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Distinguished Scholar, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington Abstract
Annihilation From Within: Will Technology Overwhelm The World Order?
The greatest threat to our security arises from the widening divergence between the world order and the ceaseless advances of science and technology. To understand the growing incompatibility between the political world order and technology we need to comprehend the historic forces that caused it. During the last 250 years, technological progress has brought us ever more wealth and longer lives, yet it now enables evildoers to inflict cataclysmic disasters. And globalization proliferates technology across our planet, whether beneficial or harmful.
Until the eighteenth century, man's scientific prowess had to move in harmony with religious beliefs and societal traditions. But now, technology and science have acquired an inner dynamic that is nearly self-sustaining while governance and international affairs lag behind, moving in a zigzag course from democracy to dictatorship and back to democracy, from theocratic rule to religious tolerance and back to theocracy, and so on.
Consider global warming. The accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is largely due to continuing industrialization, in which nation states played the leading role. Yet, by itself a nation cannot arrest the greenhouse effect, and the international community cannot marshal the political power to impose the necessary constraints on industries and businesses.
Similar discrepancies between the political order and the technological momentum bedevil nuclear proliferation. Other examples are the emerging ethical problems of brain science, and the misuse of biotechnology to develop more lethal biological weapons. Mankind, alas, became entrapped in a Faustian bargain and we are unlikely to find an exit until after a major upheaval.
Chancellor, University of Alberta, Edmonton Abstract
Critical Importance of Oil Sands Development and Innovation to our Collective Future

Uncertainty regarding adequate and secure supplies of energy at affordable prices is a key threat to our global economy. A careful examination of recent shifts in energy supply and demand across the globe, taking into account current geopolitical realities and available technology, reveals an increasingly high-risk environment. Proposed strategies to counterbalance these risks include consideration of the enormous potential of Canada's oil sands as well as key investments in innovation and education. The world will need every form of energy we have over the next generation and beyond. A review of the scope and development of Canada's oil sands reveals that investment and innovation will play a critical role in securing our global energy future over the long-term.
Freie Journalistin, Wien Chair

Ph.D. Fred Charles IKLE

Distinguished Scholar, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington

 Dr. Ikle was Undersecretary of Defense for Policy during the first and second Reagan administration. From 1973 to 1977, he served Presidents Nixon and Ford as Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarment Agency. From 1979 to 1980, he was coordinator of Governor Ronald Reagan's foreign policy advisers. Dr. Ikle served for nine years as a director of the National Endowment for Democracy, and in 1999 to 2000 as Commissioner on the National Commission on Terrorism. He was chairman of Telos Corporation and director of the advisory board of Zurich Financial Services. From 1968 to 1972, Dr. Ikle was head of the Social Science Department of the RAND Corporation. From 1964 to 1967, he was professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is presently a Governor of the Smith Richardson Foundation and a Director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.


Chancellor, University of Alberta, Edmonton

 Holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science in Management Studies from the University of Birmingham, England.
  work he worked with Imperial Oil Ltd. and Esso Petroleum Canada Ltd.
1989-2003 Served as Chief Executive Officer of Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Chair of the Board beginning in 1997. Prior to this
  Task Force, which developed a comprehensive new energy vision for Canada.
1995 As Past President of the Alberta Chamber of Resources, he spearheaded the creation of the National Oil Sands
2003 Retired as Chair of the Board and CEO of Syncrude Canada Ltd.


Freie Journalistin, Wien

1984-2009 Ressort Innenpolitik in der Radio-Information, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk
1991-1997 Ressortleiterin, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk
1997-2002 Sendungsverantwortliche "Report", Moderation des politischen TV-Wochenmagazins des ORF "Report"
1999 Sendungsverantwortung für "Report International"
2001 Sendungsverantwortung für "Europa-Panorama"
2002-2005 Moderation von "Modern Times", des Zukunftsmagazins des ORF
2002-2009 Leiterin der Hauptabteilung "Bildung und Zeitgeschehen", ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk
seit 2009 Freie Journalistin und Moderatorin

Technology Forum

show timetable


10:00 - 23:00Presentation of the three Christian Doppler Laboratories concerning allergiesCulture
10:00 - 12:00Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:20Welcome addressPlenary
13:20 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Global warmingPlenary
16:30 - 18:15The frontiers of science [in cooperation with the Institute of Science and Technology Austria]Plenary
20:00 - 21:30Looking insidePlenary
21:30 - 23:30Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent AustriaSocial


09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 01: The risk and the new - 'risk governance'Breakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 02: The changing industrial landscape  challenges, opportunities, strategiesBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 03: Climate change and risk governance - the role of research, science and innovationBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 05: New initiatives and models of the 7th EU Framework Programme on Research to enhance European competitiveness - European technology platforms from the Austrian and the European points of viewBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 05: The end of IT-innovation - the growth opportunity for Europe?Breakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 06: The impact of climate change on mobility - challenges for infrastructure and private transportBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 07: Design by nature - nature's contribution to industrial progressBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 08: Smart WellbeingBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 09: The five sensesBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 10: Technology transfer in European regionsBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 11: The phenomenon of Second Life - the creation of a new world?Breakout
09:00 - 18:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and technology for kidsBreakout
09:30 - 15:30Special event: Bulgaria and Romania as partners in EUropean science and researchBreakout
15:00 - 16:30Regions and global competitionPlenary
16:30 - 18:00The future - dream or realityPlenary
18:30 - 20:00The five sensesPlenary
20:00 - 23:30Reception hosted by the Province of Lower AustriaSocial


09:00 - 10:00What changed?Plenary
10:00 - 11:00SecurityPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Junior Alpbach and Ö1 Children's University Alpbach 2007Plenary
12:00 - 13:00Science & technology, entrepreneurship & societyPlenary
13:00 - 13:20A look back and a view aheadPlenary
13:20 - 14:30Reception hosted by Microsoft AustriaSocial