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The resilience of democracy and democratic media

Plenary / Panel
German and English language

The digitization of media and the importance of public service media enterprises are the focus of this panel with national and international experts.


Professor, Department of Organization and Learning, University of Innsbruck
Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.; Member, ERA Council Forum Austria; Cambridge
Director General, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction and Digital Humanities, Mintlab, Institute of Media Studies, KU Leuven
Editor-in-Chief, Futurezone GmbH, Vienna Chair

Dr. Leonhard DOBUSCH

Professor, Department of Organization and Learning, University of Innsbruck

1998-2003 MBA, Johannes Kepler University Linz
1999-2004 Law degree, Johannes Kepler University Linz
2005-2008 Member of the doctoral program "Research on Organizational Paths", Freie Universität Berlin
2008-2009 Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
2008 Visiting Researcher, Center for Internet & Society, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA
2009-2012 Postdoctoral fellow, Chair for Inter-firm Cooperation, Management Department, Freie Universität Berlin
2011 Guest researcher, Department Cultural Sources of Newness, Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin
2011-2012 Fellow; Head of research group, "The Business Web", Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Berlin
2012-2016 Assistant Professor in Management, Freie Universität Berlin
2014 Visiting Researcher, Institute for Nonprofit Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
since 2016 Professor of Business Administration with a Focus on Organization, University of Innsbruck

Dr. Hermann HAUSER

Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.; Member, ERA Council Forum Austria; Cambridge

1973 MA in Physics, University of Vienna
1977 Ph.D. in Physics, King's College, Cambridge University
1978-1984 Co-founder (later Chairman); Lead, Research and Development team (BBC micro); Head, team ARM micro processor; Acorn Computers, Cambridge
1986 Vice President Research, Olivetti, Ivrea, Italy
1986 Founder Director, Harlequin, Cambridge
1987 Helped with formation, a joint venture between Acorn and Apple Computers, ARM Ltd, Cambridge
1988 Founder, Active Book Company, Cambridge
1991 Co-Chairman and Chief Technology Officer - acquired Active Book Company, EO Incorporated, Mountain View, California
1992 Founder Director, Vocalis, Cambridge
1993 Founder and Chairman, Advanced Telecommunications Modules Ltd, Cambridge (changed name to Virata Corporation and merged with Globespan in 2003 and Conexant in 2004)
1993 Founder Director, joint venture with E*Trade US. Sold to E*Trade US in 2000, Electronic Share Information Ltd, Cambridge
1993 Founder Director - Acquired by CDT, Advanced Displays Ltd, Cambridge
1993 Founder Director, SynGenix, Cambridge
1996 Founder, NetChannel, San Francisco, California (sold to AOL in 1998)
since 1997 Co-founder and Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners Limited
1998 Co-founder, Cambridge Network Ltd, Cambridge

Dr. Alexander WRABETZ

Director General, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

1978-1983 Studies, Law, University of Vienna
1984-1987 International Finance Department, Girozentrale und Bank der Österreichischen Sparkassen AG
1987-1992 Assistant to the CEO and Secretary General, ÖIAG Austrian Industries AG
1990 Secretary General, ÖIAG Austrian Industries AG
1992-1994 Managing Director, VOEST Alpine Intertrading GmbH, Linz
1994-1998 Member of the Executive Board; Managing Director, VAMED Engineering GmbH & Co KG, VAMED AG, Vienna
1998-2006 CFO and Executive Vice President, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna
since 2007 Director General, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna


Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction and Digital Humanities, Mintlab, Institute of Media Studies, KU Leuven

 Bieke Zaman is assistant professor at the Meaningful Interactions Lab (Mintlab), part of the Institute of Media Studies of the KU Leuven, Belgium. She graduated from the KU Leuven in 2004 as a master in Communication Sciences, obtained post academic degrees in Usability Design (2005) and Web Development (2007), and a doctoral degree in Social Sciences (2011, KU Leuven). Fascinated by the tech side of social, and the social side of tech, Zaman pursues research programs on digital media, children and interaction design from the perspective of communication sciences and Human-Computer Interaction research. Her work has so far resulted in more than 60 international publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. At the KU Leuven, Zaman is lecturing courses on Media and Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Qualitative Research, Media Research and Innovation, and Emerging Technologies and Applications. Currently she is supervising five Ph.D. dissertations that deal with amongst others remote tangible engagements, television consumption in Brazil, participatory design with children, creative dissemination methods, and gamification.

Claudia ZETTEL

Editor-in-Chief, Futurezone GmbH, Vienna

 Claudia Zettel studierte Publizistik an der Universität Wien. Sie startete ihre journalistische Laufbahn 2005 bei der pressetext Nachrichtenagentur GmbH. Dort wirkte sie ab 2009 als Stellvertreterin des CVD. Ab 2010 wechselte sie als Redakteurin zu der Tageszeitung Kurier und dem Portal futurezone, das der Kurier vom ORF übernommenen hatte. Im Februar 2014 wurde sie stellvertretende Leiterin des Ressorts "Digital/futurezone". Claudia Zettel ist seit Jänner 2016 Chefredakteurin der futurezone.

Technology Symposium

show timetable


11:00 - 12:00Open doors: #ART TECCulture
11:00 - 12:00Start of exhibition TEC-Xperience RoomPartner
13:00 - 13:10Welcome and openingPlenary
13:10 - 14:00RTI 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 - 22:30Die Presse Career lounge for students and young professionalsPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Evening 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 - 11:50The resilience of democracy and democratic mediaPlenary
11:50 - 12:15Public service strategies in times of digital disruptionPlenary
12:30 - 13:15The physics of everyday thingsPlenary
13:00 - 14:00Snack receptionSocial