First Austrian Research Days - May 2004

As part of "Science Week@Austria" the first Austrian Research Days were held between May 13-15, 2004 in Vienna. Top Austrian scientists, selected by the Austrian Academy of Science, the Austrian Science Fund, and the Austrian Society for the Advancement of Sciences participated in this event. Over the three days, numerous lectures were given in parallel sessions at Vienna's prestigious Museum's Quarter.

{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}Around 40 scientists provided insights into their current research, putting particular emphasis into explaining highly complex matters to an interested but non-technical audience. Participants included "Scientist of the Year 2003" Josef Penninger, geneticist Renee Schröder and art historian Brigitte Borchardt-Birbaumer.
Topics ranged from astronomy to zoology, and from archeology to chemistry. Researchers spoke of quarks, biotechnology, and mathematical models for financial markets. They presented solutions to political conflicts and offered psychological implications for modern society. The mechanics of nanostructures were discussed, along with new therapies for curing cancer. Scientists explained the flow of glaciers and talked about the latest results in research on rare and doomed languages in the Alps. Robots, atoms, papyruses, enzymes and modern computer graphics particularly captured the interest of the audience.
The next Austrian Research Days are scheduled for June 1-5, 2005, again as part of "ScienceWeek @ Austria." The event will focus on two major themes: the "World Year of Physics" and the 50th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty, which in 1955 laid the foundation for a free and democratic Austria. Combining a historical event with science will remind visitors of the changes and advancement in scientific research during the past 50 years.
Speeches from the 2004 event can be accessed at

Peter Rebernik
PHAROS International - Bureau for Cultural Projects
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