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Vienna Lectures: “Brainier, Better, More Beautiful… – Can Humans be Optimised?”

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Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
Culture / Debate
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“Improving” the human organism is a permanent issue for regulatory systems and institutions in religion, public administration, philosophy and cultural studies. The desire for physiological and biotechnological improvements has recently increased in line with new achievements in life sciences and neurophysiology. Providers, clients and the entire market for promised improvements at molecular biology level tend to disregard the cultural dimension of life as a design phenomenon that literally takes a lifetime to evolve. Instead, it is implied or sometimes even asserted that improvement(s) can be achieved by a single medical or surgical intervention.

This year’s Vienna Lecture at Alpbach focuses on discussing physiological and molecular biology interventions aimed at “optimising humans” with a view to current reality, possible prospects and consequences.

Head, Department of Cultural Studies, University of Art and Design Linz
Head, Reaserch Center for Ethics and Science in Dialogue, University of Vienna
Science Adviser, City of Vienna

Dr. Karin HARRASSER

Head, Department of Cultural Studies, University of Art and Design Linz

Studium Germanistik und Geschichte an der Universität Wien Junior Fellowship am Internationalen Forschungszentrum für Kulturwissenschaften (IFK), Wien Visiting Scholar am Department of History der Duke-University/North Carolina Promotion (Deutsche Philologie) Postdoktorandin am Graduiertenkolleg "Codierung von Gewalt im medialen Wandel" an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Universität Wien, Institut für Germanistik, an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für deutsche Literatur und an der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Kunst- und Medienwissenschaften [Gender] Gastdozentur an der Universidad National de Colombia, Bogotá, Escuela de Artes Plásticas Vertretung der Professur Techniktheorie und -geschichte an der HBK Braunschweig Gastprofessur an der Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá
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 Seit 2013 Ordentliche Universitätsprofessorin für Kulturwissenschaft an der Kunstuniversität Linz
2012

Dr. Dr.h.c. Dr. Peter KAMPITS

Head, Reaserch Center for Ethics and Science in Dialogue, University of Vienna

Studium der Philosophie, Psychologie und Geschichte an der Universität Wien Post-graduate-Studium an der Sorbonne, Paris Habilitation für Philosophie an der Universität Wien Univ.-Prof. am Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien; zahlreiche Gastprofessuren in Europa und in den USA. Leiter der "Forschungsstelle für Ethik und Wissenschaft im Dialog" Dekan der Fakultät für Philosophie und Bildungswissenschaften der Universität Wien Dekan der Klasse I (Geisteswissenschaften) der Europäischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste (EASA) Ehrendoktorat der Nationalen Taras-Schewtschenko-Universität Kiew, Ukraine Deputy General Director IUC Dubrovnik Mitglied der Bioethikkommission des Bundeskanzlers Stv. Vorsitzender der Bioethikkommission des Bundeskanzlers Universitätsrat der Friedensuniversität Stadt Schlaining Mitglied des Aufsichtsrates der Sigmund Freud Privatstiftung
1960-1965
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1974
  Langjähriger Vorstand des Instituts für Philosophie der Universität Wien
seit 1977
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Dr. Hubert Christian EHALT

Science Adviser, City of Vienna

Lehre an der Universität Wien Herausgabe der "Kulturstudien" Wissenschaftsreferent der Stadt Wien Planung und Koordination der "Wiener Vorlesungen" der Stadt Wien (bisher über 1200 Veranstaltungen) Herausgabe der Wiener Vorlesungen derzeit in 9 Buchreihen (über 250 Bände) Leiter des Institutes für Historische Anthropologie Habilitation im Fach Sozialgeschichte Professor an der Universität Wien
 Studium der Geschichte, Kunstgeschichte, Soziologie, Philosophie, Psychologie und Pädagogik, Habilitation für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte der Neuzeit
seit 1980
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 Gastprofessuren u.a. an der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, an der Universität für Künstlerische und Industrielle Gestaltung Linz, an der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck

Higher Education Symposium

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19.08.2014

17:00 - 20:00 Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDU Plenary
19:00 - 20:30 Vienna Lectures: “Brainier, Better, More Beautiful… – Can Humans be Optimised?” Culture

20.08.2014

07:00 - 07:10 Opening Plenary
07:10 - 07:20 Framing the Challenge Plenary
07:20 - 08:30 Times They are a-Changin’ – How Societal Trends Impact European Universities Plenary
09:00 - 10:00 Transformation Messages for Universities Plenary
10:00 - 10:15 Introduction to the World Café Plenary
11:50 - 12:00 Universities of the Future – Showcasing Transformation in Action Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 22: In Austria, Dropouts Aren’t Dropouts and Students Aren’t Students Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 06: Multiple Choice Tests: More than a Time Saver for Teachers Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 17: Gaming Simulation for Training in Systems-Management Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 05: Blogging for Interactive Critical Thinking Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 31: Teaching Research? Interdisciplinary Grant-Writing Skills for PhD Students Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 15: The Role of Universities in a Knowledge-Based Society Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 20: How Can a University Assert Itself in the International Environment? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 26: Living Knowledge – Social Impact in Higher Education Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 29: Community-Based Learning through Community Health Assessment Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 04: Artistic Practice Equipping Us for a Changing World Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 10: Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching to Foster Mutual Understanding of Different Disciplines Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 18: Active Learning in Spite of a Large Amount of Material – An Illusion?! Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 24: Service Learning – Applied Knowledge in Higher Education Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 21: Learning by Researching. A Best Practice Example where “Money Matters” Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 23: Transfinlandia: Gender Invention in Artistic Education Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 07: Technology and Art as a Symbiosis for Media Professions Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 02: How Can Internal Quality Management Assure Competence-Based Education? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 19: How Can Public Health Education Be Constructed Flexibly? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 28: Lab Inter Arts – A Platform for Cross-Cultural Performance Projects Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 03: Arts-Based Research on the Doctoral Level Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 01: Scientists in Society: Towards Interdisciplinary Capacity Building Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 12: Mastering Challenges of Lifelong Learning at Universities Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 25: How to Combine Different Disciplines to Face Bioeconomic Challenges? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 08: Education by Two: Tertiary Education Jointly Designed by Universities and Corporations Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 09: Supporting Women Is Important, But What About Supporting Men? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 16: Education in Sustainable Development: Implementation and Evaluation Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 27:  University Meets Industry  A Lifelong Learning Project Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 30: The University of the Future – A Haven for Self-Realisation? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 13: Online Teaching for All! Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 11: Addressing Student-Centred Learning in External Quality Assurance Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 14: Doctoral Education in a Global Context: Challenges and Opportunities Breakout
14:00 - 16:00 Breakout Session 10: What are the Implications of Internationalisation for Students? Breakout
14:30 - 16:00 Shaping the Future – Concrete Next Steps for Action Breakout
18:00 - 18:45 Changing the Role of and Practices in Higher Education Plenary
18:45 - 19:30 CityScienceTalk: Universities – Trendsetters for a Changing World? Plenary
19:30 - 21:00 Reception Social
21:15 - 21:30 Closing Remarks Plenary

21.08.2014

07:00 - 08:30 Doctoral Training at Universities – Potential and Challenges Partner
09:00 - 10:30 The Significance of Gender at Higher Education Institutions – Gender Diversity and Feminism, Blessing or Curse? Partner