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

Breakout / Science Bastler
german language

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 “Ö1 Children’s University”.


First we would like to know: what are media? By which means did people communicate in earlier times and what about today? Next we will focus on electronic and digital media. We will talk about the visible and invisible using concrete examples. Of special interest will be the question if and how the images correlate with my/your reality and/or vision.

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

Please note: limited number of participants, registration necessary!

Information and registration: Claudia Klement, T +43 (50) 550-2045, E


Head of Radio Broadcasting, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna Welcome
Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Vienna Introduction
Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna Introduction
Fellow, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Innsbruck
Graduate Student, European Ethnology, University of Innsbruck
Chair, Junge Uni Innsbruck and Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Science, University of Innsbruck
Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Media Research, University of Innsbruck
Student Assistant, Department of Archaeology, University of Innsbruck
OE1 Science Department, 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


Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Vienna

1995 Promotion zum Doktor der Naturwissenschaften (Medizinische Genetik)
1990-1995 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Boehringer Ingelheim Austria GmbH
1995-1997 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Universität Wien (Postdoc)
1998-1999 Produktmanagerin bei Margaritella-Biotrade GmbH
1999-2005 Leiterin von Life Science Austria bei der Innovationsagentur GmbH (seit 2003 aws)
2000-2010 Investmentmanagerin der UniVenture Fonds
2002-2005 Geschäftsführerin, ARGE LISA Vienna Region
2003-2010 Leiterin des Bereichs Technologie & Innovation und Gesamtprokuristin (seit 2003) in der Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws)
2004-2006 Geschäftsführerin der ARGE Impulsprogramm Creativwirtschaft
2008-2010 Stellvertretende Vorsitzende, Universitätsrat Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
2009-2010 Aufsichtsrätin Innovacell Biotechnologie AG
2010-2016 Rektorin, Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
seit 2010 Aufsichtsrätin Vetwidi Forschungsholding GmbH
seit 2011 Aufsichtsratsvorsitzende Kunsthalle Wien GmbH
seit 2016 Bundesministerin für Bildung und Frauen


Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna

1985 Translator's diploma in English, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
1986 Certificate in Mass Media, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
1986-1987 MA in Communications, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
1986-1987 Fulbright Grantee and Teaching Assistant, Department of Communications and Theatre, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
1987-1993 Founding Staff Member, Director, Office for International Relations, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
1989 Master Degree in English/American and Interdisciplinary Studies, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
1990-1991 and 1993-1994 Lecturer for Media and Intercultural Issues, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
1993-1994 Director, Office for European Educational Co-operation, Austrian Academic Exchange Service, Vienna
1994-2001 Director, International Relations/Higher Education, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
1994-2002 Lecturer for EU Education Policy, Donau-Universität Krems
2001-2002 Deputy Director General for Higher Education, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
2003-2004 Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
2005-2010 Senior Advisor for Strategy and Coordination in the field of international relations with special consideration for the interface Science - Research - Education, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research
since 2010 Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy


OE1 Science Department, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

  Gestalter von Sendungen in den Ö1-Reihen "Dimensionen", "Salzburger Nachtstudio" und "Radiokolleg",
  Moderator verschiedener Live-Sendungen
seit 1985 Redakteur, Wissenschafts- und Bildungsredaktion, ORF-Hörfunk
  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
1999-2002 Ressortleiter, "Projektmanagement, Symposien, Programmentwicklung und -produktion"
seit 2002 Leiter, Ö1-Wissenschaftsredaktion

Technology Symposium

show timetable


13:00 - 13:10OpeningPlenary
13:10 - 14:15RTI TalkPlenary
14:30 - 14:50From Austria to Silicon Valley - Cyber Security as a Global FactorPlenary
14:50 - 16:10Cybernetics in Advanced Energy and Production SystemsPlenary
16:30 - 17:45Complexity and the New EnlightenmentPlenary
20:00 - 20:15Best of Art and ScienceCulture
20:15 - 21:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria and Alpbach Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
21:30 - 23:00Career LoungeSocial
21:30 - 23:30Evening ReceptionSocial


09:00 - 10:30Digital MedicinePlenary
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
10:30 - 12:30Cross-sektorale Kooperationen von ClusternPartner
11:00 - 12:30Personalized Cancer MedicinePlenary
12:30 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: Innovation by Making: Paradigm Shifts and New Innovation CulturesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: Silicon Austria: A Game Changer for Austria as a High-Tech Location?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Creating the Future: How to Reinvent Innovation ProcessesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: The Cycle of Innovation and its EcologyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Heavy Impact of Lightweight DesignBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: Looking Into the Unknown and Shifting HorizonsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Radical Innovations: More Courage to Take RisksBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: The Acceptance of Technologies by Pupils with Migration History - a Plea for Transcultural Competence as new EnlightenmentBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Cyber Security: A Fundamental RightBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: Open Access & Open Innovation - Tools for a New Enlightenment?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: Realities and Futures of RoboticsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: Energiewende - Empowering ConsumersBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: Security of Supply as a Locational FactorBreakout
19:00 - 20:30Innovation Marathon: Ideas Made to Order - 24 Hours NonstopPlenary


09:00 - 10:30Art Meets Science and Technology - Towards a New EnlightenmentPlenary
10:45 - 11:45Open Innovation: New Enlightenment? Participation - Democratisation - New SolutionsPlenary
12:15 - 13:30ETH Zurich, this Year's Special Guest at the Technology SymposiumPlenary
13:30 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial