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Regional Debate Central Eastern Europe

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Austria benefited in many ways from the EU’s enlargement towards the East. Cooperations between the Vienna Region (Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland) with the neighbouring countries Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary have been especially successful. Research enterprises and a broad network of university and non-university R&D institutions have great potential for the future.


Industrialist; President of the Supervisory Board, AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna
Senior Economist, Science and Technology Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris Abstract
Innovation is a driving force behind structural change in OECD countries. This presentation will explore the experience of central and eastern European countries in mobilizing R&D and innovation to upgrade industrial competitiveness and insert firms in global value chains.
Director General, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna Abstract
The political and economic development of Central and Eastern Europe is of significant importance for the Austrian industry. Austrian companies have invested 70bn euro in the region so far and rank among the top three investors in most countries. On average Austria ranks 3rd (12 % of all foreign direct investment) among the investors in the new EU member states, behind the Netherlands and Germany.
Trade in the region is also looking positive: in 2014 Austria exported 22.8bn euro in goods to Central and Eastern European countries and imported 19.5 bn euro in goods, amounting to 17.8% of all Austrian exports and 15% of all imports. Austria’s strong ties to banks, insurances and law firms in the CEE region make it an excellent platform for CEECs doing business with other member states.

Nevertheless there is still a plethora of opportunities from cross-border cooperation that has not been fully utilised so far. Concerning bilateral relationships between Austria and the Central and Eastern European countries we face a discrepancy between trade relationships on the one hand and innovation relationships on the other.
Strategic partnerships to selected research projects between Austria and the CEECs are a great opportunity to boost Europe’s competitiveness in the medium and long term and provide access to these more dynamic markets. Above all they offer greater visibility for the region and a chance to firmly establish its place in Europe.
President, National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary; Ordinary Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest Abstract
Competition and cooperation are the main drivers of all kinds of development. Nowadays innovation is the main vehicle of competition, which by its very nature creates inequalities. On the other hand, inequalities are essential and beneficial for development, but only to a certain limit. After this limit inequalities will hinder development.
The art of every policy is to find the right balance of competition and cooperation to maintain sustainable growth.
These general rules apply to the research, development and innovation policy in Europe, and the central issue of our regional debate should be how to find new ways to reach and maintain this balance in Europe.
Central and eastern European countries benefited from the accession to the European Union, but these benefits are not automatic. If we look just the field of research, development and innovation, we clearly see the benefits in the access to advanced research infrastructure or the European grants (e.g. ERC), but the membership fees in these research infrastructures are very high compared to the research budgets of these states, and the best researchers may leave these countries.
We have to try to answer the question that what are the tasks or duties of the governments and research communities of the CEE countries, and what are the possibilities of the European Union to bring out the most of the enlargement as far as the competitiveness of the whole EU concerned.
Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Vienna Chair

Dkfm. Dr. Hannes ANDROSCH

Industrialist; President of the Supervisory Board, AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna

1959 Diplomkaufmann
1963-1967 Zunächst Sekretär, dann Konsulent für Wirtschaftsfragen des Parlamentsklubs der SPÖ
1966 Beeideter Buchprüfer und Steuerberater
1967 Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat
1968 Beeideter Wirtschaftsprüfer und Steuerberater
  Promotion zum Doktor der Wirtschaftswissenschaften
bis 1970 Staatskommissär-Stellvertreter bei der Zentralsparkasse der Gemeinde, Wien
1970-1981 Bundesminister für Finanzen
1976-1981 Vizekanzler der Republik Österreich
1979 Vorsitzender der OECD auf Ministerebene
1980 Vorsitzender des Interimskomitees des Weltwährungsfonds
1981-1988 Stellvertretender Generaldirektor (Jänner - Juni 1981), dann Generaldirektor der Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1988-1989 Konsulent der Weltbank
1989 Gründung der AIC Androsch International Management Consulting GmbH
1994 Beginn des Aufbaues einer industriellen Beteiligungsgruppe
2004 Errichtung der gemeinnützigen "Stiftung Hannes Androsch bei der Österreichischen Akademie der
2010 Regierungskommissär für die österreichische Beteiligung an der Expo 2010, Shanghai
2011 Initiator des Bildungsvolksbegehrens


Senior Economist, Science and Technology Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris

 Mario Cervantes is senior economist/principal administrator at the OECD's Science and Technology Policy Division. In particular he is responsible for the Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP). With more than 15 years experience in innovation policy, Mr. Cervantes has written on a range of topics from industry-science relations, human resources in S&T, technology incubators, university patenting and licensing, open innovation and globalisation and more recently on innovation for social challenges. Current activities include the study of the changing nature of innovation and the policy implications as well as work on demand-side policies for innovation.
 A graduate of Columbia University (MA - international economics), the University of California at Santa Barbara (BA economics and political science) and the Institut d' Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Mr. Cervantes has also studied at the Berkman Center, Harvard Law School where he obtained a certificate in internet law, and was a Sloan Fellow in public policy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to joining OECD, Mr. Cervantes worked as a researcher at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (C.I.T.I) at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York.

Mag. Christoph NEUMAYER

Director General, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna

 Studies of History, Journalism and Law, University of Vienna
 Graduation with honors (Mag.phil) in History and Communication Science
 Degree from the 32nd Post Graduate Management University Course at the Vienna University of Economics and Business
 7th Strategic Leadership Course of the LVAK (Austrian National Defence Academy) on behalf of the Federal Government and the National Security Council
 Postgraduate Diploma in General Management, ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Berlin
1991-1992 Press spokesman of the Vienna branch of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)
1992-1997 Permanent freelancer in the editorial department for ethnic minorities of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF)
1997-1998 Press Officer, Federation of Austrian Industries (IV), Editor-in-Chief of "Industry News Service"
1998-1999 Federal Managing Director of Young Industry / Group 1031
1999-2001 Manager of the IV Newsroom, Federation of Austrian Industries (IV)
2001-2011 Director of Marketing & Communication Federation of Austrian Industries (IV)
since 2011 Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV)


President, National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary; Ordinary Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

1977 MSc, József Attila University, Szeged
1977-1981 PhD Student, Institute for Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1981 PhD, Kossuth University, Debrecen
1981-1989 Staff Scientist
1983-1985 Postdoctoral Fellow, Cyclotron Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station
1988-1989 Visiting Scientist, Manne Siegbahn Institute, Stockholm
1989 Doctor, Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1989-1990 Senior Scientist, Institute for Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1991-1996 Director, Institute for Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1994 Habilitation, Kossuth University, Debrecen
1995 Corresponding Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
since 1995 Research Professor, Institute for Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
since 1995 Professor, Physics, Department of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Science, Kossuth University, Debrecen
1996-1997 President, University of Debrecen
1996-2013 Head, Department of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Debrecen
1998-2001 State Secretary of Education
2001-2002 Minister of Education
2004 Ordinary Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2006-2013 Director, Institute of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Debrecen
2007-2008 President, Centre of Arts, Humanities and Sciences, University of Debrecen
2008-2014 President, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2014 Prime Ministers Office, Government Commissioner for Research, Development and Innovation
since 2015 President, National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary

Rainer NOWAK

Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Vienna

1992-1997 Study of History and Political Science (without completing)
1994 Freelancer "Vorarlberger Nachrichten"
1996 Entry to "Die Presse"
2002 Editor, Domestic Policy Department, "Die Presse", Vienna
2004 Appointment to Department head "Chronik/Wien", "Die Presse", Vienna
2009 Appointment to Editorial Director for the new "Presse am Sonntag", Vienna
2010 Appointment to Head of Domestic Policy, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2012 Editor-in-Chief, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2014 Publisher, "Die Presse", Vienna
2017 Appointment as Managing Director, "Die Presse", Vienna

Technology Symposium

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10:00 - 12:30Technology BrunchSocial
13:00 - 13:10Opening of the Alpbach Technology Symposium 2015Plenary
13:10 - 14:00RTI Policy TalkPlenary
14:00 - 15:30Living with the Machine in the FuturePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Cyber Physical SystemsPlenary
19:45 - 21:15Regional Debate Central Eastern EuropePlenary
21:15 - 23:30Career LoungeSocial
21:15 - 23:30Evening ReceptionSocial


09:00 - 10:30BioeconomyPlenary
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
10:50 - 12:15Complexity SciencePlenary
12:15 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: 2015: The End of Energy RevolutionBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: Bio-Economy in Action: National Bio-Economy Strategies in ComparisonBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Human Enhancement Technologies: Amplifying or Reducing InequalityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: Research Promotion at the Interfaces of Risk, Creativity and MainstreamBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Market Upheavals: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: Entrepreneurship: What Can Science Contribute?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Games of InEqualityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: Physical Internet: A Seismic Shift for Logistics and MobilityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Dynamics by Heterogeneity: How Economy and Research Profit from DiversityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: Energy Transition: Same Goal - Different WaysBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: A Market Breakthrough Ahead?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: A Bright Future? Challenges and Opportunities for LED LightingBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: Truth and Reality: The Importance of Models in Economy, Science and PhilosophyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 14: Virtual Learning: InEquality in Education?Breakout
20:00 - 21:30Urban Innovators Challenge - Start Up Your CompanyPartner


09:00 - 10:30MIT and its Media Lab, Special Guest at this Year's Technology SymposiumPlenary
10:30 - 11:30InEquality: The New Silk RoadPlenary
11:50 - 13:15Art, Design and Architecture as a Laboratory of Digital ModernityPlenary
13:15 - 13:30Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology SymposiumPlenary
13:30 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial