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Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and power

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Ruth Dreifuss, former Swiss Minister of the Interior and now chairman of the Global Commission on Drug Policy in Geneva, shares her insights into social and gender policy in a traditional Alpbach fireside talk, explains what goals have already been achieved and the steps still to be taken.


Former President and Minister of Home Affairs, Swiss Confederation; Chair, Global Commission on Drug Policy, Geneva
Co-Founder & Co-Director, Business Riot, Vienna Chair

M. Sc. Dr. Ruth DREIFUSS

Former President and Minister of Home Affairs, Swiss Confederation; Chair, Global Commission on Drug Policy, Geneva

1971 Degree in economics with special focus on econometrics, Geneva
1993-2002 Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, Swiss government
1999 President of the Swiss Confederation

Mag.a BA MA Katharina BRANDL

Co-Founder & Co-Director, Business Riot, Vienna

2004-2011 Diploma Programme in Political Science, University of Vienna
2009-2011 Assistant to the Head of the Research Focus "Empirical Visual Aesthetics", Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna
2010-2014 BA in Art History, University of Vienna
2011-2014 Scientific Administrator, Cognitive Science Research Platform, University of Vienna
2014 Researcher, Austrian Contribution to the Architectural Biennale 2014, Venice
2014-2015 Tutor & Teaching Assistant, Department of Art History, University of Vienna
2014-2015 Project Manager for studio das weisse haus, , Vienna
2014-2017 Co-Founder & Chairwoman, Sorority, Vienna
since 2015 Freelance curator and writer in contemporary art
since 2015 Co-Founder & Executive, Business Riot, Vienna
2016 Managing editor, online magazine of Irmgard Griss' campaign for the Austrian Presidential Election 2016, Vienna
since 2016 Co-Founder & Executive, kathe Konzeptbüro GesbR., Vienna
since 2016 PhD Program in Art History, University of Basel
since 2016 Doctoral Fellowship, eikones Graduate School, University of Basel

Political Symposium

show timetable


14:00 - 18:00Professional Programme "Our World's Future"Partner
15:00 - 18:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner
15:00 - 18:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner


09:00 - 12:00Devil's diplomacyPartner
09:00 - 12:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
10:00 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and powerPartner
10:00 - 12:00The 2016 US election behind the scenesPlenary
14:00 - 16:30Opening: values and visions of a united EuropePlenary
17:00 - 18:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary


08:30 - 09:30Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Talia SassonPartner
12:30 - 14:00Lunch receptionBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social MediaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe's next narrativeBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territoryBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations?Breakout
17:30 - 19:00Security and liberty in the digital futurePlenary
19:30 - 21:00Green Innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary


09:00 - 12:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary