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03: Inequality and resilience in the digital economy

Breakout / Working Group
english language

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.


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
Head of Research Group, Labour Market and Social Policy, IHS - Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (tbc)
Head of Center for Innovation Systems and Policy, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna (tbc)
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

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. MA Matthias WEBER

Head of Center for Innovation Systems and Policy, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna

1992 Dipl.-Ing. Verfahrenstechnik (Universität Stuttgart)
1993 MA Politikwissenschaften (Universität Stuttgart)
1993-2000 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Forschungsgruppenleiter am Institute for Prospective Technological Studies IPTS der Europäischen Kommission in Sevilla (E) und Ispra (I)
  Forschungsaufenthalte an den Universitäten Manchester und Sydney
1998 Dr.rer.pol. Volkswirtschaftslehre (Universität Stuttgart)
seit 2001 Leiter Geschäftsfeld FTI-Politik, AIT
seit 2003 Lehrbeauftragter an der WU Wien
2005-2008 Co-Geschäftsführer der ARGE Innovationsorientierte nachhaltige Regionalentwicklung zwischen der Stadt Wien und AIT

Mag. Wolfgang POLT

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

1977-1985 Study of Economics and Business Informatics, University of 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 of the Viennese Office, INTERREG - Institute of Technology and Regional Policy and of the Viennese office of JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
since 2006 Authorised representative of JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
since 2010 Head of Centre for Economic and Innovation Research - POLICIES - JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz/Wien

Technology Symposium

show timetable


11:00 - 12:00Open doors: #ART TEC: Interfaces between art, technology and scienceCulture
12:00 - 13:00Start of exhibition TEC-Xperience RoomPartner
13:00 - 13:10Welcome and openingPlenary
13:10 - 14:20RTI TalkPlenary
14:20 - 15:40Precision medicine - medicine's solution to diversity?Plenary
16:00 - 17:30Nutrition sciencePlenary
20:15 - 21:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria & Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
21:15 - 23:00Die Presse Career lounge for students and young professionalsPlenary
21:30 - 23:00Evening ReceptionSocial


08:30 - 09:00TU Austria Innovation Marathon: ideas made to order - 24 hours nonstopPlenary
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
09:15 - 10:30Seattle never sleeps: a young, booming innovation hub as this year’s guest at the Technology SymposiumPlenary
10:45 - 12:15Our digital future - how human will it be?Plenary
12:30 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: The contest for key technologies - Europe's potentials?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: Digitization and diversity - an opportunity for business locationsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Inequality and resilience in the digital economyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: Gene therapy - intervention in nature or future hopeBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Next-generation batteries: European leading-edge technology to leverage electromobilityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: EU NIS directive and NIS act - what now?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Industrial energy revolution: resilience through innovation?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: Digital literacy for allBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Consequences of digital monocultures on societiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: Future disruptive technologies: challenges for modern societiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: Digital life in a physical world: rethinking digitizationBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: The renewability of societal resourcesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: Resilience - how societies can cope with crisesBreakout
18:30 - 19:30Global talk: #MakeInIndia - India on the fast track?Plenary


09:00 - 10:30Cyborgs - when technology gets under your skinPlenary
10:50 - 12:00Resilience - digitisation and electronic mediaPlenary
12:15 - 13:00The physics of everyday thingsPlenary
13:00 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial