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Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for Kids

Breakout / Science Bastler
in deutscher Sprache

The children’s programme of the Alpbach Technology Forum invites girls and boys aged seven to twelve years to solve the questions of “How?” and “Why?” in science and technology in an entertaining way. They get a chance to experience research hands-on and ask questions freely, thus gaining access to scientific themes in an enticing, surprising and above all comprehensible way. These are experiences that stimulate children to think and explore further and will also be passed on to a broader audience together with the radio programme “OE1 Children’s University”.

Where are the borders between cities and the countryside? A planning workshop for children

Are there still borders or do our living spaces fuse more and more? Is that something we should want? What are the advantages and disadvantages and how would we plan our future environment? In this planning workshop we will explore the foundations of our living space and develop and implement our ideas with models and plans. In this process the kids will be accompanied by experts in regional and urban planning, architecture and the arts.

Participants: Only children of participants of the Technology Forum aged 7 to 12 years or children from the village of Alpbach with special invitations may be registered for this special programme.

Please note: limited number of participants, registration necessary!

Information and registration:

Claudia Klement

Telephone +43 (50) 550-2045


Head of Radio Broadcasting, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna Introduction
Director General, Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Vienna Introduction
Research Fellow, Institute of Design.Studio 2, University of Innsbruck
Senior Lecturer, Institute of Design Studio 1, University of Innsbruck
Assisstant Professor, Institute of Experimental Architecture./studio3, University of Innsbruck
Architect; Founder and Director, bilding - School of Art and Architecture for Kids and Teens; Member of the Board, aut. architektur und tirol, Wattens Chair
Managing Director, Young University Innsbruck Chair
Channelmanager, Programme Radio 1, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna Coordination

Mag. Karl AMON

Head of Radio Broadcasting, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

1971-1975 Studium der Sozial-und Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Universität Wien
1975 Freier Mitarbeiter des ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk sowie Herausgeber der regionalpolitischen Nachrichten der AK NÖ
1980 Business School of Economics, Folkstone, GB
1981 ORF Wirtschaftsredaktion, Zeit im Bild und Wirtschaftsmagazin - Schilling
1986 Wechsel zur ZiB1/Innenpolitik
1990 Stellvertretender Leiter der ZiB2
1991 Medienakademie Hamburg, Führungskräfteschulung
1992 Chefredakteur ORF-Landesstudio Wien
1999 ORF-Radio-Chefredakteur
seit 2000 Dozent an der Donau-Universität Krems und an der FH Wien für Journalismus und Medienmanagement
2007 Chefredakteur ORF-Fernsehinformation
seit 2010 ORF-Radiodirektor in Wien


Director General, Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Vienna

 Barbara Weitgruber was founding staff member and Director of the Office for International Relations and lecturer at Karl-Franzens Universität Graz and then Director of the Office for European Educational Co-operation of the Austrian Academic Exchange Service in Vienna. In December 1994 she joined the Austrian Ministry in charge of higher education and research as Director and later became Deputy Director General for Higher Education and Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations. Weitgruber holds a Master degree in English/American and Interdisciplinary Studies, a Certificate in Mass Media and a Translator´s Diploma in English from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois in Chicago where she started her professional career as a Fulbright Scholarship Holder and Teaching Assistant. She is - among others - member of the Task Force for Research, Technology and Innovation of the Austrian Federal Government, the Austrian Fulbright Commission, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, the European "Research Policy Group" and chair of the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria.


Architect; Founder and Director, bilding - School of Art and Architecture for Kids and Teens; Member of the Board, aut. architektur und tirol, Wattens

 Studium der Architektur an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien
seit 1995 als Architektin freischaffend tätig
seit 2005 auch Architekturvermittlerin im aut. architektur und tirol in Innsbruck
2009 Gründungsmitglied des Vereins "Initiative Baukulturvermittlung"
seit 2009 Leiterin der "KUNSCHTschule" für Kinder und Jugendliche
2012 Konzept und Organisation des Symposiums "get involved" zur Architektur- und Baukulturvermittlung im Rahmen der Architektur-Biennale Venedig

Dr. Silvia PROCK

Managing Director, Young University Innsbruck


Channelmanager, Programme Radio 1, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

seit 1985 Redakteur, Wissenschafts- und Bildungsredaktion, ORF-Hörfunk
  Gestalter von Sendungen in den Ö1-Reihen "Dimensionen", "Salzburger Nachtstudio" und "Radiokolleg",
  Moderator verschiedener Live-Sendungen
1999-2002 Ressortleiter, "Projektmanagement, Symposien, Programmentwicklung und -produktion"
  Zuständig für die inhaltliche Vorbereitung, Planung und Organisation der ORF "Zukunftssymposien" und anderer
  Redaktionelle Entwicklung des Internet-Wissenschaftskanals des ORF,
  Lehraufträge für Medienpädagogik und Wissenschaftskommunikation
2002-2019 Leiter, Ö1-Wissenschaftsredaktion
seit 2019 Programmleiter, Radio Ö1

Technology Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Technology BrunchSocial
11:00 - 11:10Opening of the Alpbach Technology Symposium 2014Plenary
11:10 - 12:00RTI Policy at the CrossroadsPlenary
12:00 - 13:45Industry 4.0 – The Next Industrial Revolution?Plenary
14:15 - 15:45Stanford, this Year’s Special Guest at the Technology Symposium: Innovation and the Culture of FailurePlenary
18:00 - 19:30Us and Our Brains – Neuroscience at the CrossroadsPlenary
19:45 - 21:00Evening ReceptionSocial
19:45 - 21:00Career LoungeSocial


07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 01: Technology – Global Market: Austrian Technologies for the Global MarketBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 02: Future Technology-Hotspots – Does Europe Stand a Chance?Breakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 03: The Challenge of Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for Successful CopingBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 04: Agile and Robust Supply Chains – How to Manage Volatility Across Your BusinessBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 05: Bioenergy – The Way to the Future or a Dead End?Breakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 06: The Cost of the City of the Future – Socio-Economic Aspects of Smart CitiesBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 07: Smart Energy: Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Energy TransitionBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 08: Science in Society – How to Overcome a DisjunctureBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 09: IP Strategies in Enterprises: Challenges for IP Management and Innovation PolicyBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 10: How to Finance Research – Publicly or Privately? New Models for a Globalised WorldBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 11: Innovations in Acoustics: Future Trends in Industry and Modern LifeBreakout
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
14:00 - 14:45Digital UniversityPlenary
14:45 - 16:15Open Science – The Place of and for People in Our KnowledgePlenary
16:30 - 18:00Cities at the CrossroadsPlenary
18:00 - 20:00Urban Innovators Challenge – The Future of CitiesPartner


07:00 - 08:30Complexity Science – IPlenary
08:30 - 09:15Complexity Science – IIPlenary
09:45 - 11:15Innovation at the Art Science InterfacePlenary
11:15 - 11:30Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology SymposiumPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Snack ReceptionSocial