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Vice President Global R&D, Baxter Bio Science, Vienna Abstract
Influenza is a viral respiratory disease which results in significant morbidity and mortality every year. At regular intervals in the past century global influenza pandemics have occurred which resulted in millions of deaths; the most dramatic pandemic being the Spanish flu of 1918-1919 which claimed more than 40 million lives. These pandemics occur at regular intervals due to the generation of new virus variants by a process of reassortment (mixing) of animal derived and human strains. These strains are then not recognized by the existing immunity generated to previously circulating strains and if especially virulent can result in devastating pandemics. An highly pathogenic avian strain of influenza which originated in Hong Kong in 1997, and reemerged in China in 2003 has now spread to a number of countries in South-East Asia. This virus (H5N1) is transmissible from hens to humans and is highly pathogenic with over 50% of infections being fatal. The virus has now been isolated from migrating wild-fowl and it is expected that the virus will now be carried from South-East Asia to Europe and North America. WHO has placed the world on alert that a mutation of this virus which would allow human to human transmission could result in millions of deaths world-wide. This presentation will describe the extent of this threat and the measures which need to be taken to prevent a global influenza pandemic.
Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft Europe, Middle East, Africa, Diegem
Chief Executive Officer of Verbund, Vienna Abstract
The coming decades will be dominated by the challenge of developing an energy-efficient, low carbon, energy-secure and competitive economy. These expectations can and should be met by further electrification of both the European and global economy, as electricity provides a unique, economically-competitive solution which can help to drastically reduce oil dependency, cut down on CO2 emissions and boost energy efficiency. Further development of competitive energy markets will ensure that we will be able to deliver these benefits to citizens and customers.

On the energy supply side, electricity generated from hydropower, smaller-scale renewable, nuclear energy, new technologies for distributed and embedded generation, and high-efficiency, clean conversion of fossil fuels can make secure, efficient and low-carbon energy supply a reality.
We have to keep all option open.

On the demand side, the array of existing and emerging electric technologies can further boost the efficiency of Europe's economy, and contribute to substantial energy savings.
They can:
* make "high-efficiency buildings" a reality
* substantially curb CO2 emissions and help reduce the oil dependency of transport
* further boost industrial, commercial and household energy efficiency
* enhance the quality of life of European citizens and Europe's economic competitiveness
- Sicherheitspolitik (Security)
Der Wandel vom nationalen zum gemeinsamen europäischen Thema.

- Sicherheitspolitik
Die Verschiebung vom militärischen zum zivilen Schwerpunkt.

- Security
Technische Lösungen reichen nicht aus.

- Security
Vereinbarkeit mit Demokratie, Menschenrechten und Individualrechten. Die Chance Europas, jene Region weltweit zu sein, in der Sicherheit und individuelle Entfaltung am besten gewährleistet sind.

- Security
Stabilität, Belastbarkeit und Nachhaltigkeit eines komplexen Systems.
Director, Directorate G - Industrial Technologies, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission, Brussels
Dean emeritus and distinguished Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Chair

M.D., MBA Michel Etienne CANAVAGGIO

Vice President Global R&D, Baxter Bio Science, Vienna

1981-1986 National Blood Transfusion Center, Paris, France
  Director, Probe Diagnostic Program
1986-1995 Abbott Laboratories, Chicago
  Corporate Vice President Medical Affairs and Marketing
1996-1999 Biomerieux, Lyon, France
  Chief Executive Officer
1999-2001 Genethon, Paris, France
  Vice President, R&D Europe
2001-2003 Baxter R&D Europe, Nivelles, Belgium
since 2003 Vice President, Global R&D, Baxter Bio Science, Vienna

Dr. Detlef ECKERT

Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft Europe, Middle East, Africa, Diegem

1979-1985 Assistance Professor, University of Siegen, Germany
1984 PhD
1985-1988 Head of Department, Ministry of Economics, Bremen
 Last position: Head of Department  Strategy and eEurope in DG Information Society, author of several policy documents including EU legislation
 Microsoft Europe, Middle East, and Africa responsible for Security Strategy
1988-2002 European Commission, Brussels

Dipl.-Ing. Hans HAIDER

Chief Executive Officer of Verbund, Vienna

 Studies of communication engineering at the Technical University of Vienna, second diploma (top grades) 1968.
 Several Management positions within Siemens.
1988 Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business of the Stanford University, USA
  Siemens AG with world-wide responsibility
1989 Member of the managing board of Siemens AG Austria and CEO of the business unit "audio-video systems" of
since 1994 Chairman of the Managing Board and CEO of Verbund (Österreichische Elektrizitätswirtschafts-Aktiengesellschaft)

Dr. Herbert VON BOSE

Director, Directorate G - Industrial Technologies, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission, Brussels

1968-1975 Law studies in the Universities of Bonn, Geneva and Heidelberg
1975-1976 Assistant at the Law Faculty of the University of Montpellier
1976-1979 Civil Servant in the Ministry of Justice
1979-1983 Lawyer in Mannheim/Heidelberg
since 1983 in the European Commission: Social Affairs - Coal and Steel, Energy-Internal Energy Market, Industry-Aeronautics, space, rail and maritime
1996-2004 in Directorate General Research: Head of Unit for Aeronautics and Space Research
2004 in Directorate General Research: Head of Unit for Preparatory Action for Security
2005-2007 in Directorate General Enterprise and Industry: Head of Unit for Security Research and Development
since 2007 in Directorate General Research and Innovation: Director "Industrial Technologies"

Dr. Peter F. KROGH

Dean emeritus and distinguished Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

 Studied Arts in Law and Diplomacy and Philosophy at Tufts University
1958-1960 Trainee and Acting Assistant Branch Manager, The New England Merchants Bank, Boston
1961-1962 Instructor in Government, Tufts University
1962-1967 Assistant Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
1963-1967 Host, television interview program, "Backgrounds" - WGBH-TV, Boston
1965 Visiting Scholar, The Brookings Institute
1967-1968 White House Fellow, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State
1968-1970 Associate Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
1970-1995 Dean and Professor of International Affairs, School of Foreign Service
1982-1988 Moderator, weekly PBS television program on foreign affairs "American Interests"
1988-2005 Moderator, PBS television foreign affairs series: "Great Decisions"
since 1995 Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Technology Forum

show timetable


10:00 - 12:00Technology brunch sponsored by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:00 - 15:30Our futurePlenary
16:00 - 18:00Location of science and research - a global shift?Plenary
20:00 - 21:00SecurityPlenary
21:30 - 23:45Evening reception sponsored by Alcatel AustriaSocial


Junior AlpbachBreakout


09:00 - 15:00Working Group 01: Technology and location strategies for enterprisesBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 02: Electronic carBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 03: Science of everyday productsBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 04: Security of energy supplyBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 05: NanotechnologyBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 06: From scientific journal to breaking news: science and the mediaBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 07: Fuel cells and hydrogen - the future of transport?Breakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 08: European strategies for international research cooperationBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 09: Excellence - a question of genderBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 10: Converging technologiesBreakout
16:00 - 16:45University/industry interaction - The Atlantic picturePlenary
16:45 - 17:30University/industry interaction - The Austrian solutionPlenary
17:30 - 18:00University/industry interaction - Political ConclusionsPlenary
18:00 - 20:00Reception sponsored by Province of Lower AustriaSocial
20:00 - 21:00The science of saving VenicePlenary


09:00 - 10:30Politics and SciencePlenary
10:30 - 11:30Science at the cutting edgePlenary
12:00 - 12:15Alpbach 2005 - Resumée Junior AlpbachPlenary
12:15 - 13:00Reflections and PerspectivesPlenary
13:00 - 14:30Farewell reception sponsored by Microsoft AustriaSocial