I.S.T. Austria - Tobias Bonhoeffer Selected as First President

bridges vol. 18, July 2008 / News from the Network

Tobias Bonhoeffer Selected as First President to Head I.S.T. Austria

Tobias Bonhoeffer
Tobias Bonhoeffer

On June 28 the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (I.S.T. Austria) announced the invitation of Tobias Bonhoeffer to serve as the Institute’s first president. Bonhoeffer, a member of I.S.T. Austria’s Scientific Board, is currently the director of the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology near Munich. I.S.T. Austria’s Executive Committee has spent the past year looking for a president and it is confident that Bonhoeffer’s appointment will become effective before the end of the year.

For further information on the new president of I.S.T. Austria, please visit the I.S.T. Austria Web site.

First “Science Meets Art” Event at Essl Museum

On June 17 the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (I.S.T. Austria) invited the public to its first Science Meeting at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg. The focus of the panel was to discuss similarities and differences between science and art.

The discussion panel included Austrian Chancellor Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer, art collector and museum owner Karlheinz Essl, Haim Harari, head of the executive committee at I.S.T. Austria, Christian Krattenthaler, Wittgenstein laureate, Department of Mathematics, University of Vienna, conceptual artist Eva Schlegel, and I.S.T. Austria’s head of communication Oliver Lehmann, who moderated the session.

Discussion panel

{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick – all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest} Among other things, it was mentioned by Essl that science has less significance in Austria than do art and culture. A possible reason for this, noted by Harari, is scientists’ lack interest in science communication and its overall importance to society. Schlegel focused on similarities between science and art, citing Leonardo da Vinci and his diverse interests as an example. On the other hand Krattenthaler, himself a mathematician and a pianist, explained that to him science and art are not at all related. Chancellor Gusenbauer expressed his hopes that the establishment of institutions such as the I.S.T. Austria can help to raise public awareness about these topics.

 Science meeting audienceBy hosting these Science Meetings, I.S.T. Austria aims to establish a platform for expert discussions about the relationship between science and the larger society. The next events in the series will take place in the autumn.

For further information or other inquiries please contact:
Oliver Lehmann
Head of Communications
tel: +11 43 2243 / 9000-1006
e-mail: oliver.lehmann(at)ist-austria.ac.at