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By Peter Fox -Penner
 
Decades of old thinking and regulatory practices would be disrupted if the US commodity utility business is replaced by an Energy Services Model, in which utilities sell their customers specific end uses such as heat or light. Enabled by the Smart Grid, this new business model would turn utilities into unique hybrids of wireless network providers and regulated public works.

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By Kenneth Wacks

 

Established by the US Department of Energy, the GridWise Architecture Council consists of 13 US and European experts in the business and technology of the utility, information, and communications industries, providing strategic direction toward a smart grid for the utility and equipment-supplier industries.


By Christine Lins

The European Renewable Energy Council launched its new study RE-thinking 2050, outlining a pathway for the EU to switch to a 100 percent renewable energy supply for electricity, heating, and cooling, as well as for transport. The report provides policy recommendations for what is needed to fully exploit the EU´s vast renewable energy potential.  

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The Upper Austrian state government has adopted the target to reaching 100% space heating and electricity from renewable energy by 2030. In-state biomass will play a key role in achieving this target, in combination with significantly strengthened energy efficiency programs.
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By Josef Buchinger

Changes in renewable energy markets, investments, industries, and policies have been so rapid in recent years that perceptions of the status of renewable energy can lag years behind the reality. The REN21 report captures that reality and provides a unique overview of renewable energy worldwide as of early 2010.

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By Klaus Jarosch
 
Schwab is an Austrian climate scientist who is currently at the Joint Global Change Research Institute in Maryland. She works on a model called the Environmental Policy Integrated Climate Model (EPIC), with the goal of calculating the genesis of greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxide.

   
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By Roger A. Pielke, Jr.

To accelerate the decarbonization of the global economy, it is far more important to emphasize a more direct approach to innovation in energy technologies with a focus on expanding energy access and lowering costs, rather than making futile efforts to establish a grand global agreement on targets and timetables.
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From Flop’enhagen to Can’tcun? US Climate Policy before the Mid-Term Elections and the UN Summit

By Alexander Ochs

US climate policy, since the issue first appeared on the political agenda 20 years ago, has been quite consistent. It has been consistent insofar as there has always been a lot of loud rhetoric and energetic controversy, but very little concrete action.

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Introducing Doris Rusch: On the Game Trail
Meet Doris Rusch, an Austrian computer game designer at MIT.
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Fulbright at 60 - Gala Event at the Austrian Embassy

Together with the US Department of State, the Austrian-American Educational Commission, the Institute of International Education, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a gala reception was held at the Austrian Embassy celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Austria.
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20-Year Anniversary of the Center for Social Innovation in Vienna

The concept of social innovation is increasingly attracting global attention. When founded two decades ago, the ZSI was a unique institution worldwide; today it has become an internationally recognized pioneer, celebrating 20 years of accomplishments and success.


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By Stephen Ezell
 
Innovation is a central driver of economic growth. Thus it plays a key role in many countries' economic development strategies that seek to gain a global competitive advantage. Their focus on innovation creates both global opportunities and threats, since countries can implement their innovation strategies in either constructive or destructive ways.

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In 2009, the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development presented the national innovation strategy document "Strategie 2020" to the Austrian government. The strategy was the result of a rather unconventional development process, based upon the concept of community-based innovation and participatory decision-making approaches.

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By Christiane Egger

 
Since the mid-1990s, the government of Upper Austria has prioritized energy efficiency and renewable energy. Renewable energy currently supplies more than 33 percent of the total primary energy demand in the state. Over 10 million sq ft of solar collectors have been installed, with a target of 30 million sq ft of solar thermal collectors by 2030.

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By Ana Starkel

 
Before entering politics, Beatrix Karl was a professor of law at the University of Graz. While a scholar, she was also with the Max Planck Institute in Munich as an Austrian Academy of Sciences fellow. bridges spoke with Karl to discuss her policy plans and priorities in 2011 and beyond.

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By Roger A. Pielke, Jr.

Woody Allen once famously said that 80 percent of life is just showing up. A similar calculus might be applied to the global climate negotiations, the annual confab that brings together activists, politicians, and other interested parties to discuss how the world might deal with the threat of climate change.

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Norman P. NeureiterCelebrating 10 Years of the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum

By Norman P. Neureiter

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) has been promoting S&T cooperation between the United States and India for 10 years. Established as an Indian private society, the forum provides a unique structure for a cooperative instrument supported by two governments.

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By Florian Pecenka 

Being one of the seven flagship initiatives of the EU 2020 strategy, Youth on the Move seeks to unify European mobility programs such as Erasmus, Grundtvig, and Comenius, and to mark the intersection between education and the labor market.

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By Sabine E. Herlitschka
 
With its Framework Programs, dating back to 1984, the European Union set up what became the largest cooperative, as well as competitive, research and technology programs in the world. Their impact goes far beyond mere research funding: The programs have fostered a culture of cooperation and capacity for intercultural collaboration among European research communities.
 
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The Wittgenstein Centre opened doors in January 2011 and aims to become a world leader in demographic analyses of human capital formation and its impact on society, the economy, and the environment. Fundamental to the Centre's research is the belief that education is the key to an equitable and sustainable world.

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By Thomas Lichtenwoehrer

 
Established in 2007 by the European Commission, the European Research Council (ERC) is the first pan-European funding organization fo frontier research. bridges spoke with ERC's President Helga Nowotny about the council's achievements in its first five years, and the challenges lying ahead.

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Elected by the Austrian Club of Education and Science Journalists for his ability to communicate science to the public, behavioral biologist Kurt Kotrschal explains how his work with wolves, greylag geese and other species offers valuable insights into human behavior.

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Pielke's Perspective
Neureiter on S&T in Diplomacy

By Roger A. Pielke, Jr.

Winston Churchill once advised that scientists should be "on tap, but not on top" when it comes to policy decision making. While experts should not, of course, determine how policy decisions ought to be made, they do add considerable value to wise decision making.

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Norman P. NeureiterA Week in Pakistan

By Norman P. Neureiter

COMSTECH, the Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation, was created by the Organization of the Islamic Conference back in 1981. Last month, COMSTECH organized a training course on technology and innovation in Islamabad.

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Letter from Brussels
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By Martin Schmid

Researchers around the world have become accustomed to the brand name of the biggest international research program: the Framework Program (FP) for RTD. One of the few definite things known about the program that will follow the current FP7, starting in 2014, is that the research community will have to get used to an entirely new name.

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By Andreas Tuerk
 
Since an extension of the Kyoto Protocol after 2012 seems unlikely, the next decade of international climate architecture will probably yield more of a patchwork of various national and regional initiatives. What role could transatlantic emissions trading play in such a new regulatory landscape?
 
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Innovation is commonly perceived and praised as a crucial element in economically effective new technologies. By contrast, innovative new social practices, organizational forms, or patterns of behavior rarely receive much attention, either as research fields or as objectives deserving of financial support.

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By Sabine E. Herlitschka

 
Today's major challenges are global in nature. Science and Technology (S&T) are key factors in finding solutions to these challenges. In a globalized "S&T Enterprise," what role does transatlantic cooperation play? This question was at the core of a qualitative study based on a Fulbright-Schuman Scholarship.

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The History of Patent Law in the US
One might easily assume that patents are a topic that only concerns patent lawyers, R&D managers, and inventors. However, because patents play an important role in modern economies – stimulating technological creativity and creating jobs – they have long been debated by US political leaders and ordinary citizens.

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Neureiter on S&T in Diplomacy

By Roger A. Pielke, Jr.

Policy analysts must achieve a tricky balance: being close to decision makers to ensure that the advice is deemed relevant and useful while, at the same time, maintaining a degree of independence in order to exercise judgments based on the merits of the issue rather than political expedience.

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Norman P. NeureiterA Tale of Two U-2s and Thoughts about a Third

By Norman P. Neureiter

On a recent trip to Havana, I came across a U-2 reconnaissance aircraft in Cuba's Museum of the Revolution. This was the second time I had come across a U-2; the first was in a museum in Beijing. Those two planes made me think about a third, which was downed in 1960 over the Soviet Union.

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