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12: The renewability of societal resources

Breakout / Working Group
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By 2050 the circular economy approach will be widely implemented in Europe. Resources used in 2050 will be a mix of bio resources, energy resources and mineral resources, the latter still comprising the largest volume. This breakout session will discuss the renewability of each of these resources and whether renewability can indeed be achieved in our current economic system.


Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm (tbc)
University Lecturer, Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Director, German Development Institute, Bonn (tbc)
Program Director Energy, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg (tbc)
Professor and Head, Institute for Ecological Economics, WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
Vice-Rector for Infrastructure and International Relations, University of Leoben Chair
Head, International Relations Office, University of Leoben Coordination


Director, German Development Institute, Bonn

 Studium der Politikwissenschaft und der Volkswirtschaftslehre an der Freien Universität Berlin und der Sogang University of Seoul/ Südkorea
1988-1995 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Lateinamerika - Abteilung des "Deutschen Instituts für Entwicklungspolitik"/ Berlin
1995-2002 Wissenschaftlicher Geschäftsführer des "Instituts für Entwicklung und Frieden" an der Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg, das von Willy Brandt gegründet wurde
2003 Professur "Internationale Politische Ökonomie", Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
seit 2004 Direktor des Deutschen Instituts für Entwicklungspolitik/ Bonn (, lehrt Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Duisburg-Essen

Dr. Sigrid STAGL

Professor and Head, Institute for Ecological Economics, WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna

1993-2001 Lecturer, Department of Economics, Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration
1996-1997 Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
1997 Research Assistant, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
2001 Visiting Scholar, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge
2001 Consultant, Austrian Ministry of Environmental Affairs
2001-2005 Lecturer, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
2004 Visiting Researcher, Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen
2005-2009 Senior Fellow, University of Sussex, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research
2007-2009 Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna
2008-2009 Full Professor, Environmental Economics and Policy, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
since 2011 Advisor, Austrian Institute of Economic Research
2013 Visiting Researcher, London School of Economics
since 2014 Reporter of the FWF - Austrian Science Fund
since 2014 Deputy Department Chair, Department Socioeconomics
since 2014 Head, Institute for Ecological Economics
since 2015 Deputy Head, Research Institute Economics of Inequality

Technology Symposium

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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