Bridges vol. 42, December 2014 / News From the Network
Trends in Research and Innovation
The 11th Austrian Research and Innovation Talk (ARIT) took place October 10, 2014, at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) hosted the annual conference and the evening reception that followed.
This year’s topic “trends in research and innovation” attracted some 175 participants from the US, Canada, and Austria. Attendees included Austrian researchers and innovators currently working in North America, as well as representatives from Austrian universities, research institutions, private industry, ministries, and funding agencies.
Participants took the opportunity to focus on recent R&D policy developments in Austria and new career and funding opportunities, as they discussed broader trends in research and innovation.
Among the distinguished speakers was Hannes Androsch, chair of the Austrian Council for Research and Technological Development, who looked beyond Europe and presented his views on the globalization of research and innovation. Another highlight of the conference was the keynote lecture given by Martin Nowak, professor of biology and mathematics, and director of the Program of Evolutionary Dynamics at the Harvard University. Nowak fascinated the attendees with his research on evolution, and examples of why humans need each other in order to succeed.
The conference set-up encouraged discussion and interaction throughout the day, provided an excellent opportunity for networking, and facilitated the establishment of research collaborations between North America and Austria. A full day of knowledge exchange and networking ended with lively world café sessions where attendees had the opportunity to talk to Austrian representatives about job and reseach opportunities in Austria, how to start a reseach group or current S&T Policies.
In the evening attendees came together for the ASciNA Award ceremony and reception, which was held at the Boston Museum of Science. In the category "Young Principal Investigator" Sonja Schmid, Assistant Professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VirginiaTech), was recognized. Mariella Gruber-Filbin and Simon Gröblacher both received honors in the category "Young Scientist". For more on the Award Ceremony.