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Science at the cutting edge

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Nobel Laureate for Physics; Professor of Theoretical Physics, Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University Abstract
The Great adventures of modern science

The most extraordinary results in modern science are achieved when nations join forces in big and adventurous projects. Astronomers are extending their view further away in space and time than ever before, while particle physicists are peering deeper into the atom and what it is made of. Esoteric phenomena such as wavelike behavior of the gravitational force will soon be investigated, while new sources of energy such as nuclear fusion are brought closer to reality. In the mean time biologists are unraveling the secrets of life, and advances in medicine are lengthening and comforting our life.
Professor of Mathematics and Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge Abstract
 Evolution of cooperation

Darwinian evolution is based on competition and survival of the fittest. It does not easily account for altruistic behavior. Yet many animals, especially humans, engage in cooperative interactions. I will present models and games illuminating the mechanics of cooperation. I propose that cooperation is for evolution as fundamental as natural selection. Whenever life had to solve a major problem, cooperation was involved. In the human species, the interplay between cooperation and communication led to the emergence of cultural evolution. Indirect reciprocity is arguably the single most important selective force that shaped human intelligence.
Freie Journalistin, Wien Chair

Dr. Gerard 'T HOOFT

Nobel Laureate for Physics; Professor of Theoretical Physics, Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University

 Studied Physics and Mathematics at the University of Utrecht
1969 Staff member at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Utrecht University, then Assistant Professor
1976 Morris Loeb Lecturer at Harvard University
1976-1977 Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) at Stanford University
since 1977 Full professor at Utrecht University
1988 Guest professor of Boston University
 Simon Stevin Leerstoel, Antwerpen, Belgium
1989 Guest professor of Duke University, Durham NC

Dr. Martin NOWAK

Professor of Mathematics and Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge

 Studied Biochemistry and Mathematics at the University of Vienna. Ph.D with Karl Sigmund. Promotion sub auspiciis praesidentis.
1989-1998 at the University of Oxford, first as Erwin Schroedinger scholar, then Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
1997 Professor of Mathematical Biology
1998-2003 Director of the Program for Theoretical Biology, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
since 2003 Professor of Mathematics and Biology, Harvard University, Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics


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

Technology Forum

show timetable


10:00 - 12:00Technology brunch sponsored by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:00 - 15:30Our futurePlenary
16:00 - 18:00Location of science and research - a global shift?Plenary
20:00 - 21:00SecurityPlenary
21:30 - 23:45Evening reception sponsored by Alcatel AustriaSocial


Junior AlpbachBreakout


09:00 - 15:00Working Group 01: Technology and location strategies for enterprisesBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 02: Electronic carBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 03: Science of everyday productsBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 04: Security of energy supplyBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 05: NanotechnologyBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 06: From scientific journal to breaking news: science and the mediaBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 07: Fuel cells and hydrogen - the future of transport?Breakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 08: European strategies for international research cooperationBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 09: Excellence - a question of genderBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Working Group 10: Converging technologiesBreakout
16:00 - 16:45University/industry interaction - The Atlantic picturePlenary
16:45 - 17:30University/industry interaction - The Austrian solutionPlenary
17:30 - 18:00University/industry interaction - Political ConclusionsPlenary
18:00 - 20:00Reception sponsored by Province of Lower AustriaSocial
20:00 - 21:00The science of saving VenicePlenary


09:00 - 10:30Politics and SciencePlenary
10:30 - 11:30Science at the cutting edgePlenary
12:00 - 12:15Alpbach 2005 - Resumée Junior AlpbachPlenary
12:15 - 13:00Reflections and PerspectivesPlenary
13:00 - 14:30Farewell reception sponsored by Microsoft AustriaSocial