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Nobelpreisträger für Medizin; Professor emeritus, Abteilung Mikrobiologie, Biozentrum, Universität Basel Abstract
In diesem Referat soll aus der persönlichen Warte eines Zeitzeugen die rasante Entwicklung der molekularen Genetik in der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts skizziert werden. Dabei spielten die mikrobielle Genetik und die Kenntnis der Struktur des Erbträgers DNA zentrale Rollen. Schon bald eröffneten sich Wege, Gene und ganze Genome beliebiger Lebewesen zu erforschen (Genomik).

Daraus ergaben sich alsbald neue Möglichkeiten der Nutzung der erlangten Kenntnisse in der Biotechnologie. Risikoevaluation und weltanschauliche Aspekte dieser Forschungsbereiche sollen kurz diskutiert werden. Schliesslich soll auch ein Ausblick in die Zukunft dieser neuen Technologiebereiche gewagt werden.
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Professor, Collège de France, Paris; Director, Laboratoire de Chimie Supramoléculaire at ISIS, Strasbourg Abstract
The journey started with the search for molecules capable of binding selectively metal cations and transporting them through cell membranes, as takes place for instance In the nervous system. It led in 1968 to the construction in the laboratory of cage-like molecules that form inclusion complexes with various metal ions, "cryptates", entities in which the ion is contained within the central cavity of the cage. Thus began research on the chemical basis of "molecular recognition", the ability of a receptor molecule to recognize, i.e. to selectively bind a substrate entity, which also plays a crucial and ubiquitous role in biology.
Broadening the scope, led to the definition of a new field of chemistry, which was named "supramolecular chemistry", as it deals with the complex entities formed by the association of two or more chemical species held together by intermolecular forces, whereas molecular chemistry studies the features of the entities constructed from atoms linked by covalent bonds. Thereafter, the main line of development concerned the study of "self-organization" processes through the design of "programmed" systems capable of undergoing spontaneous but controlled assembly of suitable components into well-defined supramolecular architectures, on the basis of the molecular information stored at the molecular level and read out at the supramolecular level. More recently, recognizing the dynamic nature of supramolecular entities and importing it also into molecular species by insertion of reversible covalent bonds, led to the development of "constitutional dynamic chemistry", that introduces selection into self-organization processes and opens perspectives towards adaptive, "darwinian" chemistry.
Freie Journalistin, Wien Chair

Dr. Werner ARBER

Nobelpreisträger für Medizin; Professor emeritus, Abteilung Mikrobiologie, Biozentrum, Universität Basel

 Studium der Naturwissenschaften an der ETH Zürich
1953 Diplomabschluss, Hauptfach Experimentalphysik
1958 Doktorat in Biologie an der Universität Genf
1958-1959 Postdoktorat an der Universität von Südkalifornien
1960-1965 Forschungsassistent, später Privatdozent, Universität Genf
1965 außerord. Professor, Universität Genf
1970-1971 Miller-Gastprofessor, Universität von Kalifornien, Berkeley
seit 1971 ord. Professor für molekulare Mikrobiologie, Biozentrum, Universität Basel
1986-1988 Rektor der Universität Basel

Dr. Jean-Marie LEHN

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Professor, Collège de France, Paris; Director, Laboratoire de Chimie Supramoléculaire at ISIS, Strasbourg

 Studied physical, chemical and natural sciences at the University of Strasbourg
1960 Junior Member, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Guy Ourisson's laboratory
1960-1966 Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
1963 Thèse de doctorat d'Etat sur la résonance magnétique nucléaire de triterpènes
1964 Laboratory of Robert Burns Woodward at Harvard University
1966-1969 Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department of the University of Strasbourg
1970 Promoted Associate Professor and then Full Professor, Université Louis Pasteur (ULP) of Strasbourg
1970-1979 Professor, Université Louis Pasteur (ULP) of Strasbourg
1972/1974 Visiting professor, Harvard University
1979 Elected to the chair of "Chimie des Interactions Moléculaires", Collège de France, Paris
1979 Professor, Collège de France, Paris
2002-2004 Director, Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) at ULP, Strasbourg


Freie Journalistin, Wien

1984-2009 Ressort Innenpolitik in der Radio-Information, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk
1991-1997 Ressortleiterin, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk
1997-2002 Sendungsverantwortliche "Report", Moderation des politischen TV-Wochenmagazins des ORF "Report"
1999 Sendungsverantwortung für "Report International"
2001 Sendungsverantwortung für "Europa-Panorama"
2002-2005 Moderation von "Modern Times", des Zukunftsmagazins des ORF
2002-2009 Leiterin der Hauptabteilung "Bildung und Zeitgeschehen", ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk
seit 2009 Freie Journalistin und Moderatorin

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10:00 - 23:00Presentation of the three Christian Doppler Laboratories concerning allergiesCulture
10:00 - 12:00Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:20Welcome addressPlenary
13:20 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Global warmingPlenary
16:30 - 18:15The frontiers of science [in cooperation with the Institute of Science and Technology Austria]Plenary
20:00 - 21:30Looking insidePlenary
21:30 - 23:30Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent AustriaSocial


09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 01: The risk and the new - 'risk governance'Breakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 02: The changing industrial landscape  challenges, opportunities, strategiesBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 03: Climate change and risk governance - the role of research, science and innovationBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 05: New initiatives and models of the 7th EU Framework Programme on Research to enhance European competitiveness - European technology platforms from the Austrian and the European points of viewBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 05: The end of IT-innovation - the growth opportunity for Europe?Breakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 06: The impact of climate change on mobility - challenges for infrastructure and private transportBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 07: Design by nature - nature's contribution to industrial progressBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 08: Smart WellbeingBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 09: The five sensesBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 10: Technology transfer in European regionsBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 11: The phenomenon of Second Life - the creation of a new world?Breakout
09:00 - 18:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and technology for kidsBreakout
09:30 - 15:30Special event: Bulgaria and Romania as partners in EUropean science and researchBreakout
15:00 - 16:30Regions and global competitionPlenary
16:30 - 18:00The future - dream or realityPlenary
18:30 - 20:00The five sensesPlenary
20:00 - 23:30Reception hosted by the Province of Lower AustriaSocial


09:00 - 10:00What changed?Plenary
10:00 - 11:00SecurityPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Junior Alpbach and Ö1 Children's University Alpbach 2007Plenary
12:00 - 13:00Science & technology, entrepreneurship & societyPlenary
13:00 - 13:20A look back and a view aheadPlenary
13:20 - 14:30Reception hosted by Microsoft AustriaSocial