Research in times of crisis: which benefits can applied research contribute?

Aug 28 2020

Breakout Session 7 at the Alpbach Technology Forum 2020, Alpbach
28. August 11:30 – 13:30
in cooperation with Forschung Austria

This breakout session at the 2020 Technology Forum Alpbach will focus on the role that applied research can play in the crisis. We will discuss the role of applied research before (e.g. foresight studies), during (e.g. vaccine research) and after (e.g. acceleration of change) crises. How can crises and challenges in general lead to more sustainable societies and economies and how can research, technology and innovation contribute to this?


  • Siegfried Reich
    Managing Director and Head of Research, Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Salzburg


  • Klaus Pseiner
    Managing Director, FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Vienna
  • Iris Filzwieser
    Managing Director, METTOP GmbH; President, Austrian Cooperative Research, Vienna
  • Matthias Weber
    Head of Center Innovation Systems and Policy, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna
  • Christiane Spiel
    Professor of Bildung Psychology and Evaluation; Head of Department of Applied Psychology: Work, Education, Economy, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna
  • Eva-Maria Titz
    Policy advisor to Minister Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Vienna

Additional information is available at

Siegfried Reich

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