller received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University, Pennsylvania, and his Master of Education degree from Duquesne University.
 More than 4.5 million U.S. students have participated in "A World in Motion" (AWIM), a program led by Matthew Miller, Director for the SAE Foundation and Pre-College Education Programs, to engage youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
 A former primary school teacher, Miller blends hands-on, inquiry-based activities with dynamic teaching skills to create an effective formula for fun in the classroom involving teachers, students, and industry volunteers. By thinking outside-of-the-textbook, Miller uses everyday problem-solving situations as learning experiences that will help to shape the next generation of engineers. Miller s accomplishments include doubling AWIM s curricula offerings and developing the Jet Toy Olympics, a race featuring balloon-powered vehicles.

Technology Forum

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Technology brunch of the Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:10Opening by the European Forum AlpbachPlenary
13:10 - 14:00Welcome statementsPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Pathways out of the crisis - new perspectives through research and innovation?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00The future of stem cell researchPlenary
20:00 - 21:30A look at the past - the secrets of our originPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Evening reception hosted by Forschung Austria in cooperation with GFF and BMVITSocial


09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Technology Workshop: Trend radar of developments in societyBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 01: Can we trust in feed and food?Breakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 02: An international comparison of research, technology and innovation-policy (RTI) strategiesBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 03: "Sowing and harvesting" in bio(techno)logical research: From the atomic structure of proteins to the discovery of new drugs and their clinical applicationBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 04: Biomedical and pharmaceutical engineering - key technologies of the 21st centuryBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 05: Infratech - a chance in crisisBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 06: Creativity - fuel for the knowledge society?Breakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 07: Creative industries vs. old economy: where is the economy headed?Breakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 08: Universities: responsibility for the futureBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 09: Trust in the future - investment in researchBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 10: Digital Government - citizens and administration in a conflict areaBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 11: E-Mobility AustriaBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and technology for kidsBreakout
10:00 - 15:00Special Event: Positioning Austria in the international knowledge areaBreakout
16:30 - 17:45Creativity. How kids learn - learning like kids do?Plenary
18:15 - 20:00Innovative research locations - regions in competitionPlenary


09:30 - 10:45Can we trust in science? Integrity in scientific researchPlenary
10:45 - 11:30The future of the universe - perspectives for astrophysics and cosmologyPlenary
12:00 - 13:00I-Brain - the technological evolution of the brain?Plenary
13:00 - 13:15Closing statementPlenary
13:15 - 14:00Snack receptionSocial