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The Ig Nobel Prizes

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German and English language
Editor and co-founder, Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), Cambridge
Freie Journalistin, Wien


Editor and co-founder, Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), Cambridge

, he was the editor of the Journal of Irreproducible Results.
 Graduated from Harvard College with a degree in applied mathematics.
 Spent several years developing optical character recognition computer systems (including a reading machine for the blind), and later founded Wisdom Simulators, Inc., a creator of educational software.
 He was the back-page humor columnist for the late, lamented computer magazine Byte.
 He wrote a monthly back-page humor column for the engineering magazine Design News.
 He has been commentator for ABC-TV's World News Now and on public radio.
 He is the father and master of ceremonies of the Ig Nobel Prize.
 In addition to editing the magazine, Marc writes a monthly newsletter called mini-AIR, a weekly column for the British newspaper The Guardian, and a daily blog.
 He also frequently performs lectures that show both the funny side AND the importance of science, medicine, and technology.


Freie Journalistin, Wien

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Technology Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 09:30Technology brunch sponsored by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
11:00 - 12:00Welcome receptionPlenary
12:00 - 13:30Where Do We Come From?Plenary
14:00 - 16:30TomorrowPlenary
18:00 - 18:30ResponsibilityPlenary
18:30 - 19:30First-world know-how, third-world solutions: a comparison of outcomePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Evening reception, sponsored by Alcatel AustriaSocial


07:00 - 13:30Working Group 01: Technological Potentials for Achieving Climate Protection Goals with or without Kyoto-Protocol RatificationBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 02: Low-Carbon Energy SupplyBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 03: New Forms of Organization: Best Practice-Methods of Change Management – the Art of Managing ChangeBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 04: Crossing Borders: Overcoming Barriers – Bridging Disciplines – Rethinking CulturesBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 05: Space Policy: A New Strategic Challenge for EuropeBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 06: From Vienna to Lisbon? – Challenges for Innovation Policy on EU and National Levels in the Light of the New EU Action Plan for Innovation and the Austrian Efforts for an Innovation StrategyBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 07: Man and Machine – Interactions in the Ambient Intelligent SocietyBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 08: Security and IdentificationBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 09: Lost in Technology? – Women Careers in Research and TechnologyBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 10: Challenges of Regenerative MedicineBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 11: Telematics in Transport – Opportunities for a Mobile SocietyBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 12: MyLifeBits – Digital Immortality and its LimitsBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Special Event 1: Cooperation in South East Europe – Programs, Projects, InitiativesBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Special Event 2: The Politics of Technology: A Primer on Innovative Developments that Governments Should Embrace to Kick-Start GNPBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Special Event 3: Medical Schools in the International Context – Challenges and OpportunitiesBreakout
14:00 - 15:00Science Policy: the major players in science and research – competition and cooperation, conditions for success “Precompetitive Research”Plenary
15:00 - 16:00Science Policy: the major players in science and research – competition and cooperation, conditions for success “Competitive Research”Plenary
18:00 - 20:00Information transfer and processingPlenary


07:00 - 07:45The Ig Nobel PrizesPlenary
07:45 - 08:00Alpbach 2004 – My personal resuméePlenary
08:00 - 08:30Alpbach 2004 – resumée Junior AlpbachPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Seeing Beyond the Light: Technology and Patient s Benefit on the Example of Molecular ImagingPlenary
10:30 - 11:15Closing statementPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Farewell reception sponsored by Microsoft AustriaSocial