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Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young people

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

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.

Kathryn LIST

Member of the Council, European Forum Alpbach, Graz

Technology Forum

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Technology brunch of the Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
11:00 - 11:10Opening by the European Forum AlpbachPlenary
11:10 - 12:00Welcome statementsPlenary
12:00 - 14:00Pathways out of the crisis – new perspectives through research and innovation?Plenary
14:30 - 16:00The future of stem cell researchPlenary
18:00 - 19:30A look at the past – the secrets of our originPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Evening reception hosted by Forschung Austria in cooperation with GFF and BMVITSocial


07:00 - 13:30Working Group 01: Can we trust in feed and food?Breakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 02: An international comparison of research, technology and innovation-policy (RTI) strategiesBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working 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
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 04: Biomedical and pharmaceutical engineering – key technologies of the 21st centuryBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 05: Infratech – a chance in crisisBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 06: Creativity – fuel for the knowledge society?Breakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 07: Creative industries vs. old economy: where is the economy headed?Breakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 08: Universities: responsibility for the futureBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 09: Trust in the future – investment in researchBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 10: Digital Government – citizens and administration in a conflict areaBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 11: E-Mobility AustriaBreakout
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and technology for kidsBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Technology Workshop: Trend radar of developments in societyBreakout
08:00 - 13:00Special Event: Positioning Austria in the international knowledge areaBreakout
14:30 - 15:45Creativity. How kids learn – learning like kids do?Plenary
16:15 - 18:00Innovative research locations – regions in competitionPlenary


07:30 - 08:45Can we trust in science? Integrity in scientific researchPlenary
08:45 - 09:30The future of the universe – perspectives for astrophysics and cosmologyPlenary
10:00 - 11:00I-Brain – the technological evolution of the brain?Plenary
11:00 - 11:15Closing statementPlenary
11:15 - 12:00Snack receptionSocial