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03: Inequality and resilience in the digital economy

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in englischer Sprache

Current technological changes (digitization, industry 4.0, the Internet of Things) are taking place against the backdrop of an increasing inequality in income distribution. Also, businesses, regions and societies face great challenges in terms of participation in technological change and its benefits. This results from global economic imbalances and the different capacities of societies to deal with this change. In recent years, these phenomena have become the subject of intense political debates and scientific analysis. The topic will be discussed by national and international experts from academia, business as well as from the world of those on the frontline of creating policy.

Policy Officer, Directorate-General Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels
Research Associate, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna
Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris
Director, POLICIES - Institute for Economic and Innovation Research, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Vienna Chair
Scientific Fellow, POLICIES - Institute for Economic and Innovation Research, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Vienna Coordination

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Beñat BILBAO-OSORIO

Policy Officer, Directorate-General Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels

1997-1998 Senior Honours, University of St. Andrews
1998-1999 M.Sc., European Studies, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-neuve; Project Manager Assistant, CERRM - Centre Européen de Ressources sur la Reconversion et les Mutation, Brussels
1999-2000 Consultant, Strategy Division, Business and Government Competency Centre, Arthur Anderson, Bilbao
2000-2005 Ph.D., Economic Geography, LSE London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London
2001-2005 Teacher Assistant, LSE London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London
2002 Internship, DG RTD, European Commission, Brussels
2004 Ph.D. exchange programme, European University Institute, Florence; Internship, Social Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, New York, NY
2005-2006 Programme implementation consultant, UNCTAD/WTO International Trade Centre, Geneva
2006 Senior consultant, Intrasoft International, Brussels
2007-2009 Economist, Science and Technology Policy Division; Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
2009-2011 Policy officer and economist, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels
2011-2014 Senior Economist and Associate Director, Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network, World Economic Forum, Cologny
2014-2015 Senior Economist, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels
2015-2016 Regional Director for Latin America, Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist Group, London
since 2016 Senior Economist; Team Leader, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels

Dr. Agnes KÜGLER

Research Associate, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna

2010-2015 Doctoral programme, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
2010-2015 Teaching and Research Associate, Institute for Economic Policy and Industrial Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
since 2015 Lecturer, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
since 2015 Research group, Industrial Economics, Innovation and International Competition, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna

M.Phil. Alistair NOLAN

Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris

 Alistair Nolan is a Senior Policy Analyst in the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. For the past two years Mr.Nolan has managed OECD work examining the impacts of new technologies on production, leading to the 2017 book "The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business." He is currently working on various aspects of public policy towards Artificial Intelligence. Other recent work he managed has examined the role of intangible assets in innovation and growth, leading to the book "Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation". For a number of years he specialised in the assessment of all aspects of public policy towards entrepreneurship. Mr. Nolan helped prepare the OECD’s 1998 flagship publication "Fostering Entrepreneurship" and edited two OECD books on business incubation. He is also the author of the 2003 OECD book "Entrepreneurship and Local Economic Development", which reviews knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship and sets out detailed programme and policy guidance for central and local governments. Mr. Nolan also specialised in the evaluation of public policy, and is the editor and co-author of the 2005 OECD publication "Evaluating Local Economic and Employment Development: How to Assess What Works in Programmes and Policy". For three years Mr. Nolan worked in the OECD’s Directorate for Education to develop a programme to objectively measure the generic skills of the working age populations in OECD countries. The PIAAC Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies provides a unique data set with which to examine the relationships between the stock and distribution of adult skills and a broad range of economic, employment and social outcomes. Prior to joining the OECD Mr. Nolan worked for the UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, where he occupied a variety of posts in research, policy and the design of technical co-operation.

Mag. Wolfgang POLT

Director, POLICIES - Institute for Economic and Innovation Research, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Vienna

1985-1992 Research Fellow, Institute for Research on Socio-Economic Development and Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
1992-1999 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Technology Studies of the Austrian Research Centers Seibersdorf
1996-1998 Full time Consultant, OECD/Directorate Science, Technology and Industry/Division for Science and Technology Policy in Paris
since 2000 Head, Viennese Office, INTERREG - Institute of Technology and Regional Policy and of the Viennese office of JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
since 2006 Authorised representative, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
since 2010 Head of POLICIES, Institute for Economic and Innovation Research of - JOANNEUM RESEARCH Ltd., Graz/Wien/Klagenfurt

M.Sc. Maximilian UNGER

Scientific Fellow, POLICIES - Institute for Economic and Innovation Research, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Vienna

2012-2013 Research Assistant, IMK Macroeconomic Policy Institute, Hans-Böckler-Foundation, Düsseldorf
2013-2014 Public Management Internship, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna
since 2014 Scientific Fellow, POLICIES - Institute for Economic and Innovation Research, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Vienna

Technology Symposium

show timetable

23.08.2018

09:00 - 10:00Open doors: #ART TECCulture
09:00 - 10:00Start of exhibition TEC-Xperience RoomPartner
11:00 - 11:10Welcome and openingPlenary
11:10 - 12:00RTI TalkPlenary
12:20 - 13:40Precision medicine – medicine’s solution to diversity?Plenary
14:00 - 15:30Nutrition sciencePlenary
18:15 - 19:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria & Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
19:15 - 20:30Die Presse Career lounge for students and young professionalsPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Evening ReceptionSocial

24.08.2018

06:30 - 07:00TU Austria Innovation Marathon: ideas made to order – 24 hours nonstopPlenary
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
07:15 - 08:30Seattle never sleeps: a young, booming innovation hub as this year’s guest at the Technology SymposiumPlenary
08:45 - 10:15Our digital future – how human will it be?Plenary
10:30 - 11:00Lunch snacks for the participants of the breakout sessionsSocial
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 01: The contest for key technologies – Europe’s potentials?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 02: Digitization and diversity – an opportunity for business locationsBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 03: Inequality and resilience in the digital economyBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 04: Gene therapy – intervention in nature or future hopeBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 05: Next-generation batteries: European leading-edge technology to leverage electromobilityBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 06: EU NIS directive and NIS act – what now?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 07: Industrial energy revolution: resilience through innovation?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 08: Digital literacy for allBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 09: Consequences of digital monocultures on societiesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Future disruptive technologies: challenges for modern societiesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Digital life in a physical world: rethinking digitizationBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: The renewability of societal resourcesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Resilience – how societies can cope with crisesBreakout
16:30 - 17:30Global Talk: #MakeInIndia – India on the fast track?Plenary

25.08.2018

07:00 - 08:30Cyborgs – when technology gets under your skinPlenary
08:50 - 09:50The resilience of democracy and democratic mediaPlenary
09:50 - 10:15Public service strategies in times of digital disruptionPlenary
10:30 - 11:15The physics of everyday thingsPlenary
11:00 - 12:00Snack receptionSocial