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

Breakout / Science Bastler
in deutscher Sprache

The children’s programme of the Alpbach Technology Forum invites girls and boys to solve the questions of How?” and “Why?” in science and technology in an entertaining way. They will get a chance to experience hands-on research and to ask questions, thus gaining access to scientific themes in an enticing, surprising and above all in a comprehensible way. These are experiences that will stimulate children to think and explore further and will also be passed on to a broader audience through the radio programme “Ö1 Children’s University”.
Limitless security and unrestricted freedom – do they fit together?
Liberty and security always have limits. In this interactive and playful workshop the children will experience what it means to set limits and, at the same time, to respect the limits of others. They will explore their own ideas of liberty and security and also take a look at current developments in society.
How can we use the internet safely? Opportunities and risks for kids in the web 2.0
The way children use new media (internet/smartphones) is constantly changing, thus creating a huge demand and need for supporting them in their smartphone and internet use. In this interactive workshop, Safer Internet expert Sebastian Holzknecht will inform the participants about the essential facts concerning the internet, data protection, apps and cyber mobbing. If you have a smartphone, please bring it along!
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! Registration deadline: August 16, 2019.
Information and registration: Claudia Klement, T +43 (50) 550-2045, E

Director General, Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Vienna Welcome
Graduate Student, Research Center for Peace and Conflict, University of Innsbruck
Expert, Safer Internet, Innsbruck
Managing Director, Young University Innsbruck Chair
Channelmanager, Programme Radio 1, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna Coordination


Director General, Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Vienna

 Barbara Weitgruber was founding staff member and Director of the Office for International Relations and lecturer at Karl-Franzens Universität Graz and then Director of the Office for European Educational Co-operation of the Austrian Academic Exchange Service in Vienna. In December 1994 she joined the Austrian Ministry in charge of higher education and research as Director and later became Deputy Director General for Higher Education and Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations. Weitgruber holds a Master degree in English/American and Interdisciplinary Studies, a Certificate in Mass Media and a Translator´s Diploma in English from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois in Chicago where she started her professional career as a Fulbright Scholarship Holder and Teaching Assistant. She is - among others - member of the Task Force for Research, Technology and Innovation of the Austrian Federal Government, the Austrian Fulbright Commission, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, the European "Research Policy Group" and chair of the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria.


Graduate Student, Research Center for Peace and Conflict, University of Innsbruck


Expert, Safer Internet, Innsbruck

Dr. Silvia PROCK

Managing Director, Young University Innsbruck


Channelmanager, Programme Radio 1, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

seit 1985 Redakteur, Wissenschafts- und Bildungsredaktion, ORF-Hörfunk
  Gestalter von Sendungen in den Ö1-Reihen "Dimensionen", "Salzburger Nachtstudio" und "Radiokolleg",
  Moderator verschiedener Live-Sendungen
1999-2002 Ressortleiter, "Projektmanagement, Symposien, Programmentwicklung und -produktion"
  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
2002-2019 Leiter, Ö1-Wissenschaftsredaktion
seit 2019 Programmleiter, Radio Ö1

Technology Symposium

show timetable


11:00 - 11:30Open doors: #ART TEC: Interfaces between Art, Technology and ScienceCulture
11:00 - 11:30Start of Exhibition TEC-Xperience RoomPartner
11:30 - 12:30Die Presse TalkPartner
13:00 - 13:10Welcome and OpeningPlenary
13:10 - 14:00RTI TalkPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Artificial Intelligence and CybersecurityPlenary
16:20 - 17:30Artificial Intelligence and RoboticsPlenary
20:15 - 21:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria & Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
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 - 10:30Developing Future Leaders for Science and BusinessPlenary
10:45 - 12:15Arizona Dreams: An Initiative of Arizona State University to Digitize EducationPlenary
12:30 - 13:15Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 01: Artificial Intelligence and Governance: Liberty, Trust, SecurityBreakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 02: Cybersecurity, Privacy, Ethics – Opportunities and Threats for a Digital SocietyBreakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 03: How Much Liberty Does a Society Need?Breakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 04: Artificial Intelligence – RIT for Austria as an Industrial LocationBreakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 05: (Why) Do We Need Art to Innovate?Breakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 06: Digitization in Industry – Design Options from the Perspective of Works Councils and ManagementBreakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 07: Liberty and Security – The First Victims of Digitization?Breakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 08: Better Safe than Sorry? Living and Doing Business Between Comfort – Speed – SecurityBreakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 09: Free Play of Innovative Forces or Systematic Restructuring?Breakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 10: Technology Offensive – A Boost for Innovation and ProsperityBreakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 11: Mixed Reality – A Digital Rendering of the Real World in the “Virtual House of Digitization”Breakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 12: Artificial Intelligence – Technology of the FutureBreakout
13:15 - 17:30Breakout Session 13: Democratized Electricity Market: Liberty at the Expense of Security?Breakout
18:30 - 20:00Tour of the Exhibition #ART TEC: Interfaces between Art, Technology and ScienceCulture
19:30 - 20:00Snack Reception for the Participants of the Career LoungeSocial
20:00 - 21:30Career Lounge for Students and Young ProfessionalsPlenary


09:00 - 11:00Bioeconomy – Essential for the Future and Security of MankindPlenary
11:30 - 13:10If You Could Read My Mind…Plenary
13:10 - 13:15Closing remarksPlenary
13:15 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial